Thursday, October 23, 2014

REVIEW: A Lady of Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

Thank you Litfuse for this review book.
Sometimes you don't even need to know.  I didn't need to know what this book was about to know I wanted to read it.  Why?  Sarah E, Ladd, that's why!  I've read two of her books, The Heiress of Winterwood and The Headmistress of Rosemere.  They were both truly hard to put down.  When I saw her name, that's all I needed to know.

These three books are set at the same time as Jane Austen's novels. The language is exquisite and precise. The formality and manners refreshing for ladies living in this time of extreme casualness that we find ourselves living in.

The impact of indiscretion and remorse set the course of angst for both Cecily Faire and Nathaniel Stanton though they weren't the only ones involved. We all have secrets and things that we think we'd just die if others knew.  The secrets keep us captive and fearful that someone will find out.

This book combines the longing for meaningful relationships with the longing to remain guarded and safe.  It combines the hopelessness of the past with a hope for the future.  It speaks to the human condition in a genteel yet suspenseful way.

Just as I thought I would, I truly enjoyed this book.  I highly recommend this book... with a few cups of tea or cocoa... and some chocolate chip cookies or brownies.

This book is part of a Litfuse blog tour. 
A Lady of Willowgrove Hall
by Sarah E. Ladd
Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness.
His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.
Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could strip away everything she holds dear. But soon after accepting the position of lady's companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she's desperately hidden for years.
Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own --- one that has haunted him from birth and tied him to his father's position as steward of Willowgrove. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breath a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he'll never be free to find his own way in the world. He'll never be free to fall in love.
When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and build a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long suffered?
 Meet the Author 
Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. The Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

Learn more about Sarah at: websiteFacebookTwitter

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher.  
I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. I just started reading this one. Loved the first two in the series.

  2. Hi Kym,

    So sorry I missed this comment, it was buried. Please forgive me!
    Did you like A Lady of Willowgrove Hall?
    I look forward to reading more of Sarah Ladd's books.

    By the way, your comment came through to me as no reply blogger. I wrote a post about fixing that this week if you're interested.

    Are You a No Reply Blogger?

    I'll drop by soon.



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