Huzzah to debut author Sarah E. Ladd!
This is what I love to see in a new author. She has worked hard to hand us a well crafted story that pulls you within pages and keeps you up past bedtime! Such quality promises great things to come from Sarah.
Setting: Darbury, England, 1814. I was swept once again to memories of the moors and manors of Austen's Jane Eyre--Thornfield Hall, and the wondrous stone manors of George MacDonald's works. In a time where women's wealth existed not for their independence or power, Ladd's heroine is caught between complying with the wishes of others or remaining true to her word. Her promise to a friend.
Romance: I love a great period film. By page 24, I could see this story as a movie unfolding before me. Sweet as a Jane Austen film with veiled tension filling every word of dialogue. Swoon factor to the max with Graham Sterling. From the very first two chapters, I was rooting for Graham and Amelia Barrett.
Plot & Characters: When Amelia Barrett promises to raise her dying friend's daughter, she cannot bare to abandon the child to a life of motherlessness. She defies family expectations to risk her heart and wealth in order to keep her word.
She concocts a bold plan to propose to the child's father--a sea captain she's never laid eyes on!
Graham Sterling has loved the surety his captaincy has given him, but a new daughter and her beautiful caretaker weave their way into his wake, and to a marriage arrangement that redefines his idea of a comfortable future.
Theme: The expected path, the obvious easy road ahead, or the predictable routine of our past life--may not be the path we should take as we look to the future. But so often, we are afraid to make a drastic diversion from the expected. What blessings might we forego when we are too afraid to step out and grasp a hold a the path God has set for us--one of dependence on His will, and a surrender of our own? What is gained is by far richer than what is lost.
Overall, I loved the pace and balance of plot, description, dialogue, suspense, and romance.
So, HUZZAH Sarah! I can't wait to read your coming releases in the future.
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Do you love regency? or Jane Austen?
What is your favorite period film and why?
Have you ever chose a path against all that was expected of you in order to follow your conscience? or what you believe to be God's will?
In addition to a lifetime of writing and exploring fiction, Sarah has more than ten years of strategic marketing and brand management experience. She lives in Indiana and is blessed to share her life with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and very lovable Golden Retriever.
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