Darbury, England, 1814: The Heiress of the Winterwood estate Amelia Barrett defies her family’s expectations by promising to raise her dying friend’s baby. When her fiancé refuses to let her keep the baby after they marry she takes matters into her own hands by proposing to the child’s father: Graham Sterling. Since Graham is a ship captain and away most of the time, he agrees.
Before they can wed the child is kidnapped, and Amelia and Graham are determined to get her back at any cost. Will they find her before the kidnappers make good on their ominous threat in the ransom note? Find out in The Heiress of Winterwood book one of the “Whispers of the Moors” series by Sarah Ladd.
I really enjoyed this book. The story is interesting and kept me reading, which surprised me since the kidnapping does not occur till more than halfway through. I was waiting for it to happen and for me in some books when the most important part of the summary on the back does not happen for a while I become disinterested or hurry through to get to it. That was not the case this time.
I correctly guessed the identity of the kidnappers fairly early on, however since there were several logical suspects I had doubts by the end. I enjoyed seeing Amelia and Graham’s relationship blossom, and the other characters kept the story interesting.
Trusting God is a major theme in this book. Both Amelia and Graham struggle with their faith throughout, but when the kidnapping happens they both realize they are not the ones in control of what happens and give things up to God, trusting him for the outcome.
Overall, this is an interesting book, with a good story. I give it four and half out of five stars.
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