Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Heiress of Winterwood Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd!

Darbury, England, 1814

Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend's baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word-even to the point of proposing to the child's father-a sea captain she's never met.

When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one.

Amelia's detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she's forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.

Graham's strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.

Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them. 

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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. 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.
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Amelia Barrett is in a bit of a predicament. In order to keep her large inheritance, she must marry. However, she has sworn to watch the baby daughter of her dear friend who died soon after childbirth. Amelia is engaged, but her intended refuses to even think about keeping the young baby. So Amelia comes up with a new plan, one that will free her from her current entanglements and allow her to keep the child- marry the child's father, Captain Graham Sterling. Captain Sterling isn't too fond of this plan, but he keep an open mind. He too soon sees the advantages of this plan, so they go forward with immediate marriage plans. Everything changes when the baby girl is kidnapped though, and Amelia and Captain Sterling learn that life can throw you curve balls in interesting ways.

I love historical novels, so I looked forward to reading this. I thought the pacing of the book was fantastic. There wasn't really time in the story for a lot of mooning about by the main characters, and that made me exceptionally happy. I also loved that the basic premise of the story allowed for a strong female characters within the confines of the time period. No matter how strong a female was, there was only so much she could do on her own. Amelia was dependent on finding someone to marry to keep her place as the heiress of her family estate. Seeing as her choice of marriage partner was the only thing she could control some, it was natural that she rebelled against what her family sought for her. While she was looking for love, more than anything she was looking for a situation she could live with on her terms. I found this to be realistic and yet still make for an enjoyable romance.

There were a few loose ends left hanging, and I'm very intrigued by some of those. I think mostly I just really liked seeing Amelia value her promise to a dying friend and a young child's life more than anything. I really believed that she would give up everything for them. This book has a bit of peril too. Just enough to keep it interesting, but not enough to make you worry too much. One thing I will say is because moved fairly quickly, I didn't feel like I got to know the Captain as much as I would have liked. I know there was background given, but I just wanted a smidge more. I guess there's always room for that in the next book.

Book provided for review.

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