Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Heiress of Winterwood


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.

My Review:

 I'm in a swoon of Regency euphoria! What a brilliant debut novel! Ladd has a lovely, flowing style -- lots of gorgeous historical details and I think she got the time period's conversation just right. The combination catapulted me into history and I do so love getting lost in a book!

Ameila is a determined (alright, stubborn), heroine. I loved the contrast between her behaviour and the 'acceptal' deportment of a young lady in that time period. And Graham doesn't know what to make of her!

An added suspense element really gives this story a kick and I found myself in rabid-reader mode which led to a near sleepless night just so I could reach the end in a timely fashion! If you love Regency, this just might be the next book for you!

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Heiress of Winterwood, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 28 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. I already have this book, so no need to enter me in the giveaway -- but I'm so glad you enjoyed it too! My review is coming later this month. Have you read anything by Julie Klassen? If not, I'd definitely recommend her for you -- lovely Regency romances and adventures, quite similar to this in some ways. :)

  2. Thanks Charity U. And yes, I adore Julie Klassen -- and she even endorsed this book. That's how I knew I'd love it!

    1. Hey, Kav -- I just got a email from you, and I'm afraid your account has been hacked. :P Jsyk.

  3. I'm so glad to read your review. I thought that I'd like this book. I love what you said about the conversation being true to the era. That can really make or break a book.
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  4. You're so right, Kay...not that I know from firsthand experience what a Regency convo sounds like, mind you. I guess I use Jane Austen as a measuring stick! But it's totally jarring to read a book where 21st century words and phrases sneak up on the characters! Good luck!

  5. This book sounds so great and have been eyeing it for awhile.
    Thank you, Kav!
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  6. I can't believe you've been eying it for a while, Amy -- I just 'discovered' it this weekend. How did I miss it's release? Ah well, I'm all caught up and it was a fabulous read. Good luck!

  7. I saw this one in one of the Booksneeze newsletters and have been wanting to read it. It looks amazing. I'd love to be entered to win a copy.


  8. You are entered, Dawn. Good luck!

  9. I've been hoping to see this one for a while now - maybe I can win it on here, let have a try at it.

  10. I am in love with the cover. I think I could also easily fall for Amelia. She seems to have so much strength and a willingness to do so much good even when it's dangerous. What's not to like? Sarah Ladd is a new author for me but I'll check to see if she has a backlist. Thank you for the chance, Kav.


  11. Na, this is Sarah Ladd's first novel. How exciting is that? And I agree, the cover is really spectacular! Good luck!

    You too, Becky!

  12. Love the cover and the review! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  13. Great review! I think I'm going to love this book. : )
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. I love these historicals. Sounds great!

  15. This is on my to-read list, sounds like a wonderful book.

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  16. I read the first 30 pages or so of this one when it was posted to facebook a couple of months back. I've been DYING to read it ever since.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  17. Oh, I would love to read this one. Sarah was the critique partner for a good friend of mine before she got published, and I heard this book is awesome! Loved your review! PLeeeaazzzze count me in. lol


  18. It's always fun to discover a new author! Thanks for the chance to win this book.


  19. I've been wanting to read this book - it's been all over my Facebook newsfeed. Thanks for the chance to win a copy! :)

    Jen C.

  20. Kav, thanks for the chance to win, this book! Knowing Julie endorsed it makes me want it all the more, though your post did that fine all on its own!

  21. Love Regencies! After having read the first chapters of this novel online and hearing many wonderful reports I definitely want to read this book. :) We need more CBA Regencies. Some favorite CBA authors with Regency books are Julie Klassen, Catherine Palmer and Kaye Dacus. I've had my eye on some of the Love Inspired Regencies and would like to read them some day. I've heard great things about LI author Mary Moore.

  22. My e-mail address is nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com .

  23. I've heard great things about this book...and I love following the author on Facebook. :)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    inspiringdaring (at) yahoo (dot) com

  24. I just discovered this book this month and would love a chance to read it. I think the plot has a unique spin on it - intriguing.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    becky (at) beckydoughty (dot) com

  25. Looks like an awesome book! It's going on my to-read list! Thanks!

  26. Been hearing about this one. Sounds interesting.. Please include me Kav. Thank you :)

  27. Good luck everyone! I knew this Regency would be popular!

  28. Oh excitement!!! This sounds wonderful! Thank you for your review.

  29. Your welcome, Teddy.Good luck!

  30. I don't usually read Regency books, but this one looks too good to pass up!! :)


  31. Kav, thanks for a chance to win this book. I really, really want to win it. Here's hoping. I have tried to win this book of Sarah's before. Hope to be lucky this time. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  32. Regency, romance and mystery, I like the sound of The Heiress of Winterwood. Beautiful review, Kav. :)
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