Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth Academy, forcing one young woman to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining her hopes for the future in this sweet Regency Romance.
In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, where her estranged uncle serves as the school’s superintendent. Upon arrival, Annabelle learns that she must shed her life of high society and work for her wages for the first time.
Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to purchase land he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s death, Owen begins to consider a second chance at love.
As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found.
The third and final book in the Treasures of Surrey series (The Curiosity Keeper is first and Dawn at Emberwilde is second)Books can be read out of orderA full-length novel at 90,000 wordsA happily-ever-after, clean romance
In the third installment of her Regency-era Treasures of Surrey series, Ladd returns to the Fellsworth School in the English countryside to introduce Annabelle Thorley. Despite her father's poor business dealings, Annabelle has lived a life of privilege and protection. After the deaths of her parents, Annabelle's brother, Thomas, is ill prepared to salvage the family fortune and take care of his younger sister. Annabelle's betrothal to a wealthy older man becomes Thomas's plan B. After a physical altercation with Thomas, Annabelle flees to the London home of their estranged uncle, the superintendent at Fellsworth School in the outskirts of the city. Widower and single father Owen Locke, a gamekeeper whose daughter attends Fellsworth, has accompanied his employer to visit Thomas in London. After observing Annabelle's distress at her brother's behavior, Owen agrees to arrange safe transportation to Fellsworth for Annabelle. However, keeping Annabelle safe soon proves more difficult than anyone anticipated. With betrayals, murders, and criminal activity disrupting the peace at Fellsworth, Ladd fills the pages with as much intrigue as romance. Inspirational references are limited to a few mentions of prayers. A well-crafted story for fans of Regency novels. Agent: Rachelle Gardner, Books & Such Literary Management
A Stranger at Fellsworth
Sarah Ladd's novels draw you in and keep you enthralled. This novel was no exception. The characters we're vividly portrayed. The story held me in suspense. I enjoyed spending time in the historical setting she created. The love story built naturally and was satisfying. Some of the language struck me as too modern, but only occasionally. I have read all of her books and I recommend them. This book wonderfully blended thoughtfully written romance, uplifting themes, intriguing characters, and an absorbing plot. Well done, Sarah.
A stranger at Fellsworth
Enjoyed it! Great read
My review of A Stranger at Fellsworth
I received an advanced copy and this review is my opinion.
I loved it! The characters are engaging and the love story is a sweet romance. This an excellent book and the author is an amazing writer. This is a must read series!