A READER'S OPINION
Sarah E. Ladd writes words that whisper to the heart and beg the reader to read just one more page. A STRANGER AT FELLSWORTH, the third book in Ladd's Treasures of Surrey series, is a beautiful and tender story of how losing everything one has can be the best thing to ever happen. Annabelle Thorley loses everything, forcing her to make both a terrifying and wise decision about her future. She escapes London and the oppressive hand of her brother, and makes her way to Fellsworth where she must work for a wage and in essence, seeing how the "other half lives." During her trials, Annabelle discovers who she really is and where she truly belongs. However, she doesn't have to do it alone. Through it all, Owen Locke, the gamekeeper at an estate in Fellsworth, is there when she needs him. He's a man everyone can trust and rely upon. I adored him a hero, a man worthy of finding the truest and purest of love and happiness.
There's a touch of mystery mixed into the story, and while I figured everything out early on, I still found myself immersed in Annabelle's journey. Hers was an exploration of self-discovery, and I enjoyed watching her subtle changes as the story progressed. This is Christian fiction, yet the Christian elements aren't overdone, rather woven in here and there at just the right moments, and in the right amounts for the story. Sarah E. Ladd is a wonderful writer, and fans of clean, Regency romance should be reading her books.
Rating: 5 Stars | Content Rating: 1 Heart | Reviewed by: MK McClintock
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 in her life.
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. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.
Genre: Regency Romance | Pub Date: May 16, 2017 | Page count: 336pp | Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format Read: Paperback | Source: From the reviewer's personal library.