A Lady at Willowgrove Hall (book review)

Award-winning author Sarah E. Ladd examines how to escape the clutches of a tainted past in the final installment of her Whispers on the Moor series. A Regency-era novel, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall cleverly shows that even though our pasts may be shameful or painful, God can take the darkest personal histories and turn them into the brightest futures.

This book tour has been organized by Litfuse.  I was give a copy of A Lady at Willowgrove Hall in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:


Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness.His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.

Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could strip away everything she holds dear. But soon after accepting the position of lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she’s desperately hidden for years.

Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own – one that has haunted him from birth and tied him to his father’s position as steward of Willowgrove. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breath a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he’ll never be free to find his own way in the world. He’ll never be free to fall in love.

When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and build a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long suffered?

My review:

I always worry about confusing people when I want to describe a book as being amazingly visual.  As I read through the story, I just couldn't go through a single chapter without visualizing the entire scene.  The descriptions of not only the characters and locations... but even (especially) the clothing made everything so clear in my mind.  I would love to see A Lady at Willowgrove Hall made into a movie.  I imagine it would be gorgeous.

I loved that the story held so many secrets.  Secrets that were shared by so many people.  Keeping track of who knew which secret... and wondering who might know the secrets...  and wondering when (and if) the secrets would ever come to light... kept the story so interesting.  As the reader you knew what the secrets were... so suspense really came from wondering just how everyone would react when everything was out in the open.

Sometimes a book so full of intricate details and descriptions can be found slow.  That was not at all the case with this book.  It was absolutely a page turner.I'm oping the author will continue Cecily and Nathaniel's story in another book.  I'd love to know what comes next for them.

About the author:

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. "The Heiress of Winterwood" was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance and a finalist in the Debut Author category of the 2014 Carol Awards. The second book in the series, "The Headmistress of Rosemere" (2013), was on the ECPA best-seller list for several months. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.