Friday, June 28, 2013
The Heiress of Winterwood- Sarah Ladd
Description: Pride goes before the fall . . . but what comes after?
Darbury, England, 1814
Amelia Barrett, heiress to an ancestral estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s infant baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father, Graham, a sea captain she’s never met.
Tragedy strikes when the child vanishes with little more than a sketchy ransom note hinting to her whereabouts. Fear for the child’s safety drives Amelia and Graham to test the boundaries of their love for this infant.
Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she examines her soul and must 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.
Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.
My Thoughts: I had to force myself to finish this. Nothing really ever happened. Constantly, I was told that something happened (Graham was injured in a battle, Lucy was kidnapped, they are searching for her, there was a fight), but you never really see any of it. It was more like watching a movie that keeps skipping in the player. The description of a fight was truly, "With every muscle still tense and alert from the previous skirmish, fresh fire surged through his veins. Within moments, fists were once again flying...". It continues but still does not say what is happening, and then we are expected to believe that he is stiff and bruised from the blows he suffered.
I found that so much happened which was unrealistic. They repeatedly say that they must marry as soon as possible, and obtain a license that makes it so they can, yet never make any real move to do so. This is even though they have almost constant companions in vicars and witnesses. All so that we can get to this moment, spoiler, "'Marry me, Amelia. Not for Lucy. Not for your inheritance. But for me.'"
While the description was often beautiful, I felt cheated by characters who could not make up their minds or act like someone of their age and station.
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