A Lady at Willowgrove Hall is purely delightful. I loved it for so many reasons! It begins with a doomed romance on a stormy night followed by a drunken, angry father who banishes his daughter to Roseme's School for Young Ladies. You'll have to put the book down to slow your pulse! Hope springs anew as the opportunity for our main character, Cecily Faire, to become a companion to a wealthy, elderly lady arises. Upon arriving at Willowgrove Hall during a horrid deluge Cecily must depend on Nathanial Stanton and his kindly sisters to shelter her during the storm. They soon become friends but Cecily quickly discovers that secrets are hidden within the walls of Willowgrove Hall that threaten the happiness of those that reside there...
I adored the characters in Willowgrove Hall. Whether villain or hero, Sarah E. Ladd allows them to shine in their own fashion. What's a book without a villain to despise? Just plain dull and this story is anything but that. (To be honest, I wouldn't pass judgement until the story is over, friends. Not everyone is as they seem. I do love a delightful surprise, don't you?) My favorite characters were Mrs. Stanton, Cecily's employer, and Clarkson, her lady's maid. They speak their mind, like it or not, and they don't miss a thing. When they talk, people listen. No mindless babble with their ladies!
Sarah E. Ladd's never disappoints. A Lady at Willowgrove Hall is a romantic masterpiece you won't want to miss!
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?
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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. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.
*I was given a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.