Could losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley?
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, the home of her long-estranged aunt and uncle, where a teaching position awaits her. Working for a wage for the first time in her life forces Annabelle to adapt to often unpleasant situations as friendships and roles she’s taken for granted are called into question.
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 eventually purchase land that he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to the lovely Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s tragic death, Owen begins to dream of 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.
I keep reading these stories waiting to be wowed like I was before, and because the covers are generally really pretty (I know...that makes me petty, but I enjoy well designed covers). Unfortunately things keep falling a little flat for me. I enjoyed A Stranger at Fellsworth when I read it, although it took a few days instead of one sitting, and when I was done I couldn't really remember what I just read. Nothing was really memorable. Nothing stood out to say, "Oh, I loved that book! Let me tell you about it."
That being said I should probably mention that I will keep reading this author. I appreciate a good clean regency romance, and the author really does deliver that every time.
Title: A Stranger at Fellsworth
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published: May 2017
Source: I received an eCopy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.