Happy weekend friends! Would you believe I read this book two months ago!? I was updating my goodreads info today and noticed I never posted my review! My apologies to author Sarah Ladd for that. I have no idea how that happened. Life I suppose. Anyway, I just want to say that just because this book has a winter theme on the cover, don’t let that stop you from reading it. It’s good any time of year!!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Kate’s loyalties bind her to the past. Henry’s loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?
Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder –including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father’s pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.
Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather’s goals to modernize his family’s wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family’s livelihood and legacy.
Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry’s side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village’s future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls – even if it means risking their hearts in the process.
This is a wonderful regency novel. Kate’s character shows us what it’s like to be strong, to follow her heart, and to hold loyalty to her family. And yet, sometimes there is a fine line in being loyal to your family, and being loyal to the path that God has planned for you. We see Kate struggle with that throughout the story, and I could easily see myself in her shoes. Seeing Kate mature and grow in this story was a joy. Seeing her and Henry together was even better. It was almost like Romeo and Juliet – two lovers (thought they did not want to admit it) from warring families.
Henry was my favorite character by far. The thing about Henry was that he was not going to let tradition or family stand in his way of doing things the way he wanted them done. He wasn’t afraid to step on toes if he believed he was doing things for the right reason. Henry had a lot to prove. After all, the village pretty much hated his family from what his grandfather had done to business over the years. Unfortunately people are usually and automatically judged by their family. Henry had an automatic target on his back, for something he had no control over. He chose to walk with his head held high, and I just found him to be so heroic because of that. Now, at times I felt like I wanted to smack him, but isn’t that the truth with all characters?
Overall, Sarah Ladd has created a story that will hold your attention, surprise you at times (especially near the end!), and leave a smile on your face. The faith themes are woven throughout the pages in a way that will speak to your heart, and it will remind you of the importance of truly getting to know a person rather than judging them. This book was a joy to read, as all of Sarah Ladd’s books are. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance.