Sunday, April 5, 2015
Review of "A Lady at Willowgrove Hall" by Sarah Ladd for Net Galley
I enjoyed this book - especially after reading "The Curiosity Keeper" also by Sarah Ladd.
Like a lot of us, Cecily Faire has a secret... one she carries with her and influences all the the thoughts and decisions she makes. This fact is laid out in the beginning of the book with a tumultuous scene with her father which splits the family and from her twin. Time passes and Cecily is introduced to Willowgrove Hall where she is to be a companion. Upon arriving she is introduced to Nathaniel Stanton - who is Willowgrove's Steward, has a secret that is thrust upon him and seems to rule his fate and keep him stuck in decisions not of his own making.
The tale is intriguing and most engaging! As Cecily grows closer to Nathaniel, his sisters, and the Mistress of Willowgrove whom she was to be companion to, she learns what family is really about and what trust is and how the past can rule you if you do not let it rest and move on.
I loved that in this book there were references to prayer and to faith. Cecily was given a book of the Proverbs and she comforted Mrs Tryst (to whom she was companion) and in turn found comfort in it too. This display of Christianity was not forced or focused on, but was a quite witness and reminder.
This was a lovely read, with no drawbacks or negatives.
I would recommend this book to all my friends.
A lovely regency read!
4 out of 5 Stars
Net Galley. All views are my own, I received no compensation for my review. **