A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

A Stranger at Fellsworth

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 unth...

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ISBN:0718011856
Number of Pages:336 pages

A Stranger at Fellsworth Reviews

  • Hannah

    I'll be reviewing online about 30 days ahead of publication. I have posted the link where the review will appear.

    I really liked Locke...strong, solid guy with a good sense of protective instinct toward the ladies in his life. Initially skeptical about Annabelle's motive, but quickly coming to see her as a woman of character...the early scene with the pickpocket was a good show of both characters.

    Annabelle was an enjoyable young lady. She knuckled down and got to work, despite having no prior exp

    I'll be reviewing online about 30 days ahead of publication. I have posted the link where the review will appear.

    I really liked Locke...strong, solid guy with a good sense of protective instinct toward the ladies in his life. Initially skeptical about Annabelle's motive, but quickly coming to see her as a woman of character...the early scene with the pickpocket was a good show of both characters.

    Annabelle was an enjoyable young lady. She knuckled down and got to work, despite having no prior experience and being used to a life of ease, and not stopping to whine.

    The side thread of mystery was a nice bit to add to the story to keep it from being all about the romance. All in all, a pleasant read. I especially liked it that the romance was subdued and not all throbby and hiccup-y...it felt natural instead of sensationalized. The writing style is easy to read and the editing well done, which is always a huge plus for me.

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy.

  • Staci

    Sarah Ladd delivers a solid Regency Romance with a twist of mystery once again.

    In this third book in the Treasures of Surrey series, Annabelle is living with her married brother in London and is forced to make a decision to marry a many she finds deplorable or take a risk and leave the life she has known.

    The author pens believable and honorable characters in her novels. I continue to enjoy her writing style. A Stranger at Fellsworth is recommended for fans of Regency Romance.

    My gratitude to the

    Sarah Ladd delivers a solid Regency Romance with a twist of mystery once again.

    In this third book in the Treasures of Surrey series, Annabelle is living with her married brother in London and is forced to make a decision to marry a many she finds deplorable or take a risk and leave the life she has known.

    The author pens believable and honorable characters in her novels. I continue to enjoy her writing style. A Stranger at Fellsworth is recommended for fans of Regency Romance.

    My gratitude to the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for an advance reader copy of the novel. I was not required to write a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Susan Snodgrass

    I came across Sarah Ladd's first book, 'The Heiress of Winterwood' in the book store and the cover drew me in. It was a wonderful book and I had a new author to follow. Her covers continue to delight. As do her words in each book since.

    In the fallout of her deceased father's financial ruin, Annabelle's prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé calls off their betrothal, which in itself is ruinous to her reputation and now she is at the mercy of her controlling brother who wants her to marry a man

    I came across Sarah Ladd's first book, 'The Heiress of Winterwood' in the book store and the cover drew me in. It was a wonderful book and I had a new author to follow. Her covers continue to delight. As do her words in each book since.

    In the fallout of her deceased father's financial ruin, Annabelle's prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé calls off their betrothal, which in itself is ruinous to her reputation and now she is at the mercy of her controlling brother who wants her to marry a man of his own choosing. Annabelle decides the only option open to her is to flee to Fellsworth, and fall upon the mercy of her estranged aunt and uncle whom she has not seen in a decade. Her life then takes a dramatic turn.

    Owen Locke is a gamekeeper near Fellsworth, where his daughter is a student. He is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though he longs to be a landowner himself. Owen's wife's tragic death has left him shaken, but when he meets Annabelle Thorley, he thinks just maybe he has a second chance at love.

    But all is not well at Fellsworth and the surrounding forest. Ominous forces threaten the peace that Owen and Annabelle have found. Poachers, mysterious strangers and murderers converge at the school, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude neither had expected.

    Sarah Ladd has always populated her books with engaging characters that seem real to the reader. She has a way with creating emotions within these characters that engage the reader tremendously. Her Regency novels are rich with details of the era, even down to her descriptions of clothing. The emotions here are quite vivid, at times heart pulling and seem to jump off the page at the reader. If you are a Jane Austen fan, you will adore Ladd's books. Personally, I like Ladd's better!

    Sarah Ladd also adds many faceted details to her settings as well. When she describes the forest, I feel as if I am actually there, breathing in the same air as her characters do. The descriptions amazed me, as they always do in Ladd's books. The plot is wonderful as well. She gives us a wonderful period drama, rich characters, with every attention to detail as well as great suspense. I had no clue who the culprit was until the very end. Totally unexpected.

    I hated for this book to end for it captured my attention from the very first sentence and held it to the last. Now I look forward to her next book. I highly recommend this one.

    *I was given a preview copy of this book by the publisher. My opinions are my own and honest.

  • Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    There's a quality to Sarah Ladd's writing that is restful to me, even with the tumultuous circumstances of her characters. I so easily sink into the story and am immersed in the setting. I loved seeing Annabelle take her future in her own hands and sacrifice her comfortable lifestyle for her freedom and peace. Owen is a hero that grows on you with his quiet strength and I loved his connection to the forest and land. I enjoyed Annabelle's uncle and aunt as stabilizing characters in her new and ve

    There's a quality to Sarah Ladd's writing that is restful to me, even with the tumultuous circumstances of her characters. I so easily sink into the story and am immersed in the setting. I loved seeing Annabelle take her future in her own hands and sacrifice her comfortable lifestyle for her freedom and peace. Owen is a hero that grows on you with his quiet strength and I loved his connection to the forest and land. I enjoyed Annabelle's uncle and aunt as stabilizing characters in her new and very different life. There are elements of suspense as Annabelle is in hiding from her brother and Owen is investigating the network of poachers on the land he is responsible for. The pace steadily builds as relationships deepen, secrets are uncovered, and the complex dynamics of the lives of the characters are intertwined. Annabelle and Owen both grow in their faith as they turn to God for comfort and guidance. Highly recommend to fans of historical and Regency romance!

    (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  • Julie Carpenter

    Suspense, danger, painting, family, servants, friends, heartache, woods, horses, loneliness, intrigue, prayers, rumors, peace, love, pistols, hunting, carriage rides, dresses, boarding school, jewelry, scandal, dashing hero, teaching, gardens, arranged marriages, murder, Autumn, property, inheritance and a little bit of kissing.

    I love this author's books and I really enjoy her writing style, her characters, the suspense(some books have more suspense than others), the mystery, and how she wraps i

    Suspense, danger, painting, family, servants, friends, heartache, woods, horses, loneliness, intrigue, prayers, rumors, peace, love, pistols, hunting, carriage rides, dresses, boarding school, jewelry, scandal, dashing hero, teaching, gardens, arranged marriages, murder, Autumn, property, inheritance and a little bit of kissing.

    I love this author's books and I really enjoy her writing style, her characters, the suspense(some books have more suspense than others), the mystery, and how she wraps it all up and gives the reader closure. A Stranger at Fellsworth was a great read that had me turning pages to find out what all the mystery was. I would just think I had it figured out and then something would happen and it was different than what I was thinking. I did have my eye on one character in particular but there were several characters who helped put a shadow over the one I was watching. Which then had me trying to decide if I was going to be correct in my guess or not. I love when an author can stump me in my guessing.

    Annabelle was a sweet and courageous heroine. I ached for her when she came up against so many struggles. She was trying to find her place and feel loved but her life was full of deceit and being told what to do(yes it's a regency novel so that is what life was like for women, so probably not a big surprise saying she didn't have a lot of say in her choices). Her compassion was a great addition to her character. Several instances in the story showed her true nature and helped endear her character to me more.

    Owen has some mystery surrounding him from the very beginning and as you read further into the novel all the bits and pieces are revealed. I really enjoyed the stories about his youth and I liked watching how those stories and life lessons shaped him and affected his decisions as a man.

    The chemistry and romance in the book was so well written. I loved all the moments between Annabelle and Owen. You know the video montages on YouTube, yeah I want one showcasing each moment of these two characters with some rain falling down and the right music playing in the background. I'd even vote for a period drama to be made of this novel. I enjoyed the whole of this book but I will say that my favorite part of the book was anytime these two shared page time together. Talk about some sweet and tender moments. Not every moment between them had a romantic feel to it. I loved watching their friendship and relationship grow. Sometimes a little look, sometimes just a conversation. The scene in the study, oh I loved it! There are a couple scenes in the study so you'll have to read to figure it out, but I'm sure you'll know which one I'm talking about!

    The pacing of the book had moments where it was a little slower and some where the intensity picks up the pace but I really enjoyed the reflective and slower moments. I think it's a job well done when an author can write a book with balance between the intensity and the slower moments. This has me wanting to go back and reread her other books. I have been a huge fan of her writing since my first book by her. If you haven't read any and like regency novels I highly recommend picking one up and getting lost in the pages.

    Content: Clean. Some fight scenes but nothing graphic, and a few sweet kisses. Some talk about finding peace through prayer but nothing preachy. I would recommend this book for YA and up, I'd let my teenage daughters read it.

    I received a review copy from the author. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

    Happy Reading!!!

  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation

    I enjoyed this one.

    This may be the third book in the

    trilogy, but it stood very well on its own. I haven't read the first two books yet, but didn't feel lost or anything. I enjoyed this one so much I do want to go back and read the previous books.

    I enjoyed the unique regency storyline and setting. Annabelle is not your typical regency heroine and when faced with an unwanted marriage, she runs away to her estranged Uncle in Fellsworth. He runs a boarding school for underpriv

    I enjoyed this one.

    This may be the third book in the

    trilogy, but it stood very well on its own. I haven't read the first two books yet, but didn't feel lost or anything. I enjoyed this one so much I do want to go back and read the previous books.

    I enjoyed the unique regency storyline and setting. Annabelle is not your typical regency heroine and when faced with an unwanted marriage, she runs away to her estranged Uncle in Fellsworth. He runs a boarding school for underprivileged children and offers Annabelle a safe place to stay as well as a teaching position at the school. Annabelle is having to take care of herself for the first time in her life, thrown completely out of her comfort zone she feels a bit lost. Owen Locke is the local gamekeeper and is still getting over the loss of his wife. He is drawn to Annabelle and finds himself wanting to get to know her better. I thought Annabelle and Owen had a sweet courtship and sweet romance.

    I enjoyed the storytelling and light suspense of the novel. The setting was fun, haven't read much about boarding schools during the regency time, but think it adds a nice atmosphere for a story. I thought it was well written and the characters were unique and had their own voice. I'd recommend to fans of Julie Klassen.

    Romance: Mild, clean. Chaste kisses

    Language: None

    Violence: Mild. Talk of murder - nothing overly detailed. Mild fighting.

    Religious: Mild

    Source: Netgalley

  • Deanne Patterson

    Sarah E. Ladd is a go to author for me. I read her first series and absolutely loved it. Now I have only read this book in this series but it does well as a stand alone. I had no problem understanding what was going on. This book captured my attention right from the start. I really had a hard time putting it down to do other things. This is not your run of the mill regency where they sit around all day and sip tea, very little of that was done. I was intrigued all the way through this book and t

    Sarah E. Ladd is a go to author for me. I read her first series and absolutely loved it. Now I have only read this book in this series but it does well as a stand alone. I had no problem understanding what was going on. This book captured my attention right from the start. I really had a hard time putting it down to do other things. This is not your run of the mill regency where they sit around all day and sip tea, very little of that was done. I was intrigued all the way through this book and the ending, oh my, what an awesome finale. I'd say to Anabelle, watch your back. Who you think is your friend just may not be. Not everyone is who they seem to be! I really enjoyed this and now I need to read the first two books in the series.

    Pub Date 16 May 2017

    Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Suzanne Leopold

    Annabelle Thorley’s fiance has just called off her engagement. Scandal around her late father’s financial activity made him bolt, leaving the future of her and her brother in doubt. London society in the early 1800’s was not very flexible for young women. Her brother quickly arranges a marriage to a wealthy gentleman that she cannot stand to be around. Putting her happiness first, she flees her comfortable upper class life and joins her aunt and uncle in Fellsworth.

    Her uncle oversees a boarding

    Annabelle Thorley’s fiance has just called off her engagement. Scandal around her late father’s financial activity made him bolt, leaving the future of her and her brother in doubt. London society in the early 1800’s was not very flexible for young women. Her brother quickly arranges a marriage to a wealthy gentleman that she cannot stand to be around. Putting her happiness first, she flees her comfortable upper class life and joins her aunt and uncle in Fellsworth.

    Her uncle oversees a boarding school where Annabelle find employment as a teacher’s assistant. She provides for herself and no longer has staff at her disposal. She assimilates to living with other teachers in shared housing. Her biggest worry is being found by her brother and being forced into an unhappy arranged marriage.

    This book is the third in a series, but it is not necessary to read the prior novels. It is a nice mix of historical fiction, romance and mystery. This was the first novel that I read by the author, Sarah E. Ladd.


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