The Heiress of Winterwood

If you like historical fiction, you’ll want to read Sarah Ladd‘s first novel, The Heiress of Winterwood.  Set in Darbury, England, in 1814, the main character is an heiress who must marry to get her inheritance. However, a promise she made to her best friend puts a glitch in her plans (and those of her scheming fiancee!).  Amelia Barrett promised to always take care of Lucy, her friend’s daughter.  However, it seems that the only way to keep her promise will be to convince the child’s father, sea captain Graham Sterling, to marry her.

From the cover description, I expected a novel much like the cowboy fiction I’ve grown to love–a marriage of convenience, two people fall in love, etc.  “Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby. She’ll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father—a sea captain she’s never met.”

However, the book exceeded my expectations.  Instead of a predictable plot, we find Amelia Barrett locked into a battle with her family and her fiancee, who is neither willing to take in the infant nor give up Amelia’s fortune.  On the other hand, Captain Sterling doesn’t want to marry again, but he does need someone to care for his daughter while he is at sea. The ensuing commotion as each party works to get what he/she wants is action packed and full of twists and turns.  I enjoyed the novel and look forward to more from Sarah Ladd!

**Disclaimer–I received a free e-copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for my honest review.**

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