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Christian romance set in the regency period for all fans of Jane Austen and Downton Abbey
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In "The Heiress of Winterwood", Sarah E. Ladd sets her novel introduces you to Amelia Barrett, set to become the sole heiress of the stately moorland mansion Winterwood… on the condition that she marries before her 24th birthday. Some people are keen to help her, maybe over keen. Her uncle and aunt have found her the ideal potential husband in Edward. But Amelia has concerns about the motives of her chosen spouse when he refuses to allow her permission to adopt Lucy, the baby of recently deceased close friend, Katherine.
Then Katherine’s widowed husband, Graham - the baby's father, comes home from the sea bringing with him more issues, losses and regrets of his own. Amelia sees the only solution to honouring her promise to Katherine, and do take control of Winterwood, decides the only way to save both the baby and her inheritance is to propose marriage to Graham. Surprised by a proposal from a woman he’s never met before, the scene is set for this new series of Regency romance novels, "Whispers on the Moors".
With a jealous, rejected fiancé, a complex widower and his baby not to mention an uncle whose business is about to fall apart can things get any worse for Amelia? Well, when baby Lucy suddenly vanishes and a ransom note is found, I think you can guess the answer.
Heiress Of Winterwood by Sarah E Ladd was published by Thomas Nelson in April 2013 and is our 18212th best seller. The ISBN for Heiress Of Winterwood is 9781401688356.
"My kind of book! The premise grabbed my attention from the first lines and I eagerly returned to its pages. I think my readers will enjoy The Heiress of Winterwood." - Julie Klassen, bestselling, award-winning author.
"Captivated from the very first page! The Heiress of Winterwood marks Sarah E. Ladd as a rising Regency star sure to win readers' hearts!" - Laura Frantz, author of The Colonel's Lady and Love's Reckoning.
"Oh my, what an exquisite tale! With clarity and grace, Sarah E. Ladd has penned a timeless regency that rises to the ranks of Heyer and Klassen, a breathless foray into the world of Jane Austen with very little effort … and very little sleep." - Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change series.
"A delight from beginning to end, The Heiress of Winterwood is a one of a kind regency that kept me sighing with joy, laughing, crying, and even biting my nails when the occasion called for it! A whirlwind of emotions captured in an exciting tale of intrigue, kidnapping, and bittersweet love. This is Miss Ladd's debut? I can't wait to see she writes next! Remember the name, Sarah Ladd, because I'm sure you will be seeing much more from this talented author." - MaryLu Tyndall, best-selling author of Veil of Pearls and the Surrender to Destiny series.
Probably, yes. Though strictly speaking, the 'Regency Period' of English History spans only those years between 1811 and 1820 when King George III (affectionately known as ‘farmer George’ and less so as Mad King George) was deemed unfit to rule and his son, the Prince of Wales, ruled as Prince Regent.
Even though The Regency came to an end on the death of his father, when the Prince became King George IV, the name is generally applied to years up to 1837 when the crown passes via George’s brother, William IV, to Victoria and a new era begins. And for romance writer’s, the period begins long before the formal Regency; from about 1795. This later part of the George III’s reign is marked by the style of architecture, literature, fashion, furniture, political upheaval and social culture now labelled The Regency Era".
Historically, the period follows after the French Revolution and American War of Independence, but includes Napoleonic Wars with its battle of Trafalgar (1805) and Waterloo (1815). It’s a period of abject poverty for much of Britain's working classes as the impact of the Industrial Revolution demolishes centuries old social certainties and working practices.
In contrast, the era is a time of unparalleled excess for the aristocracy. Huge estates are established and mansions constructed; typified by the iconic Brighton Pavilion, built by Prince Regent himself. The rich are discovering foreign travel and the pursuits of a leisured class including spas, the seaside... and gambling.
Elegance and achievement in art, literature and architecture are the era’s lasting and most visible legacy, providing ideal settings for today’s novelists. But these years include massive social inequality, world war, political instability and economic development.
Society was strictly divided by wealth, power, status with boundaries marked by fashion, behaviour and social manners. The dark side of Regency elegance was criminality, immorality, alcoholism and a massive population boom. Beneath the glamour and gloss of Regency society was a level of squalor and exclusion that the powerful and moneyed classes largely ignored leading to serious concerns – and serious outbreaks, of riot and rebellion.
Differences of social class provide the source of division, rivalry, tension and even comedy, especially in relation to central concern of any Regency romance novel: marriage. The plight of the poor and the need for social improvement rarely drive the central plot or appear in the character list.
But in truth, for women of any social strata of the early nineteenth century, the importance of marriage is more about securing a position in society and a sufficient income than with the trivialities of love and romance. It is fear and desire that really underpin the motivation and emotion of Regency period and connects with our own times.
Christian fiction adds another layer to the complexities of society, manners, carriage rides, morning calls, assemblies, galmorous balls of the tension between aristocrats and the ‘New Rich’ of commerce and industry: the essential aspect of faith and trust in something higher. Across this landscape of inequality, passion, desire, fear, uncertainty and the strictures of society shines the light of a God that knows none of these boundaries or behaviours. The question is, will anyone in the story look up and notice how much greater is God.
|Author / Artist||Sarah E Ladd|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||Thomas Nelson (April 2013)|
|Number of Pages||320|
|Page last updated||10th December 2017|