Though A Lady at Willowgrove Hall is the third book in Sarah E. Ladd’s Whispers on the Moors series, it’s the first of her books I’ve had the pleasure to read. Now I plan to go back and read the first two. I was captivated by this book!
Set in England in 1819, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall is the story of what becomes of Cecily Faire five years after her father abandons her at Rosemere, a school for young ladies. Though her father intended the separation as a stern form of discipline, Cecily realizes that, though the separation from her twin sister was painful, overall the change worked for her good. Having graduated and served as a teacher for a time, opportunity is calling her into a new future as an elderly woman’s companion at Willowgrove Hall.
But her future and her past turn out to be a bit tangled up, and Cecily must learn how to open herself up to deepening friendships without revealing her secrets. She must also learn to see and trust God’s hand in it all. Can anyone love Cecily? Or have her past indiscretions condemned her to life alone?
Ladd brought the characters, setting, and era to life. Her descriptions of the estate and of Cecily’s dresses painted clear pictures in my mind. And, through Cecily’s eyes, she helped readers see the good in all of her characters, even those who were meant to be somewhat unlikable or villainous. I appreciated that.
Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. I am thankful I found the opportunity to read this author’s work; I will definitely watch for more!