The Heiress of Winterwood

Title:  The Heiress of Winterwood (Whispers on the Moors #1)
Author:  Sarah Ladd
Pages:  310
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Graham Sterling has spent what seems like a lifetime at sea.  He is in Her Majesty’s Navy and has been forced to put to port his battle-damaged ship for repairs.  While on leave he returns home to find his older brother pretty much a drunkard and the family estate in major debt.  His wife has died 10 months previous and he meets his 9-month-old baby daughter, Lucy, for the first time.  She has been in the care of his wife’s best friend, Amelia Barrett.  Initially, all Graham wants to do is find someone to care for his daughter, get his ship repaired and return to the sea.  Everything begins to change when he meets his daughter and Amelia.
Amelia Barrett is engaged to marry Edward Littleton.  If she doesn’t marry by her 24th birthday, her estate will pass to the next living male relative.  She is two months away from turning 24.  Her fiancé has demanded that Amelia stop caring for little Lucy once they are married.  Amelia has grown to love Lucy as if she were her own daughter and refuses to give her up.  This creates much tension between her and Edward.  Amelia is determined to care for Lucy no matter the cost just as she promised Katherine before she died.  Amelia overhears a discussion between Edward and her uncle and she begins to discover things about Edward she doesn’t like.  Is he truly the man for her?  Can he force her to give up Lucy?  Will yet another person she loves be taken from her?
Both main characters struggle with believing God has their best interests in mind when difficult circumstances in life come to the fore.  They don’t doubt the existence of God, but whether He cares for their day-to-day struggles as they both believe God has let them down in the past.  There isn’t a lot of action in this story and the plot moves along slowly.  I would have liked more background information on these main characters to see what made them tick.  I think this would have added depth to the characters and that would have helped me connect with them.
My rating is 3 stars.

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