Title: A Stranger at Fellsworth (Treasures of Surrey #3)
Author: Sarah Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.
Annabelle Thorsley is a pampered gentleman’s daughter who now lives with her brother after the death of her father. Her brother, Thomas Thorsley, has tried to get them out of the debt their father put the family business in, but the debts keep mounting unbeknownst to her. She soon learns that her brother has promised a wealthy man marriage to Annabelle to obtain the needed funds to recoup their losses. Annabelle wants nothing to do with the old, sinister and slovenly man so she hatches a plan for her future with the help of Owen Locke, who happens to be traveling with his boss and staying at Annabelle’s brother’s house.
Owen Locke is the gamekeeper on an estate of a friend of Thomas’ and has been traveling to purchase new hunting dogs. Owen sees the conditions that Annabelle must live under and agrees to help her escape. He sees her settled with a relative and can’t seem to stop thinking about her. She obtains a job and begins teaching Owen’s young daughter at a local school. Owen has long wanted to purchase his ancestral home and has gotten the landowner to agree to sell if Owen can catch the poachers who are stealing all the game from the land. Owen knows this is his only chance to become a landowner, but can’t seem to catch the criminals. He finds some clues and begins to piece the puzzle together while losing his heart to Annabelle. Can he catch the criminals in the act and gain his land?
I have read the other two books in this series and liked them, but this one just didn’t seem able to hold my attention. The two main characters couldn’t engage my emotions and the plot was just okay for me. The faith element was weak for the female lead and just average for the male lead, and I like stories that showcase characters’ faith. Every once in a while, a reader and an author just don’t click on a particular book and that was the case for this one for me. I am okay with that and I will read this author’s future writings as I have enjoyed many of her other books.
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