Friday, January 2, 2015

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall

Title:  A Lady at Willowgrove Hall (Whispers on the Moors #3)
Author:  Sarah Ladd
Pages:  344
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Cecily Faire is a teacher at a girls’ school and has been offered a position as a lady’s companion, an opportunity she cannot afford to pass up.  She accepts the position, travels to her new home and instantly encounters a challenge.  Her past comes back to stare her straight in the face.  She also is introduced to the Stanton family, who make her feel welcome.  She is drawn to Nathaniel Stanton, who is the steward of Willowgrove Hall.  He likewise finds her fascinating, but both have secrets they are keeping and are determined not to let their hearts sway them.  Nathaniel has plans for his future and they don’t include a wife just yet; however, once he meets Cecily, he cannot stop thinking about her.  Cecily likes Mrs. Trent, but soon finds out she has secrets of her own that no one is willing to talk about.
Cecily begins to search for her twin sister whom she hasn’t had any contact with for five years.  All she has is her name and the city where she moved to five years ago.  Nathaniel helps her in her search, which allows them to spend more time together.  One night on her search, when she is all alone and discouraged, Cecily reaches the end of her running from God and begins to trust Him again.  The truths her mother taught her before her death about God and His Word begin to resurface.  She realizes God is nothing like her earthly father and would never abandon her. 
This is a heartwarming romance!  I don’t know if there will be any more books in this series, but if not, I’ll be on the lookout for more books from this author.  The characters of Mrs. Trenton, Cecily and Nathaniel were well-done and I could really follow the budding romance of Cecily and Nathaniel well.  The relationship between Cecily and Mrs. Trenton was so touching.  Cecily could see what years of bitterness and not trusting others did to a woman, and how it determined the perception of the whole village.  Cecily also was able to witness forgiveness, see its ability to heal and in turn learn how to forgive and trust someone other than herself.
My rating is 4 stars.

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