Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Review: A Lady at Willowgrove Hall

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall
A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cecily Faire has a secret—and she intends to keep it. But when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady's companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her past.

As the steward of Willowgrove Hall, Nathaniel Stanton is dedicated to serving those around him. Nothing escapes his notice—including the beautiful new lady’s companion. He is certain the lovely Miss Faire is hiding something, and he determines to uncover it. But Nathaniel has a secret of his own: he is the illegitimate son of Willowgrove’s former master. Falling in love was not part of his plans . . . until he meets Cecily Faire.

I loved this story. The tragedy of Cecily being separated from her family (especially her twin sister - I have a twin sister and I can't imagine being separated and not knowing where she was!) comes full circle when she comes to work at Willowgrove Hall and comes face-to-face with the man who was part of the reason for that separation. I like how the book portrays her as having grown and changed for the better. Thankfully, she has outgrown her infatuation with this man and is quickly drawn to Nathaniel. Nathaniel's character is wonderful. I enjoyed his interactions with his mother and sisters and with Cecily. I also loved Nathaniel's family! They were just what Cecily needed. The story felt a little rushed in the end but otherwise it's a wonderful story that flows smoothly and ends satisfactorily. :)

*Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing me with a free e-book copy in exchange for my honest opinion & review.*

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