Publication Date: October 13, 2020
About the Author: Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever.
Evelyn Bray lives in a world between two classes. Fallen into genteel poverty and granddaughter to the steward of the Wyndcliff estate, she is not quite a servant, but not quite a lady. When Liam Twethewey, the young heir who is just come of age, comes out to inspect his estate, he finds himself drawn to his steward’s granddaughter. But the secretive steward is another matter entirely, and as cargo from shipwrecked vessels begins to appear in unusual places , Liam begins to wonder what kind of havey-cavey business is afoot on his property. As Evelyn’s feelings for Liam grow, she must decide where her loyalty lies.
This Regency tale has the perfect blend of romance and suspense. Despite his youth, Liam demonstrates a steadiness of character and adherence to what is right. Evelyn’s pain at being abandoned by her mother is poignantly portrayed as is her conflicted sense of duty to her selfish grandfather. Sarah Ladd has a talent for writing strong heroes and likeable heroines. The ending had the stamp of realism on it, thought it was not my favorite way for romantic declarations to come about. Readers of sweet Regency romance will love this book that rounds out Ladd’s Cornwall series.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.