Thursday, June 15, 2017

TLC Book Tours Book Review: A Stranger At Fellsworth

Author: Sarah F Ladd
Title: A Stranger At Fellsworth
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publish Date: May 16, 2017
Book Blurb: Could losing everything be the best thing to happen to Annabelle Thorley?

In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fianc√© has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, the home of her long-estranged aunt and uncle, where a teaching position awaits her. Working for a wage for the first time in her life forces Annabelle to adapt to often unpleasant situations as friendships and roles she’s taken for granted are called into question.

Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to eventually purchase land that he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to the lovely Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s tragic death, Owen begins to dream of a second chance at love.

As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.

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Review: A Stranger At Fellsworth is really an enjoyable read. It is the third book in a series, but is very much a stand alone novel. There was nothing about it that would make me feel that I was missing something.

Annabelle has been jilted and now finds herself about to be betrothed to a much older and repulsive man of her brother's choosing. Her brother isn't much nicer.

So what's a girl to do but run, and to some long lost family. Her uncle runs a boarding school in Fellsworth and Annabelle finds herself becoming a teacher there.

From lady to teacher?

That's an unusual story line but one that really works well.

We're all used to rags to riches stories, but this one goes the other way, and shows that in the face of adversity you can find strength to become someone better. You can also find love

Then there's Owen, the gamekeeper and a man that keeps getting involved in Annabelle's life. I adored him. He and Annabelle make a wonderful couple. He also has an interesting backstory. He's a widower with a young daughter, Hannah, who is at the school where Annabelle is working.

Annabelle and Hannah bond and it is easy to see something starting to happen between Annabelle and Owen.

Of course there's some conflict, with her brother and the man he wants her to marry. It tied a side plot about poaching up a little too nicely, but it did bring about a happily ever after.

Rating: 5 flowers


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

The opposite of a rags to riches story certainly isn't what I would think of as an uplifting story, but this one seems to be just that!

Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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