Book Description: "Amelia Barrett gave her word. Keeping it could cost her everything.
Darbury, England, 1814
Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father—a sea captain she’s never met.
When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting to her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one.
Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.
Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.
Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them."
My review: This is a dangerous book to start reading unless you have lots of time! I couldn't put it down! I finished it the day after I started it and hated to see it come to an end. Sarah Ladd is able to pull the reader into the story from the very first words. The characters were developed in such a way that the reader feels like she is part of their lives. The romance is not overdone and the suspense and mystery, while a bit predictable, makes you second guess exactly what you think is going to happen. Ms. Ladd could have continued with the story, and I would have happily kept reading. I will certainly look for more books by this author. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.