The synopsis on the back of the book:
Kate's loyalties bind her to the past. Henry's loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?
Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder --including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father's pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.
Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather's goals to modernize his family's wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family's livelihood and legacy.
Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry's side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village's future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls - even if it means risking their hearts in the process.
- Genre: Christian Regency Romance
- Published: 4/10/2018
- Pages: 320
- Goodreads Rating: 4.27 Stars
Why I Chose This Book
I was approached by TLC Book Tours to participate in the book tour for this book. This has been on my TBR for a while so of course, I signed up!
First Initial Thoughts
Henry was thought to be dead but then returned home after 3 years at war (the Napoleon war). Apon arriving much has changed. Including his Grandfather's business. Before, it was was a small profitable business, but in the three years, it has exploded into a much larger and extremely profitable business. What has changed the most is the family dynamics. His Grandfather is hostile and has no compassion towards certain individuals, without any real reason. Henry has changed and no longer feels that a grand life and possessions matter. And what matters most is family and love. When he comes back, he feels like no one close to him agrees with that kind of life. Then Kate enters his life.
Kate is a spunky 21-year-old who feels pressured to lead the life of a weaver and marry someone who will carry on the business. She is independent and determined, but also compassionate and kind. At the beginning of the story - we are introduced to her former friendship with Fredrica Pennington. Their friendship had to end because the Penningtons formed a business relationship with the Stocktons. And there has always been a trift between the Dearborne's and Stocktons.
Now Kate's family pressures her to marry a man named John but she doesn't feel any kind of attraction towards him. John is a good man, but something about him just didn't feel right. At times I felt John was forceful and agitated.
At first, I was a little confused as to what caused the war between the weavers and millers. However, as I read into the story it came clear to why there was an issue between the Stockton and Dearborne's, and other weaver families. Machines started replacing workers and the weavers started to brew anger at millers for placing these machines in their mill- specifically the Stockton family. As the story progressed a tragedy happens and the war brewing between the families intensifies.
Sarah brought the village of Amberdale to life. I loved how everything seemed just cozy and quaint. Despite the war brewing between the weavers and millers. It was easy to picture the English country landscape with the rolling hills, mills, and old English stone buildings. Definitely a perfect setting for a romance.
What I really liked about this book is that it wasn't solely focused on the romance. There was a mystery (no spoilers!) to be solved - along with all the family rivalry. It also kind of reminded me of a Regency version of Romeo and Juliet - without the sad ending.
Kate and Henry, I really liked their romance. It was slow but they had an immediate attraction at the start. But tried to deny it because of their families. However, love wins and I am glad it won in this instance for Kate and Henry.
One character I felt for in the story through a minor character was Miss Fredrica Pennington. Though I won't tell what happens with her family, I felt like she just wanted to be happy and marry the man she admired. But as events laid fold she had to flee her home. It felt like her life was laid out for her- without having any decision about it.
I also liked how the story covered sin and how it affects us as a person. How it affects families, relationships, business, and most of all our relationship with God. The message of this story emphasizes that no sin is too great for God. All is forgiven in the eyes of God. He knows your heart and loves you despite all that you have done.
Would I Recommend?
Yes, definitely! I think anyone who loves a good Regency Romance will thoroughly enjoy this story!
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.
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Do you also enjoy reading Regency romance books? I hope you check out this book, I know you will thoroughly enjoy it as much as I did!
NOTE: I was provided an advanced readers copy to review for the TLC Book Tour. All opinions are my own.