In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé 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.
Another enjoyable regency read from Sarah Ladd! She has such a way of capturing vivid scenery and making the reader feel like they are experiencing the places she writes about. This story started out with suspense and a bit of mystery in the first several chapters. I admired Annabelles bravery and kindness throughout this story. It was not an easy adjustment to move, lose her status and begin a new life where she worked for a wage. Owen was thoughtful, kind, and protective. His kindness and protective nature were evident in all of his relationships in this story. To be truthful, there were times I wanted to scream at Crosley or shake her a little bit. However, the interactions with Crosley and Annabelle showed how kind Anablelle truly was. I enjoyed the mystery element in this story and the nagging sense of danger that Annabelle would be discovered after running away kept me in suspense. The last several chapters are tense, but full of answers! “A Stranger at Fellsworth” is a great addition to the Treasures of Surrey series by Sarah Ladd.
If you would like to pick up your own copy visit one of the links below: