Sarah E. Ladd pens her third novel in her nineteenth century historical series set in the English countryside.
In A Stranger at Fellsworth, Annabelle Thorley is at the mercy of her brother when she is abandoned by her fiancé and her life in high society must be abandoned due to her deceased father’s debts. She runs away to Fellworth, where her uncle serves as the superintendent. But a life of ease does not await her, for she must work for a living now.
She meets Owen Locke, widowed gamekeeper at Fellsworth. His goal is to keep poachers at bay and earn enough money to purchase land of his own for him and his young daughter. But mysterious strangers, poachers, and other forces threaten his plan and the budding relationship with Annabelle. Will they find the person behind the poaching and find a life together?
Ladd writes descriptive narrative with hints of mystery and suspense woven into the plot. Like her earlier novel in this series, the historical details enrich the plot, and is plot-driven with plenty of twists. The faith element has a light touch; the relationship between Isabel and her suitors develops appropriately to the storyline. Each book includes discussion questions for reading groups.
Recommended for adult collections in public libraries. Older teen readers will find it a clean read. It will appeal to Julie Klassen and Jane Austen fans.
Carol R. Gehringer, CLJ
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