Monday, April 22, 2013

This Book Room: The Heiress of Winterwood

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an ancestral estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s infant baby. She'll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father, Graham, a sea captain she’s never met.

Tragedy strikes when the child vanishes with little more than a sketchy ransom note hinting to her whereabouts. Fear for the child’s safety drives Amelia and Graham to test the boundaries of their love for this infant.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she examines her soul and must 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.

Both must learn to accept God’s sovereignty and relinquish control so they can grasp the future He has for planned for them.

My thoughts: To describe this story in one word: intriguing. The plot is incredibly unique and heart wrenching. Amelia will do anything for the child she loves, especially since they share a common bond: they both lost their mothers at young ages. The people in Amelia's life, however, all seem to want Amelia to give up the child and do what is "best" for the family, which would certainly not be best for the child.

It can be a serious struggle to give up your family's desires to pursue your own, especially when one's family doesn't understand or support your dreams. I'm a lot different than my own relatives, and while we've always agreed to disagree, I would absolutely give up a relationship with them rather than give up a relationship with my family {Jason, Preston and Bug}.

There are quite a few sinister characters in this novel, which made the story exciting and completely unpredictable. I didn't know who kidnapped the baby or who was all involved. The plot kind of felt like a game of Clue: who, where, what, when, why? I loved it!

And like any good book, this one had a mostly happy ending. I ended up feeling empathy for a character I never thought I would feel empathy for, and that's one of the marks of a really good book: to evoke emotion for a disliked character. I truly enjoyed this book!

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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