Sunday, October 19, 2014

This Book Room: A Lady at Willowgrove Hall

Willowgrove Hall is full of secrets, but soon everything hidden is brought to light.

Cecily Faire has a secret—and she intends to keep it. But when she arrives at Willowgrove Hall to serve as a lady’s companion, she comes face-to-face with the only person who knows the truth about her past.

As the steward of Willowgrove Hall, Nathaniel Stanton is dedicated to serving those around him. Nothing escapes his notice—including the beautiful new lady’s companion. He is certain the lovely Miss Faire is hiding something, and he determines to uncover it. But Nathaniel has a secret of his own: he is the illegitimate son of Willowgrove’s former master. Falling in love was not part of his plans . . . until he meets Cecily Faire.

When Willowgrove’s mistress dies, everything changes. Fear of exposure forces Cecily to leave under the cover of darkness, embarking on a journey to finally find her long-lost sister. When the will is read, Nathaniel’s inheritance makes him question his future plans. Cecily and Nathaniel are forced to make decisions that will change the course of their lives. Is their love strong enough to survive?

Additional notes: This is the third book in the Whispers on the Moors series. You can read my review of the first book here and the second book here.

My thoughts: There is nothing more satisfying in a book than real characters and a real plot. I loved how relatable the characters' problems were - they weren't just superficial issues. For this time period, and for conservative people in this time period, they are real issues.

I have to admit I was a bit sad the story ended how and when it did; just when Cecily gets what she wants (which is not just the boy), the story ends. I wanted to know more about what happens next. The ending was bittersweet for me.

I was also hoping that somehow Willowgrove would come to someone other than who it did. I felt sure Mrs. Trent would change that, but it appears that is not to be the case. If nothing else, all of my disappointments just prove how invested I was in the book and the characters.

If you're a fan of historical fiction, you'll enjoy this series.

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

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