In The Shelter of Hollythorne House (The Houses of Yorkshire Series)
HISTORICAL ROMANCE I REGENCY ROMANCE
Young widow Charlotte Grey faces an uncertain future . . . until a chance encounter with her first love gives her heart a second chance in this Regency romance set on the Yorkshire Moors.
England, 1817—Charlotte Grey thought she had seen the last of Anthony Welbourne. Knowing her father would never consent to his only daughter marrying a man he deemed beneath their family’s station, Charlotte bid her final farewell to Anthony and vowed to never turn back. Instead, she honored her father’s wishes by marrying the wealthy Roland Prior.
Determined to put his love for Charlotte in the past, Anthony Welbourne chose to follow his goals and immerse himself in a life full of meaning—first as a soldier fighting a war overseas, then as a member of William Walstead’s watchmen, a rugged band of men dispatched to deal with perilous situations. Fearless and persistent, he makes it his life’s focus to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves.
When Charlotte’s husband dies unexpectedly, she quickly realizes how blind she’d been to his nefarious ambitions and how many people he’d angered on his relentless quest for wealth. To protect her infant son, Henry, from those who wish them harm, she and the baby flee to Hollythorne House, her childhood home. There Charlotte comes face to face with her former love, who has been sent as one of the hired watchman to protect her and Henry until the details of her late husband’s estate are settled.
Anthony’s presence brings back feelings she never expected to feel again, and she struggles to trust Anthony’s intentions. Are Walstead’s Watchmen really looking after Charlotte as they claim—or are they looking to make trouble for Roland’s estate and heir? Despite the constant reminders of their past, Anthony must remain focused on the task he was hired to do. But when new threats emerge, danger arises, and the past collides with the present, both must decide what they are willing to risk for the chance to right past wrongs and carve out a new future . . . together.
“The Regency has found a gifted voice in Sarah Ladd who spins magic from windswept moors and romance from a love separated but not forgotten. In the Shelter of Hollythorne House is a beautiful tale of lost love finding its strength again when all hope seems lost. Atmospheric and lush, readers will find themselves swooning in the manner of Jane Austen.”
—J’nell Ciesielski, bestselling author of The Brilliance of Stars and The Socialite
"Wow! This book has it all! Sudden death, lies, intrigue, betrayal, abduction and second chances at love."
"Ladd has done it again! A captivating story that held a unique adventure that kept my interest throughout. I loved Anthony's character most as he always held to his humble beginnings and kept his integrity intact despite others around him falling apart. All around a story well-done."
MEET THE AUTHOR
SARAH E. LADD
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.
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