Thursday, July 27, 2023

IN THE SHELTER OF HOLLYTHORNE HOUSE by Sarah E. Ladd, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

The Houses of Yorkshire Series Book 2

An atmospheric tale of the moors of Yorkshire in 1817.

Seemingly wealthy widow Charlotte Prior is forced to flee to her childhood home, Hollythorne House, to safeguard her infant son. Her husband left debts and dangerous angry men mean to collect. Anthony Welbourne, back from the war, is tasked with protecting Charlotte and her son. They parted ways years ago before Anthony went to war since their families were at odds. They are naturally wary of each other.

Full of danger, mystery and a rekindled romance, this book pulled me in with its descriptions and well developed characters. The hero is upright and courageous. The heroine is determined and brave. The writing flowed effortlessly and the story was interesting.

I enjoyed this trip back in time.
* I won a copy of this book from Kav Rees through a Best Reads contest. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a Christian World View

BackCover Blurb:
A young widow faces an uncertain future . . . until an unexpected 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 never to 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 chose to 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 him 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 have again, and she struggles to trust his intentions. Are the 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 and the past collides with the present, both must decide what they are willing to risk for the chance to right old wrongs and carve out a new future . . . together.

Thomas Nelson Publishing, July 2023
Available in digital ebook, paperback, library binding, and audiobook




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