A Stranger at Fellsworth / by Sarah E. Ladd. (A Treasures of Surrey Novel, 3) 1.9.2018

Thomas Nelson     ISBN 9780718011857

Adult     Rating: 4

Sarah Ladd pens the third novel in her 19th 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 must set aside her life in high societybecause of her deceased father’s debts. She runs away to Fellsworth, 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 uncover the person behind the poaching and find a life together?

Ladd writes descriptive narrative with hints of mystery and suspense woven into the plot. As in her earlier novels in this series, the historical details enrich the plot, and the story is plot-driven with plenty of twists. The faith element has a light touch; the relationship between Annabelle and her suitor 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

Earlier Series Titles Reviewed:  The Curiosity Keeper (Mar/Apr/May/Jun 2016); Dawn at Emberwilde (Oct/Nov/Dec 2016).