Book Description: In the fallout of her deceased father’s financial ruin, Annabelle’s prospects are looking bleak. Her fiancé has called off their betrothal, and now she remains at the mercy of her controlling and often cruel brother. Annabelle soon faces the fact that her only hope for a better life is to do the unthinkable and run away to Fellsworth, where her estranged uncle serves as the school’s superintendent. Upon arrival, Annabelle learns that she must shed her life of high society and work for her wages for the first time in her life.
Owen Locke is unswerving in his commitments. As a widower and father, he is fiercely protective of his only daughter. As an industrious gamekeeper, he is intent on keeping poachers at bay even though his ambition has always been to purchase land he can call his own. When a chance encounter introduces him to Annabelle Thorley, his steady life is shaken. For the first time since his wife’s death, Owen begins to consider a second chance at love.
As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.
My Thoughts: I just love when I've read two books by an author and am surprised when I receive the third book in the mail.
Having read The Curiosity Keeper and Dawn at Emberwilde and now A Stranger at Fellsworth all in the Treasures of Surrey "series." In my opinion this is a stand alone read as are the other two books.
Annabelle seems to be in quite a pickle. After her father dies and there is no money left, her fiancé calls of their betrothal and now her brother wants to control her every move. So what is a girl to do? Why runaway to a better place, of course.
So Annabelle does the unthinkable and runs away to the school where her uncle whom she does not know is the school superintendent. What a wake up call. Annabelle learns that she is no longer a lady of leisure but must actually work for a living.
Annabelle meets Owen and his daughter but as their relationship seems to grow there seems to be mysterious strangers and all kinds of trouble. Will these tests and trials pull the couple apart or will they learn to help each other.
Another great historical read with romance and adventure by Sarah E. Ladd!
*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild*