Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness. His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.
Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could expose her disgrace. But soon after becoming a lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she’s desperately hidden for years.
Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his ownâ€”one that has haunted him for years and tied him to his father’s position as steward of Willowgrove Hall. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breath a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he’ll never be free to find his own way in the world. He’ll never be free to fall in love.
When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and fight for a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long suffered?
This is the third book in Sarah Ladd’s Whispers On The Moors series of English romances, however, it could easily be read as a stand alone novel.Â Of the books in the series this one is by far my favorite.Â While the first book deals with a variety of external challenges, including villainy and the second book delves into poor choices and the question of clinging to (or letting go of) a legacy, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall takes a closer look at struggles of an internal nature, particularly the question of identity.
Cecily defines herself by her past and Nathaniel defines himself by his DNA, but in this novel they must both learn to walk in the freedom of the One who defines them if they have any chance at finding love.
Thanks to Thomas Nelson Fiction who sent me a free digital galley of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.