I’ve read and enjoyed the previous books in the Treasures of Surrey series, so picking up A Stranger at Fellsworth was a no-brainer. Sarah E. Ladd does a nice job with Regency-era romances – dynamic characters, realistic relationships and plot turns, and this time even a touch of mystery and suspense!
A Stranger at Fellsworth tells the story of Annabelle Thorley, a London gentlewoman who flees her old life for the refuge of Fellsworth. Annabelle becomes a teacher at the school and begins to realize this could be the home she’s always wanted. Her burgeoning romance with local gamekeeper Owen Locke adds to her contentment, but clouds linger on the horizon. The danger Annabelle left behind in London is closer than anyone knows.
Great descriptions, characters you could really visualize as you read, just enough suspense to surprise you and yet suit the Regency-era story. I was disappointed, however: I had no problem putting it down for a couple days mid-read. I wanted to be so deep in this story that I couldn’t possibly put it down till “The End,” but that didn’t happen. Could be this book just isn’t quite my cup o’ tea; others might love it so much they read it wearing Regency costumes!
A Stranger at Fellsworth hits the shelves May 16th.
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Regency fiction and/or Sarah E. Ladd; those who enjoyed the previous installments in the Treasures of Surrey series; readers of historical inspy fiction
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.