Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness. His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.
Darbury, England, 1819
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 own—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 breathe 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 kept?
Thomas Nelson; October 2014
- ISBN 9781401688400
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- Title: A Lady at Willowgrove Hall
- Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Imprint: Thomas Nelson
In The Press
'Ladd proves yet again she's a superior novelist, creating unforgettable characters and sympathetically portraying their merits, flaws and all-too-human struggles with doubt, hope and faith.Banished from her hardscrabble home for a youthful romantic indiscretion, Cecily Faire remakes herself into an irreproachably proper paid companion to the formidable Lady Tryst of Willowgrove Hall. There Cecily meets Nathaniel Stanton, the manor's capable steward whose hard work and loyalty are repaid with Lady Tryst's inexplicable scorn. Though her employer warns her against any association with Nathaniel, Cecily cannot help her hopeless attraction to the kind, quiet man who treats her like the innocent, worthy young woman she only appears to be. If he knew the truth of her past, Cecily believes, Nathaniel would abandon her as surely as she thinks God has. But Nathaniel has secrets of his own, and together they discover that forgiveness and understanding can pave the path to redemption and true love.'