• The Heiress of Winterwood

  • By: Sarah Ladd
  • Narrated by: Jackie Schlicher
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (305 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this sweet Regency romance, Amelia Barret will risk everything to keep her word — even to the point of proposing to a sea captain she’s never met.

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby. But she knows she can’t do it alone and finds herself in the surprising position of asking Graham, the child’s father — a man she’s never met before — to marry her.

When the baby vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.

Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.

To save the child they’ve both come to love — and any hopes of preserving their fledgling love — both must learn to relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them.

Praise for The Heiress of Winterwood

“My kind of book! [It] grabbed my attention from the first lines and I eagerly returned to its pages.” (Julie Klassen, best-selling, award-winning author)

“A one-of-a-kind regency that kept me sighing with joy, laughing, crying, and even biting my nails when the occasion called for it!” (MaryLu Tyndall, best-selling author)

“A timeless regency that rises to the ranks of Heyer and Klassen” (Julie Lessman, award-winning author)

The first book in the Whispers on the Moors series (The Headmistress of Rosemere is second and A Lady at Willowgrove Hall is third.)

Books can be listened to out of order

A full-length novel at 90,000 words

A happily ever after clean romance 

©2013 Thomas Nelson (P)2013 Thomas Nelson

Critic Reviews

“My kind of book! [It] grabbed my attention from the first lines and I eagerly returned to its pages.” (Julie Klassen, best-selling, award-winning author)

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Kind of bummed out

I couldn't listen to the narrator - I only got to 17:22 when I ran out of patience. The narrator is much to sing-song especially with the male voices. I'd rather read this than listen to this version.

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Pretty Good

I really enjoyed this story but I believe the narrator was mismatched to it.
The narrator has a very good voice, and I think she would sound great in something like a documentary.

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Good book, didn't love the narrator

The book was good enough, and I really liked the relationship with God that weaved throughout it, but the narrator was not my favorite.

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Good story, HORRIBLE narrator.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jackie Schlicher’s performances?

NO, NO, NO. First of all, the story is set in England so an English accent should have been used. Secondly, there is some kind noise in the background like crinkling paper or turning pages AND smacking/swallowing almost the entire time. I usually had to keep the bluetooth almost completely out of my ear just to be able to tolerate this mess. Thirdly, there is hardly any distinction at all between different people talking.

Any additional comments?

Story was good, liked the mystery, but the narration ruined it and I stayed annoyed most of the time and didn't enjoy the book hardly at all. I will listen to another book by this author only if the narrator is different.

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Great Story, poor recording.

Would you listen to The Heiress of Winterwood again? Why?

I loved this story. I wish the recording would have been done by a British actress since the story is set in England.

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It lost me...

At first, I felt really drawn into this book. It was off to a great start. The second half lost me. I did something I've never done before which was to "skim" through the audio recording just to wrap it up! The first half of the book there seemed to be so much potential for an in-depth relationship to develop between the main characters. Instead, the second half of the book was spent dealing with a kidnapping. I was just bored to tears. Sorry. I really have no interest in reading a sequel.

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bad narrator- overly religious- slow story

I rarely leave reviews but I feel like I was duped into getting this book because the cover was similar to books i usually love. I just quit this book half way through. The narrator was out of her depth and did the entire book full of English and Irish characters in an American accent. The characters lacked any interest and are not particularly likeable. Ignore the comparisons to Heyer as an author. This book completely lacks humor or lightheartedness. The plot has potential for a great story but get completely bogged down in the middle. Also, it is a little too in-your-face with the Bible quotes and Christian themes.

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a sweet love story the way love stories used to be

the story shows faith in the real sense of where people live. the tenderness of love that develops between these two mature individuals is not often seen nowadays.

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Narration is good

After having listened to literally 100s of books, I was very disappointed by the bad rap this narrator received. Don’t be put off by those reviews.

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Enthralling

The twists and turns of the plot and excellent character development keep the reader interested.

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Good Christian Regency

Would you listen to The Heiress of Winterwood again? Why?

It was good to find a Christian Regency that was more than a fluffy, mushy romance and actually had a strong supporting storyline and well drawn characters

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A little predictable but generally good.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The American narrator reading a book set in Britain was a bit of an issue, though she did do her best, I think she found British accents challenging. Also, she seemed to read rather slowly, extending a 350 page book to nearly 11 hours.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Rather too long to listen to in one sitting.