“The Heiress of Winterwood was interesting enough for me to read in less than two days. It had the typical 1800s intrigue often found in novels about England during that time period. There was a dashing captain, who was very heroic and likable, and then there was Amelia, who had many good qualities as well. She did the usual annoying things like putting herself in danger by not listening when told to stay put. A lot of the elements were predictable, but it was still an enjoyable read.
I loved how you weren't quite sure who the bad guy was in the end and how a few people turned out to have ulterior motives that you didn't see coming. In essence, this was like a historical mystery because of the plot elements. But I did love the romance between the main characters. What started out as a practical plan that the hero resisted ended up being the thing that pulled their hearts toward each other. And he was very tender toward his baby. Gotta love a man who is soft around any child, even if it's his own.
The core spiritual theme had to do with not trying to fix things ourselves or solve problems in our own strength. That's always a good element and core theme for a story. The issue of learning to let go and trust God was demonstrated throughout the conflict. While not an overpowering theme, it was subtle, yet present. I didn't connect as much to the characters as I would have liked, but it was still a good story. ”