For some authors, the writing seems to flow naturally from their pens. The era, the characters, the settings, and the plot movement seem like an organic function of their craft. Such is the case for Sarah E Ladd. I've read several of her books and her plot devices never seem to grow old. I must say, though, that with A Stranger at Fellsworth, she was a bit predictable. We have a heroine who is being bartered to a slimy man in repayment for a debt. We have a hero who helps her escape such a terrible fate and falls in love with her. We also have skulduggery, terrible accidents, and feats of derring-do.
There were some surprises in the book, though. Annabelle has a few significant trinkets from her mother that are quite valuable, and she has to share a room with three other women and her things don't get stolen. There are suspicious characters whose interactions with Annabelle don't really have a bearing on the movement on the plot. Those are extremely minor criticisms on the book, it's still a very enjoyable book and quite an easy read. Definitely worth four stars!
My thanks to Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read and review this book.