Ladd Springs [NOOK Book]

Overview

Delaney Wilkins finds herself at odds with hotel developer Nick Harris over a deathbed promise and a mysterious find in the Tennessee forest. Both are after title to Ladd Springs, a mecca of natural springs, streams and trails in the eastern Tennessee mountains, a tract of land worth millions. But Ernie Ladd, current owner of the property and uncle to Delaney, is adamantly opposed to them both.

Felicity Wilkins, Delaney’s daughter, deserves to inherit her family’s legacy, but ...

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Overview

Delaney Wilkins finds herself at odds with hotel developer Nick Harris over a deathbed promise and a mysterious find in the Tennessee forest. Both are after title to Ladd Springs, a mecca of natural springs, streams and trails in the eastern Tennessee mountains, a tract of land worth millions. But Ernie Ladd, current owner of the property and uncle to Delaney, is adamantly opposed to them both.

Felicity Wilkins, Delaney’s daughter, deserves to inherit her family’s legacy, but neighbor Clem Sweeney is working against her, ingratiating himself with Ernie Ladd. Clem is also harboring a secret that will make him a very wealthy man—unless the others stop him before he can bring it to fruition.

Complicating matters is Annie Owens. Ex-girlfriend to Jeremiah Ladd, Ernie’s estranged son lining in Atlanta, she declares her daughter Casey is Jeremiah’s, making Casey every bit as entitled to the property as Felicity—only Annie hasn’t proven this claim. Yet.

All are fighting to get the property, but only one will walk away with the gold.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044422643
  • Publisher: Dianne Venetta
  • Publication date: 4/3/2013
  • Series: Ladd Springs , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,763
  • File size: 359 KB

Meet the Author

Dianne Venetta lives in Central Florida with her husband and two children--and her part-time Yellow Lab (Cody!). An avid gardener, she spends her spare time growing organic vegetables. Surprised by the amazing discoveries she finds there every day, she wondered, "Who knew there were so many similarities between men and plants?"In addition to writing women's fiction and romance, she pens the blog for BloominThyme.com. What began as a brief hiatus from writing has blossomed into a garden blog, children's fiction series and more volunteer hours at school than she imagined!At the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses (or rosemary!), kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she's done all right.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Free, 240 pages, fast read, book one of five

    This is a free, 240 page romance, with a touch of suspence and mystery. It is book one of five. The other four cost $2.99 each. There is more violence in this book then I expected. But it was more fisticuffs than anything else. There was some non- descriptive sex. No cursing or religion. The editing was about 80% correct. While I enjoyed this book, I did not like any of the characters.....well, Delaney's horse was likable. The daughter, Felicity, was a timid rabbit, lost in her own little world where everyone doted on her, pampered and spoiled, she seemed to have problems with anything which upset her. She seemed to spend all her time crying, shaking, turning to others to solve her problems, or just playing her flute. And she was the best of the bunch. These people bugged me. There is an open plot, so the reader will purchase the next book. This is chick lit, It was a fast read. It followed the outline of most romances, although the setting, plot points and protaginests were a bit different then the run of mill types. Many of these reviews were plot spoilers, so I will not say anything else. This book was entertaing. I would recommend for ages 16 and up.

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    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Good book

    You people should just read this short story yourselves and write your own review of the story. I enjoyed reading this short book very much but this is my opinion .ShelkeyMA


    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2013

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    My daughter recommended this book to me. I was hooked from the b

    My daughter recommended this book to me. I was hooked from the beginning. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. The main character, Delaney, is a strong woman with a mind of her own who is determined to protect the property that has been in her family for generations. I was troubled by the way she treats her uncle, especially since she wants him to sign the family property over to her daughter as he promised his dying sister he would do. But Delaney’s daughter has a wonderful relationship with her great uncle. Also, Delaney is very clear that while she finds her uncle difficult, he is family and she does love and care for him.

    Delaney’s uncle, the owner of the family property, is slowly dying. He promised his sister, Delaney’s mother, that he would give the family property to Delaney and her daughter. He refuses to sign the necessary paperwork and instead threatens to leave it to a neighbor. The neighbor, Clem, is low-life who was kicked out by his own family and is trying to con Delaney’s uncle out of the property by turning him against his family. Also interested in the property is hotel developer Nick Harris. To complicate things further, Delaney discovers that Clem has made a discovering on the property that could increase its value even more.
    Disclosure: I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway on the premise that I would review it.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

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    Oh Wow. I¿ve been waiting for a book to enjoy & I¿ve finally

    Oh Wow. I’ve been waiting for a book to enjoy & I’ve finally found it. There is just something about how Ms. Venetta writes that pulls me in.
    What I liked: I absolutely loved Nick! Delaney, well, not so much. There was just something about her that irked me in the beginning. She seemed so mean and rude – of course, I forgave the bad impression when I got to know her better.
    I really enjoyed the fun of this book. There was a bit of steam & intensity but nothing a teen couldn’t handle. It really was a bit suspense, a bit romance, and a bit western — but completely a perfect mix!
    What I didn’t like: Sorry, nothing!

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    Author: Dianne Venetta
    Source: Providence Book Promotions
    Grade: A
    Steam: YA
    Series: Ladd Springs, 1

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2013

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    LADD SPRINGS introduces us to the Ladd family as they live in th

    LADD SPRINGS introduces us to the Ladd family as they live in the eastern Tennessee mountains. Before the story opens, we are given a cast of characters which introduces us to exactly who the family members are in relation to each other.

    The main characters in the story are Delaney, her Uncle Ernie, Clem Sweeny and Nick a hotel developer interested in purchasing the Ladd land. As the story begins we see Delaney in the woods coming across some trespassers, which introduces the reader to the mystery of the land. Delaney is upset as she is attempting to get Ernie to give the land to her daughter, but for some reason that isn't happening. The story goes on to give the reader a little mystery to solve, while leaving the reader with the mystery of just what Jeremiah has to do with the land, as he is the black sheep of the family and is he or Clem the father of Casey Owens. I found the descriptions of the land almost perfect. The hot springs, trails and horseback riding. One thing I missed was the smoky description and those mountains do look like they're covered in smoke.

    The characters and storyline are generic and although the reader likes them, they are not memorable ones such as Willy Loman, Randall Flagg or Sipsy (DEATH OF A SALESMAN, THE STAND, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE). They didn't really move me when I was reading the story. There were generalities in the story which could have made this story more memorable, such as Clem. What was the reason he was playing music loud? Why did his mom want him off the property? How did he discover the gold? What exactly happened between Clem and Annie? What made Jeremiah to leave? I'd have also liked to seen more of the relationship between Ernie and Albert and Jeremiah and Sussanah?

    In short, I found this story to be one I would read to pass the time in an airport layover. I concentrate on the story because it's there and I'm there, but not to the point that I'll miss my flight announcement. Now this is the first in a series, and I realise that many of my questions could be answered later on, but with the generics involved in this story, nothing makes me want to continue reading. I don't really feel anything for the characters, I don't hate them, I don't like them. To me, they're just there and when I read the description I expected much more.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

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    The characters in Ladd Springs were very stereotypical, which bo

    The characters in Ladd Springs were very stereotypical, which bothered me quite a bit. Coming from a girl who has lived most of her life in the hills of Tennessee, I definitely know people like these characters, but I promise you not all Tennesseans are like them. Some of the characters grew/matured as the story progressed. All in all, I ended up enjoying the story. It was a quick read, that provided a nice little escape. Ladd Springs by Dianne Venetta was provided to me by the Partners In Crime Tours for review. The opinions are my own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    I recently read this book and absolutely loved it. I received it

    I recently read this book and absolutely loved it. I received it as part of the Goodreads First Reads and I'm so glad I did because it introduced me to an author I probably wouldn't have found on my own. I'm going to be watching for more of her books from now own, starting with Ladd Fortune.

    Ladd Springs tells the story of the Ladd family and their battle over who will inherit the family land. The story is told from multiple points of view but mostly focuses on Delaney, the niece of the current owner of the property who only wants the land for her daughter to grow up on the way she did.

    But the Ladd's aren't the only ones fighting over the land. Nick Harris, a hotel developer, is also trying to get his hands on the land to build his newest hotel and spa. Then there's is Clem, the neighbor who also wants the property but keeps his reasons a secret.

    If you love a good mystery with a bit of action and romance, this is the perfect book for you. It jumps right into the story from the first page and before you get even halfway through you can't put it down. Definitely a must read this summer! Oh, and I almost forgot. This book will make you hungry. The author talks about food in several places and the way she describes it makes your mouth water. Especially the cornbread.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A dispute over

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

    A dispute over land and inheritance take center stage in this book as a family battles over long held grudges and issues as the eldest Ladd decides who should inherit his property.  I loved that a book with such heritage took place in the South and with a dispute over land.  With many extended family members, I had to diagram this family out, so I didn't miss all of the connections between them all.  

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

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    I enjoyed this story on to the next one .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Worth reading

    Good nook book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2014

    Great

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    Money in them thar hills!

    A Tennesse setting with a western style romance novel. Mother love and family drama create excitement and danger. Unbelievable for the most part, but fun to read. Beware the cornbread recipe. Real southern cooks will raise an eyebrow at that one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    I just could not finish this book. I have been struggling with

    I just could not finish this book.

    I have been struggling with this 240 page book for close to two weeks. It seems every time I try to sit down and read I find an excuse to do something else.

    I think my problem started before the book began when you were given this long list of characters of who was involved in what. I found that very confusing. While I tried to plug through the book all these names kept swimming in my head. And with only 75 pages to go, they are adding more characters, I think. I don't know. The shame is this book has all the elements of something I would love. But it never came together and I started asking myself why I was struggling with this book when I could be reading something else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    INteresting

    this book has it all. It is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    Good

    Story line good. Keeps you interested throughout the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Love a good series

    Great book 1- can't wait to get the rest in the series. Charecters are well developed, plot thickens as you go along. Enjoyable read.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

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    Not bad

    Not a bad read for what it cost me....free. Story line was good. Could possibly lead into another story.

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  • Posted April 24, 2014

    I really enjoyed this book & will purchase the series.

    I really enjoyed this book & will purchase the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    Good story

    Very enjoyable. Easy to read and hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Anonymous march 2014

    Good book but where is the ending? I really liked it but when it doesnt give the ending i can not recommend it.

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