|The Headmistress of Rosemere|
by Sarah Ladd
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Patience Creighton has dedicated herself to the Rosemere School for Young Ladies. But the return of the enigmatic master of the estate puts everything she loves at risk.
Bright, sensible Patience knows what is expected of her. At twenty-five, her opportunity for a family of her own has passed, so she invests herself in teaching at her father’s school for girls. When her father dies suddenly and her brother moves away to London, she is determined to make the school successful.
Confirmed bachelor William Sterling also knows what is expected of him, but mistake after mistake has left him teetering on ruin’s edge. As master of Eastmore Hall he owns a great deal of property -- including the land where Rosemere School is located -- but possesses little money to manage its upkeep. When debtors start calling, he is desperate to find a new source of income, even if it means sacrificing Rosemere.
When a fire threatens the school grounds, William must decide to what lengths he is willing to go to protect his birthright. And when Patience’s brother returns with a new wife to take over management of the school, Patience suddenly finds herself unsure of her calling. After a surprising truth about William’s past is brought to light, both William and Patience will have to seek God’s plans for their lives—and their hearts.
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Where has this author been all my life? The Headmistress of Rosemere, despite the chilly setting of the English moors, was just the book I needed to beat the winter blues! Almost everything I love about Regency fiction and the classic novel has been brought to life in this, the second book in the Whispers on the Moors series from author Sarah Ladd. A dangerous hero and of course, the beautiful but embattled estate, makes for an irresistible combination that hooked me from the first page.
William Sterling and Patience Creighton are typical romance characters, but I love them! Rogish gentleman and mild-mannered ladies are my absolute favorites to read. William is the typical 'bad boy' -- he gambles, he drinks, and of course he rides a fast horse. He's a regular James Dean, but in a cravat. Patience Creighton, the headmistress at the girl's school on his estate, is loyal, sweet, and dedicated to keeping her late father's dream of a school alive. When they meet again unexpectedly the sparks, as they say, fly! I was a littttle disappointed in the lack of danger and mystery that a lot of my favorite Gothic novels have, but I was far from being bored. The secondary characters didn't really add much to the tale, but William and Patience are such strong leads that I didn't mind as much as I usually do. I just wished that Cassandra didn't have to get her heart broken. *Le sigh.* WIll she get her own story? Fingers crossed!
The Headmistress of Rosemere is a fantastic story. Jane Eyre fans will definitely want to check this out. It will be interesting to see what comes in the next story for the ladies of Darbury, England. I for one can't wait for A Lady at Willowgrove Hall!
~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~
*I receive complimentary books for review from the publisher. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*
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Meet the Author:
Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. "The Heiress of Winterwood" was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.
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