#2: Headmistress of Rosemere - unabridged audiobook on MP3-CD
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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 land but possesses little money to manage the upkeep. He is desperate to find a new source of income, including the sacrifice of land connected to Rosemere.
Unabridged MP3-CD; approximately 8 hours 19 minutes; 1 MP3-CD; performed by Henrietta Meire.
Vendor: Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 7.50 X 5.38 X 0.50 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Whispers On The Moors
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CarrieVirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Sure to Thrill Austen and Bronte fans!January 31, 2014CarrieVirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Story: This is like a cross between a Jane Austen and a Charlotte Bronte story and won't disappoint those fans! A great listen, lovely story, sweet and well developed cast of characters, lots of tension, and little Emma steals the story! This is only the second book Sarah has written and she's already grown so much as a writer. She delivers a wonderful HEA that will leave readers emotionally satisfied. Brava, Sarah!
Audio narration: If you are considering audiobook, which is what I "read" with: I purchased the CD audiobook version first. The narrator has a somewhat depressed sounding voice and speaks slowly. Too slowly. So you need to take that into account if you are ordering the CD and have no way to change the speed. You may want to consider a different method of reading the book. Much better narration than performed by the narrator for Sarah's first novel's. Still wish they could have gotten someone who didn't make the story sound like such a tragedy, because it wasn't. This was an inspirational fiction and a narrator with some hope in her voice would have been better. Regardless, this was a great listen because of the quality of the book.
barbjan10Arlington, TXAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5JANE AUSTEN...BEWARE!!! SARAH E LADD HAS A WINNERJanuary 15, 2014barbjan10Arlington, TXAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If I had been shopping in a bookstore, the beautiful enticing cover of The Headmistress of Rosemere would have caught my eye and my hand would have reached for it quickly with curiosity. Sarah E. Ladd caught my attention immediately with the vivid description of darkness and danger in the night. William Sterling sensed he was being followed. He was, and what happened from there lead the reader to the Rosemere School for Girls where we meet Patience Creighton before dawn, coming unexpectedly face to unconscious face with William Sterling to tend his wounds. There is a tinge of possible romance developing- at least from the imagination of Patience.
Having not read Sarah Ladd's writings previously, or realizing this book is the second in the series, "Whispers on the Moors," The Headmistress of Rosemere stands second to none in excellent story quality and clear Christian morality. I consider it a stand-alone story. However, it is my intention to read The Heiress of Winterwood, the first novel in this series. It is not my tendency to draw out details of the events and interactions of the characters in my reviews, at the risk of spoiling the read for others. My purpose is to draw the reader's interest as a possible read depending on their own taste and expectation.
However, I will introduce the major characters who Sarah Ladd has casted so appropriately in her story. Lovely in appearance and a credit to her name, raven haired Patience Creighton is the Headmistress of Rosemere since the passing of her beloved father, leaving her mother Margaret grief-stricken and inconsolable. Rawdon, older brother of Patience, disappeared, neglecting his inherited duties at Rosemere, abandoning his lady love, causing all the women vexation and disillusionment. Handsome William Sterling inherited Eastmore and his father's holdings, including Rosemere. An impractical and fast living man, whose drinking and gambling are causing him insurmountable problems. William is in dire financial straits, risking the loss of everything. Raising race horses appeals to William as an answer to solving his financial difficulties, but will it? Emma Simmons, one of the little girls at Rosemere is one of Patience's favorites. How does a child so small and innocent figure such prominence in Ms. Ladd's plot? Cassandra, a teacher at Rosemere, is the best friend of Patience and in love with Rawdon. Who are Lydia, Isabel, George, Lewis, Captain Rafertee, Ewan O'Connell and Angus? Each character and others essential to this setting are refined to perfection and mixed well with the era to bring about Ms. Ladd's fascinating and curious story. Enjoyment of the unexpected mysterious twists amidst this Regency romance appealed to my liking.
The accentuated weight of surmounting strife is effectively calmed through forgiveness, redemption, Christian love and salvation, proving God works all things together for good for those that love Him. Indeed, God's grace falls on the words originating from Sarah E. Ladd's pen covering this wonderful story. Thank you, Ms. Ladd for giving me several hours of "getting away from it all" and finding myself in the nineteenth century.
This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.