Sarah's writing is poetic and flows effortlessly. Her characters are intriguing with struggles we all could encounter. I have to admit, one of my favorite persons in this book was that of the secondary character Cassandra. Sarah weaves so many truths into Cassandra's words, and they don't feel forced at all.
The pacing of the story progresses in such a manner that had me turning pages, not feeling rushed and yet eagerly anticipating what would happen next. I enjoyed watching Patience and William grow in their relationship and as individuals too. And, of course, I was rewarded with a very happy ending.
Ladd had me captivated from the very first sentence. I love the way her words transport me to another time and place. She has created an ambiance that makes it so easy to slip out of my crazy world and into a more genteel time. Not without it's share of problems, mind you, but an escape just the same. I didn't want to shake myself free from this story.
There's nothing like a reforming hero who is struggling to mend his ways. Especially when he's smitten by an upstanding lady who possesses heart and compassion and courage in spades. The dynamics between the two -- the way their acquaintance turns into friendship and finally love -- makes for a sublime read.
If you are looking for an escape read that's better than a vacation then The Headmistress of Rosemere is the book for you!
Author Sarah Ladd has penned an intriguing Regency era novelÃ¢â¬âreminiscent of the legendary Jane AustenÃ¢â¬âset amongst the glistening, snow-covered, windswept moors of England; with their mysterious beauty, dark secrets, and much anguish of the heart.
At the ripe old age of twenty-five, Patience Creighton has resigned herself to the fact that she will forever remain a spinster. After the death of her beloved father and desertion of her brother, the headmistress of Rosemere is left with the responsibility of twenty-nine female pupils and her severely depressed mother. Life is fairly monotonous until the handsome owner of Rosemere arrives, wounded and desperately in need of Patience's care.
William Sterling had been viciously attacked on the moors by the henchmen of a man he is greatly indebted to. Years of gambling and irresponsibility have finally taken its toll on him_will he have to sacrifice Rosemere to pay off his debts? As his attraction to Patience begins to turn into something deeper, her brother shows up at Rosemere with an old flame whose proposal she had once rejected. Can Ewan give her the security of a home, children, and the life she had once dreamed of but had cast aside? And as dark secrets come to light concerning William, will she turn her heart away from him_forever?
The Headmistress of Rosemere can be read as a stand alone, but now I am so anxious to read the first novel in the Whispers On The Moors series! Sarah Ladd is a masterful storyteller; her descriptive imagery lending an air of mystery and intrigue to the moors. My mind went instantly to Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, and William Sterling fits in quite nicely with the brooding heroes in those two savory classics. With likeable, well-defined characters, and a realistic, intriguing storyline that will keep the reader flipping those pages, you're sure to enjoy this great story even if you're not a big Regency era fan. Ms. Ladd definitely has a new fan in me!
Sarah E. Ladd in her new book "The Headmistress of Rosemere" Book Two in the Whispers On The Moors Series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Patience Creighton.
Darbury, England, 1816
From the back cover: Patience Creighton has devoted her life to running her father's boarding school. But when the enigmatic master of the estate appears at her door, battered and unconscious, the young headmistress suddenly finds her livelihoodÃ¢â¬âand her heart Ã¢â¬âin the hands of one dangerously handsome gentleman.
At twenty-five, Patience Creighton is already a spinster. The busy headmistress of Rosemere always expected a dashing man to sweep her off her feet and take her away . . . but that man never came. And since her father's death, keeping the school running and her mother happy has been plenty to keep her occupied.
William Sterling dallied his way into financial trouble and mortal danger. When he is assaulted by his creditors' henchmen on the road home from a tavern, he guides his horse to the doorstep of his tenant, the Rosemere School for Young Ladies. After being tended to by Patience, the wounded William rides off into the dawnÃ¢â¬âbut makes a point to learn more about the lovely headmistress.
As he spends more time at Rosemere, something delicate begins to develop between William and Patience. But that will not deter William's creditors. With little money to repay his debts, and less for the upkeep of his estate, it becomes clear that sacrificing Rosemere may be the only way to preserve his legacy. But it may also cost him his happiness.
William is a character. He has led a life on a downhill path and now, it seems, all his debts are catching up to him. He has a past and he has his secrets and they almost get him killed. But Patience gets to take care of him as she takes care of Rosemere Hall for the children. Now the dreams of both of them are put to the test as they have to learn to trust each other to forge ahead. And on top of everything this is a romance. I think Ms. Ladd has done a great job with this story. Yes, there are moments when it seems a bit slow however we do need time to sit back and breathe a little before the story takes back off again. Great characters, great plot with plenty of twists and turns equals a great read.
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This is a lovely romance set in Darbury, England, in the year 1816. The two main characters are Patience Creighton, the headmistress at Rosemere, and William Sterling, landlord and owner of Rosemere and nearby Eastmore Hall. Readers first met William Sterling in the first book of this series, The Heiress of Winterwood.
Patience Creighton is 25 years old and considered by most to be a spinster. She has been running the girls' school at Rosemere for the past six months after the death of her father and her brother's abandonment for life in London. She is pressured with the demands of running a school with 29 students who attend and live at the school as well as her mother's melancholy. Patience has put her heart and a great deal of effort into teaching her students and cares for them as more than a teacher. She guides their morals as well. One morning very early she is told of a man discovered unconscious in the Rosemere stable. It turns out to be the absentee landlord, Mr. Sterling, who has recently returned home from London. He has been beaten, but refuses her care. Soon thereafter a fire to the stable puts the two in contact again. Patience finds William attractive, but she has heard rumors about his past. Are they true? Why has he really returned home? Is he here to stay?
William Sterling has lived the past eight years in an alcohol-induced fog. He has made many poor decisions. He now is in debt and must find a way to pay it off or he will lose his ancestral home. He has no money for a staff or improvements to his home. He places his future in a new career of horse breeding, but that will take time. He has met the intriguing headmistress at Rosemere and finds he can't stop thinking about her and makes any excuse he can to go to Rosemere to see her. Could she possibly be interested in someone like him, with his past?
This book starts off slowly, but keep reading as the romance will take hold of the heart and keep readers entertained. There was not a lot of talk about God, but both main characters had a parent they remembered teaching them spiritual truths as children that they now remember and lean on. There is a hint of Jane Austen type flavor and maybe even a touch of gothic with the big, drafty, old manor house and the desolate moors. A third book in the series titled, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall, is due to be released in the fall of 2014. I recommend this book and am looking forward to the next one in the series.