Patience Creighton is the defactor headmistress of her late father's school for girls. She not only guides her staff and students, but deals with an absent brother, a grieving mother, and a heart of spent dreams. William Sterling is a son of privilege who has squandered his opportunities and must face the music when his history and gambling debts catch up with him. These two neighbors find their lives suddenly cast together and then turned upside down as they deal with mutual dangers and secrets - will their new friendship stand the strain? I could easily identify with the frustration Patience felt in trying to comfort a mother who did not want to be comforted; with William's regret as he wished he'd followed his mother's faith years earlier. "Oh, the irony! People she loved, but who threatened her hopes for her future. People she would lay her life down for, but with who she could not find peace. Everything was changing."
Your heart will race as you encounter the physical and emotional threats these winsome characters face. And you will be blessed by the wonderful Biblical truths of forgiveness and redemption woven throughout. "If I choose to be angry, if I choose to not forgive, then I am in disobedience. God allowed this to happen. I do not comprehend why, but He will not leave me here...This is part of His plan for my life. If I stay...angry, I might miss the plan that He has for me." The twists and turns in this plot will keep you turning pages long after bedtime, so pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy.
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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