The Headmistress Of Rosemere
Whispers On The Moors book 2
by Sarah E. Ladd
-About the book-
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.
This Book earned a 4 Bark rating.
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The first several chapters were slow going for me, likely because I wasn't feeling well, but part way into the story it just seemed to take off and grabbed my interest.
One of the interesting things about The Headmistress Of Rosemere is that is almost a hybrid book, there are strong elements of the novels of the era in which the story is set, 1816, and yet it is very obvious that this is a modern novel. Really, this book has taken the better parts of two worlds and combined them in to one good story.
Sarah E. Ladd is excellent with getting her readers totally involved in the characters and their emotions. One scene in the story has a brother slighting his sister, I was so mad I wanted to give him what-for over his words and actions! I felt Patience's pain at not being able to break through her mother's depression. I felt William's regret and desire make things right. I really like a story that gets me so engrossed in the characters that my emotions are totally engaged and when real life intrudes on my reading it feels like a shock.
The characters are ones that I was able to root for, the good ones that is, I really hoped for a happy ending for all involved. I will have to say that the book surprised me a few times. characters didn't always behave like I expected at all and I found that to be a very welcome change. A person can only read so many stories where the characters are stereotypical, wicked step-mother and the like, before you get bored. In The Headmistress Of Rosemere they were not always that way so it made the story seem fresh and new.
Despite a bit of a slow start this book is very good and for Regency Era fans is well worth the time spent reading. I haven't read the first book in the series yet, but after reading this one I will be looking for it, and anticipating the next installment in the series.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives The Headmistress Of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd a 4 Bark rating.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 31, 2013)
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