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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 livelihood—and her heart —in 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 dawn—but 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.
Sarah Ladd’s Whispers on the Moors series continues with The Headmistress of Rosemere, featuring William Sterling, the irresponsible brother of Graham from The Heiress of Winterwood. The bachelor about town is at long last realizing the error of his ways, due in large part to a beating he receives at the hands of his creditor’s thugs. Thankfully for readers the attack is brief and not very detailed. He manages to make his way to Rosemere where he meets his tenant, Patience, for the first time. She recognizes his name, but not his face since she’s used to dealing with his steward over land matters. He’s impressed by her capabilities and kind nature. When her abilities are questioned, he finds himself defending her. In turn, she learns his reputation of recklessness hides who he truly is.
The Headmistress of Rosemere is a great follow-up to what was a fantastic debut. The majority of characters are easy to like, including one young woman introduced halfway through. It might have been easy to write this newcomer as vain and flighty with no redeeming qualities. This is not a woman Patience should like. Instead, Patience quickly becomes fond of her and it is no hardship for the reader to do the same. This is a strong novel with a plot interesting enough to keep the pages turning. Another positive about this book is that while some aspects are predictable, others are not. Sarah Ladd’s two books are among the best I’ve read that are set during the Regency era. A third title, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall, is currently scheduled for release this coming fall. I expect it to be just as good as books one and two.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Litfuse for my free copy of The Headmistress of Rosemere, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 31 December 2013
Page Count: 320
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