Tuesday, January 28, 2014
In her mid-twenties, Patience Creighton has lost out on her chance to find a husband…or so she thought. The headmistress of Rosemere has kept busy filling her deceased father’s shoes and tending to the hearts of young girls.
The heir of a large family fortune, William Sterling is haunted by his past mistakes and his current debt. As he explores options to pay his obligation and regain the respect of his peers, his rental property—Rosemere—and the land surrounding it seems to be his one way out of debt. The only thing blocking his way to financial freedom is his attachment to Rosemere—and its headmistress.
While I enjoyed Sarah Ladd’s first book, The Heiress of Winterwood, I can honestly say I enjoyed The Headmistress of Rosemere even more. Both the setting and the characters came alive beneath Sarah’s pen. Patience is a heroine to admire. Her struggle with her mother’s grief and her brother’s absence bursts forth tangibly. I also appreciated her level head when it came to William. She didn’t get caught up in a whirlwind of mush and flighty thinking (something heroines in romances often tend to do) but showed her strength of character by always thinking first of her charges, and then of herself.
What I enjoyed most was the surprise toward the end of the book and the obvious growth in William’s character because of it. A thoroughly pleasant read.
I’m looking forward to reading more from Sarah Ladd!
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest opinion.