Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd

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.

Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah Ladd was a sweet and intriguing novel that kept me captivated the entire time. This book is the second novel in the Whispers of the Moor series, but I was still able to connect with the story and the characters even though I have not read the first installment. The plot line was interesting and had its share of mystery, romance, suspense, and tragedy. The storyline was well developed and contained beautiful descriptions and language. The narration of the novel was third person but was still told from the perspective of Patience and sometimes William so the reader had an idea of what they were thinking.

The characters in Headmistress of Rosemere were well developed and realistic. I enjoyed seeing the character growth that occurred in both Patience and William as they faced impossible situations and as they had to learn to trust God's plans even the outcome was not clear. Both Patience and William did have their own flaws, but they also strengths, such as perseverance and love, that helped them grow stronger as people and together.

Overall I enjoyed Headmistress of Rosemere immensely, and I would highly recommend it to any reader looking for a romantic historical novel that is captivating from beginning to end.

I received this novel from Thomas Nelson and in exchange for an honest review.

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