Saturday, May 28, 2016
Book Review: "The Headmistress of Rosemere," by Sarah E. Ladd
About the book:
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.
I met William briefly in The Heiress of Winterwood, and he was not a desirable character. He drank too much and had gambled away most of his family's fortune, so I was a little worried that my opinion of William would not be raised in The Headmistress of Rosemere. Fortunately, I had nothing to worry about. William certainly redeemed himself in my eyes and convinced me that who we are in our youth is not necessarily our fate for the rest of our lives. William grows up in this book and comes to realize that his past misdeeds were not the best use of his time. It wasn't so much that Patience changed him but that he came to the realization on his own that he could do better for himself and wanted more than a future filled with danger and debt. I won't reveal how all of this transpires, and there are plenty of surprises along the way, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching both William and Patience find out that there is always hope for the future even when we've made mistakes along the way.
P.S. Even though William was introduced in The Heiress of Winterwood, the books can easily be read as stand-alones in no particular order.
Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.
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