Sunday, January 26, 2014

Book Review - The Headmistress of Rosemere


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.

Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. The Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

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This is another wonderful book by Sarah Ladd. I enjoyed this book so much and could hardly put it down!

Patience has been thrown into headmistress of Rosemere when her father dies and her brother leaves shortly there after to London on business. She finds that she truly enjoys this role, although, she feels overwhelmed at times, especially when her mother doesn't appreciate all she does but pines for her brother instead.

William is the master of Eastmore Hall and he also owns the land that Rosemere sits on. His life has gotten out of control with gambling and there are men after him that he owes money to. After these men attacking him, he stumbles into Rosemere's stables and that's where the relationship between Patience and William begins.

When Patience's brother shows up finally, he has a surprise for everyone and it's not a good surprise for all. It was hard to like her brother at first, but then as the author explained his reasoning, you understood him better. He shakes things up with his decisions and creates some drama for all at Rosemere!

There is action, mystery and faith woven throughout this lovely story. I especially liked how the author showed how everyone deals differently with loss and grief. I also liked how Patience and William were not where they should be in their walk with the Lord, but as things get out of hand, they realize that He is the one that can be trusted to work things out. It's not pushy or contrived, but real.

You can't go wrong with this book. It will keep you turning the pages from the beginning and it will stay with you after the last page. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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