The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd
Synopsis from the Back of 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 really enjoyed getting to know Patience and William as well as watching their story unfold. The action happened right away and kept the storyline hopping throughout.
I liked Patience right from the start. She is strong and kind-hearted. She has had to step up and take control of things after her father passes away. While she does get frustrated with those around her who are oblivious to what she is going through or what strength of character it has taken for her to thrive during this time, she is also careful to mask those frustrations in order keep things running smoothly. This selflessness on her part really appealed to me. Consequently, this is what made William so appealing to me as well. He sees all of those traits in Patience that everyone else is blind to and it is those same traits that he begins to fall in love with. He is definitely flawed, but with the love of God, Patience and a special little girl, he begins to find his way onto the right path.
What I enjoyed most about this book:
William’s struggle to become a better man and his ability to really “see” Patience for who she was when others did not.
What I didn’t like about this book:
There really wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about this story, unless you could count the unfair way that some of the secondary characters treated the hero and heroine. But you cannot count that since that is one of the things that made Patience and William’s story so moving.
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others?
Oh yes. The characters were really good and the storyline kept up a fun pace. This book is the second in the series, but it is definitely a standalone story.
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