Friday, January 24, 2014

The Headmistress Of Rosemere By Sarah E. Ladd Book Review

/ / The Headmistress Of Rosemere / /

/ / Whispers On The Moors, Book Two / /


{Review By Madi}
Book Title: The Headmistress Of Rosemere
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group
Number Of Pages: 312
ISBN: 978-1-4016-8836-3
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Year Of Publication: 2013
My Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars
/ / Book Description / /
Patience Creighton will finally find the peace she lost years ago--if she can open her heart and forgive the man who loves her.

Bright, sensible Patience knows what is expected of her. At twenty-five, her opportunity for a family of her own has passed, so she finds contentment teaching at her father's school for girls. When her father dies suddenly and her brother moves away to London, she is determined to keep her father's dream alive.

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 land but possesses little money to manage the upkeep. He is desperate to find a new source of income, including the sacrifice of land connected to Rosemere.

When her brother returns with a new wife to take over management of the school, Patience is heartbroken to no longer be responsible for her beloved school and is forced to reassess God's purpose for her life. After her sister-in-law's matchmaking brings Patience and William together, they both learn new truths about their character and find a common goal in restoring Eastmore's legacy.
/ / Book Review / /
 This book was wonderful! The Headmistress Of Rosemere is the second book in Whispers On The Moors series by Sarah E. Ladd (the first book being The Heiress Of Winterwood, see my review for book one here). I read the first book in this series a few months ago, and I simply fell in love with it. I was so excited when I was able to get book two. Sarah E. Ladd possesses a natural talent for storytelling, and she makes each and every page hold my attention. Granted, it took me a bit longer to finish this book than the first one, but I blame that on the busy holiday season, because it certainly had nothing to do with the quality of the book! Speaking of the book's quality, take a gander at that cover! Isn't it just the prettiest thing that you have ever seen? When this novel came in the mail I was astonished at how well the cover turned out, and I am a sucker for a pretty book. (I know what you're thinking, "Don't judge a book by it's cover!". While that may be a worthwhile sentiment, I do find it so much easier to read a book if it looks pretty). And it's not just the outside that's pretty! Everything about this book is simply marvelous! I would like to say I feel that way because I can relate to the characters and their lot in life, but I can't. Patience is practically a Saint, and she is always putting others before herself. So though I can't easily relate to this angelic lead role, I can respect her. She does her best to instill Christian ethics and morals into the girls that are put in her care, and she works even harder to teach them these things by being an example to them. The male lead role, William, however, is no Saint, and he has a tainted past. Of course, he's reformed and become almost as angelic as Miss Patience Creighton by the time our story picks up on his life. Even with such . . . morally sound people taking up the portion of the book, the author still somehow managed to incorporate action, suspense, danger and a little dab of mystery. I couldn't put it down! I would get so aggravated if someone bothered me while I was reading this diamond in the ruff, and I'm sure that my family thought I was having a few more issues than normal due to my dedication to finishing this novel ;) . I don't know if Sarah E. Ladd has written other books, or if these are the only two that she has released, but I intend to find out. I would be willing to try just about anything by this author! I would encourage anyone with a love of historical fiction to give this bad boy a go.
~Madi For The Literary Maidens
Note: I was provided a free copy of this book by the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion, and that is exactly what I have given. I was not further compensated for reviewing this product, and all thoughts expressed are completely my own and unbiased.

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