Title: The Headmistress of Rosemere, Whispers on the Moors (Book 2)
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
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.
The Headmistress of Rosemere is a wonderful read for anyone who enjoys historical romance. Set in Regency England, the story presents two vastly different characters whose lives are falling apart to some degree. Patience Creighton is the acting headmistress at a girls’ school called Rosemere. Since her father’s death and her brother’s departure, she has been in charge of the school. She has also struggled to bring her mother out of the melancholy she descended into after her husband’s death. The pressure of running the school, caring for twenty-nine students, and her inability to help her mother weighs heavily on Patience. She wants to seek God’s help, but she finds it next to impossible to pray when she feels as though He is no longer listening.
William Sterling, a titled gentleman who leases Rosemere to the Creighton family, has his own problems. Thanks to impulsive decisions and a bad habit of gambling, he’s broke. He’s also in debt to a man who has no problem sending his henchmen to rough William up as a reminder to pay his debts. After years of struggling, William wants to rebuild his estate and his reputation. It’s not as easy as it sounds, especially since he can’t seem to find the path he should follow in life.
Through a series of unfortunate events, Patience and William speak several times. Despite attempts by both parties to quell the attraction between them, it continues to grow. They can’t give in to it, however. For one thing, it wouldn’t be proper. For another, they are each dealing with so much on their own that they don’t have the time or strength for romance. Yet that doesn’t stop the budding relationship from taking hold. Circumstances, however, have the potential to destroy their relationship before it fully takes form.
The element of faith is woven into this Christian romance so seamlessly that it is a natural part of the story. Both Patience and William have realistic struggles that any reader can relate to. The historical details are beautifully described. The role of women in Regency England is shown through Patience’s struggles to stay in her place and remember that no matter how capable she may be, it is still a man’s world. Overall, this is one of the most intriguing historical romances I’ve read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Regency-era romances.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My review is based solely on the contents of the book and my experience reading it.