Ladd, Sarah E.
Her name belies her heart. Left alone with a grieving mother and a houseful of girls, Patience Creighton feels her strength and perseverance slowly ebbing away as she watches her mother shrink into a shadow of her former self and tries to keep the school her father founded running smoothly without help from her absentee brother, Rawdon. When a visitor arrives, bloody and beaten, on her doorstep late one evening, Patience’s fragile world begins to crumble. The man is the rakish William Sterling, owner of the property on which the school sits and the subject of several scandalous rumors that Patience has heard whispers of. Despite her vague wariness about him, Patience finds herself strangely intrigued and is disappointed when he disappears back into the night. Their paths are destined to cross again, however, for William has enemies that will stop at nothing – even placing young girls in danger – to take their revenge. Rosemere is all that stands between him and ultimate destitution – or possibly death. But when he finds himself likewise drawn to the young headmistress, will he sacrifice her happiness for his own salvation?
A beautifully written novel and the second in her well-crafted series, The Headmistress of Rosemere was a delight to read. With depth of character and plot, a bit of mystery and romance and an excellent moral theme, the book is sure to cement author Sarah Ladd’s reputation as a writer of stellar historic fiction. She adds just the right amount of darkness and intrigue to keep the reader anticipating the next page and spices it up with a lovely romance that blossoms slowly and comes to beautiful fruition in the end. Five stars.
I received a copy of the book from the author in return for the above unbiased review.