Review: The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah Ladd

Patience Creighton has devoted her life to running her father’s boarding school. But when the enigmatic master of the estate appears at her door, battered and unconscious, the young headmistress suddenly finds her livelihood—and her heart —in the hands of one dangerously handsome gentleman.

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.

The second in the Whispers of the Moors series is nearly as wonderful as the first. I did enjoy Heiress a bit more than this one, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like it.

I love Patience. I loved William. I loved little Emma and the other children.

One of the children in particular seemed to be more like 5 or maybe 6, but in reality was closer to 8. That bugged me some.

But the rest of it, the intrigue, the bad guys, the good guys. The romance…

I would have preferred a bit more romance. I also would have preferred to see some of Amelia and Graham, William’s brother and sister-in-law from Heiress of Winterwood.

William’s transformation from regularly-drunk, gambling, ladies’ man to a solid, upstanding citizen is truly the story of grace.

I look forward to more from Sarah! Though it’ll be too long for my taste after reading these two back-to-back ;).

Overall rating: 8.25 out of 10 stars

Thanks to BookSneeze and the publisher for a copy in exchange for my honest review.