The Headmistress of Rosemere

Title:  The Headmistress of Rosemere (Whispers on the Moors #2)
Author:  Sarah E. Ladd
Pages:  307
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
This is a lovely romance set in Darbury, England, in the year 1816.  The two main characters are Patience Creighton, the headmistress at Rosemere, and William Sterling, landlord and owner of Rosemere and nearby Eastmore Hall.  Readers first met William Sterling in the first book of this series, The Heiress of Winterwood.
Patience Creighton is 25 years old and considered by most to be a spinster.  She has been running the girls’ school at Rosemere for the past six months after the death of her father and her brother’s abandonment for life in London.  She is pressured with the demands of running a school with 29 students who attend and live at the school as well as her mother’s melancholy.  Patience has put her heart and a great deal of effort into teaching her students and cares for them as more than a teacher.  She guides their morals as well.  One morning very early she is told of a man discovered unconscious in the Rosemere stable.  It turns out to be the absentee landlord, Mr. Sterling, who has recently returned home from London.  He has been beaten, but refuses her care.  Soon thereafter a fire to the stable puts the two in contact again.  Patience finds William attractive, but she has heard rumors about his past.  Are they true?  Why has he really returned home?  Is he here to stay?
William Sterling has lived the past eight years in an alcohol-induced fog.  He has made many poor decisions.  He now is in debt and must find a way to pay it off or he will lose his ancestral home.  He has no money for a staff or improvements to his home.  He places his future in a new career of horse breeding, but that will take time.  He has met the intriguing headmistress at Rosemere and finds he can’t stop thinking about her and makes any excuse he can to go to Rosemere to see her.  Could she possibly be interested in someone like him, with his past?
This book starts off slowly, but keep reading as the romance will take hold of the heart and keep readers entertained.  There was not a lot of talk about God, but both main characters had a parent they remembered teaching them spiritual truths as children that they now remember and lean on.  There is a hint of Jane Austen type flavor and maybe even a touch of gothic with the big, drafty, old manor house and the desolate moors.  A third book in the series titled, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall, is due to be released in the fall of 2014. I recommend this book and am looking forward to the next one in the series.
My rating is 4 stars.

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