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Litfuse Review: “The Headmistress of Rosemere” by Sarah E. Ladd

Title: “The Headmistress of Rosemere”
Author:Sarah E. Ladd
Number of Pages:312
Source of copy: Litfuse review copy
My Rating: 4.5 stars

Book Description:

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.

My Review:

This is the second book in Sarah Ladd’s “Whispers on the Moors” series, but I think it could stand alone. It does relate to the first by characters and place, but you won’t be confused if you read this one without having read “Heiress of Winterwood”.

This book was very good. The story line was rich, and it all flowed pretty well. I really enjoyed the reading of it. I don’t read a lot of romances, and very few have me ‘happy and giddy and sighing’, but this one made one of the few. :)
I really liked the main character, Patience, and had an easy time relating to her. All the characters were pretty well constructed.
The plot was exciting, but not to the point where you’re frustrated – I don’t much care for those kind of books. :D I did have a hard time putting this one down though, as I did with the first in this series.
They’re just light Christian romances that are good. I appreciated the aspect of God being involved, though this second book didn’t deal with the relationship with God as much as the first.
I think this book is well-written and handled well with being in the Regency era.
The only thing I did not care for was the ending. It just did not jump out at me, and like the first, I didn’t care for the intimacy displayed. I think it was unrealistic and unnecessary.
I do warn that, with all romances, there is the need to be cautious, because it is oh-so easy to fall into day-dreaming and such about ones own ‘romantic dreams’.
I suppose that is my own opinion though. :)
Overall I did enjoy this book, and would probably read it again sometime! The rating I give it is 4.5 stars because of the ending not being as ‘innocent and correct’ as I should have liked.

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About the author: Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. The Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

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Note: I received “The Headmistress of Rosemere” free from Litfuse in return for my honest and unbiased review.


I am a peculiar treasure who is passionately in love with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I love writing, reading, knife/tomahawk-throwing, and letter-writing, among other things. :)

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