Blog Tour: The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd

The Headmistress of Rosemere (Whispers on the Moors #2)The Headmistress of Rosemere
by Sarah E. Ladd
Christian Historical Romance

December 31st 2013 by 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.


My Review

Patience and William do not meet under the best circumstances. They have not seen each other in years and barely recall when they had as small children. However, there is an immediate attraction that they both feel and try to resist. They are of different classes and in different situations, although both are dealing with their own troubles.

I liked how their relationship develops over time. It isn't rushed and there is not instantaneous love. There are also plenty of challenges and doubt. On both sides. Their relationship is sweet and fragile, but also strong.

I also really liked both of their characters. Patience, whose name labels her quite well, is acting as the headmistress of her family's school for girls. She has basically been abandoned. William is like a burst of warmth, happiness, and possibilities that she dares not hope for. William is trying to amend for past wrongs. He has a long road ahead of him. He is definitely the dashing hero of this story. I love how caring and observant he is of Patience.

The ending did tie up a little too nicely for me. There could have been more difficulties with one little girl, but otherwise it was one of my favorite parts of the story. I am just a succor for happy endings, I suppose. ;) I also appreciated that there were references to the characters' faith and their religious beliefs, but that they weren't pushy. They just felt like the characters' actual thoughts and struggles as they tried to come to terms with their lives and what choices to make.

The setting, the characters, the feeling of oncoming danger, and of course the sweet romance made this a great story. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I'm now planning on reading the first book in this series, The Heiress of Winterwood. I would definitely recommend The Headmistress of Rosemere if you enjoy Historical Christian Romance.

Content: Clean

Source: I want to thank LitFuse Publicity Group and the publisher, Thomas Nelson, for my free review copy, which did not affect my opinion in any way.

About the Author

Sarah LaddSarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in The Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series,The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance.

Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing.

Ladd lives in Indiana with her husband, daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

To keep up with Sarah Ladd, visit, become a fan on Facebook (Sarah Ladd Author), or follow her on Twitter (@SarahLaddAuthor).

Giveaway and Facebook Party

Don't miss Sarah Ladd's latest Regency novel, The Headmistress of Rosemere. She is celebrating the release of book two in her Whispers on the Moors series with a fun "School" Your Desk Kindle Fire Giveaway and an Author Chat Facebook Party!

Between January 17–28, visit Sarah Ladd's Facebook Page to enter to win a new giveaway each day and be entered to win a Kindle Fire grand prize. Winners will be announced at the Facebook Author Chat party on January 28th! (Don't have a Facebook account? Enter here.)

RSVP today for Sarah's The Headmistress of Rosemere Author Chat Party on Facebook. During the party Sarah will be hosting a book chat, testing your Regency trivia skills, announcing the winner of the "School" Your Desk Giveaway, and giving away books, gift certificates, and more. Oh, and she'll also be giving partygoers an exclusive look at the next book in the Whispers on the Moors series!

So grab your copy of The Headmistress of Rosemere and hope to see you on the evening of January 28th! (If you haven’t read the book, don’t let that stop you from coming!)


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