Adventure between the Pages:The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd

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Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for romance, mild violence, and some situations
Best for Ages: 15 and up

Description: Patience Creighton will finally find the peace she lost years ago--if she can open her heart and forgive the man who loves her. Bright, sensible Patience knows what is expected of her. At twenty-five, her opportunity for a family of her own has passed, so she finds contentment teaching at her father's school for girls. When her father dies suddenly and her brother moves away to London, she is determined to keep her father's dream alive. 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 land but possesses little money to manage the upkeep. He is desperate to find a new source of income, including the sacrifice of land connected to Rosemere. When her brother returns with a new wife to take over management of the school, Patience is heartbroken to no longer be responsible for her beloved school and is forced to reassess God's purpose for her life. After her sister-in-law's matchmaking brings Patience and William together, they both learn new truths about their character and find a common goal in restoring Eastmore's legacy.

After having had the privilege of Sarah Ladd’s début The Heiress of Winterwood: I was even more excited to see what the second book in the series would be about. I have to say that I thought The Headmistress of Rosemere was even better than Sarah Ladd’s first book.

This story was far deeper than I first thought it was going to be. I really thought I had it all figured out toward the beginning and even as I edged toward the middle. However, as soon as her brother returns the story began to take twists I never saw coming. It was a wonderful story that kept me turning pages.

My only complaint for the entire book was a revelation about William’s character. I don’t want to give away any part of the book. However, I felt like one huge revelation of William’s past was too late in the book. William had a troubled, even sinful past that he is working hard to get away from. You are starting to see the change in him when you find out another secret about him. This is my own and only complaint about the entire story.

Patience was amazing. I have read few books where I felt a character was so well developed. It reminded me very much of a Jane Austen book character. At the beginning I felt as if everyone was making her life hard, and then I began to understand that she didn’t see everything correctly. To me, that is something only a master character creator can do.

The setting like the last book was delightful. It was the feeling of your favorite Jane Austin. The dresses, the customs, and the houses are all so fun. The historical daily life details are woven into the story flawlessly.

The faith element in this book was so nice. It wasn’t overpowering, but it was strong. It was woven into the tale very well and didn’t seem forced at all. It was stronger and better than Ladd’s last book.

I highly recommend this book to those who like Jane Austen, well developed characters, and well told tales.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

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