The Headmistress of Rosemere
Whispers on the Moors, Book 2
Sarah E. 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 hansom 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 her 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 tendedto 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 Headmistress of Rosemere was well written and enjoyable. However, the main plot reminded me a lot of The Heiress of Winterwood (the first book in the series), though I think I liked Rosemere better than Winterwood. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was only one kiss in the entirety of the book. It was a romance without a lot of mushiness, which can be hard to find. Though I enjoyed The Headmistress of Rosemere, it didn't particularly stand out among so many other historical Christian romance novels. It's one of the better historical Christian romance books, to be sure, but I wouldn't consider it a favorite of mine.
Objectionable Content: You learn that William has quite an immoral past, but luckily it doesn't go into more detail than necessary to the plot.
Rating 7 1/2
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.