Friday, January 24, 2014

Book Report: The Headmistress of Rosemere, by Sarah E. Ladd

Winner of Amanda Cabot, "With Autumn's Return" - HEIDI
Winner of Cara Putman, "Shadowed by Grace" - BONNIE ROOF
Ok all you Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and regency romance fans! Listen up! If you haven't read Sarah E. Ladd yet, then you've just locked yourself away in the upstairs attic to moan for the rest of your life over missed opportunity. 
Seriously. THAT good. The Headmistress of Rosemere is set in Regency England, just after the turn of the 18th Century. This is the time when Lords and Barons, Ladies and Maids thrived in the height of their glory. In the midst of their vast estates were manors and villages, rife with intrigue, scandals, daily life, and schools for boys or schools for girls.
Patience Creighton runs one such school. Under the shadow of the rarely home, gambling freelancer William Sterling who is master over the property on which Rosemere sits. Let the back cover speak for itself:
Darbury, England – 1816
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.
What I love, love about this book are the characters. Enriched with propriety and sacredness of the time, they each still bear their own struggles and ache with their own passions. A veiled Spiritual thread runs through the book like a ribbon marking your favorite place and in the end, leads you to redemption and a happily ever after due a dutiful headmistress. 
Ladd does a fantastic job capturing the maleness of her hero. I applaud that. Many writers tend to write their hero from a feminine perspective and often times they come across as emotional, sappy heroes. Instead, Ladd infuses William Sterling with a mind that thinks like a man, verbiage that is believably male, and struggles that he addresses with the logic and straightforwardness of a man. 
Likewise, her heroines are definitively female. As fitting the times. With a heightened sense of propriety, their spunk is confined like a corset confined their breathing. Yet occasionally, the stays are released the hero sees through to the spirit of the woman beneath and her heart to love with fervor, faithfulness, and purity. 
Love it. Plain and simple.
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! 
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!) 


Jaime Wright - 

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  1. This sounds like a fabulous story!!

  2. LOVED your review of The Headmistress of Rosemere, Jaime! Sounds like another beautiful romance fraught with life perils of two wonderful characters - which I will HAVE to put on my TBR list! Thank you!

    AND - thank you SO much for the "Shadowed by Grace" win ! I really appreciate it! There are SO many Christian fiction books that I would love, and this is one that I am really interested in reading. I hadn't heard of the Monuments Men, and am anxious to learn more about them!


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