Saturday, January 25, 2014

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

The Headmistress of Rosemere

About the book:
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.

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My thoughts:
A twenty-five year old spinster whose dashing, handsome suitor never arrived, a rich, entitled land owner who lost the love of his life and his own self respect who turned to a life of gambling to hide from the hurt, a girls boarding school being run single-handedly by a woman after the death of her father and the abrupt departure of her brother, and a mother and wife who rarely leaves her room due to her grief intersect to learn more about life and love.

Imagine, a woman being thought a spinster because she was unmarried at the age of twenty-five.  Patience Creighton declined the offer of marriage she had as a teen, thinking that love should sweep her off her feet and touch her heart deeply, but has wondered for years if she made a mistake.  If love would have come with time had she allowed herself to consider the union.  She has resigned herself to her role as Headmistress to the school and dedicated her days to her young charges.

William Sterling was raised in a privileged family with a tutor and all sorts of lessons, but since the death of his father and the loss of the woman he planned to marry, when she left him without a word, he has taken up gambling and horse racing and is on the verge of losing all his land and property, perhaps even his life, to those he owes money to.

The Creighton family has leased the school building and land from the Sterling family for years, but it isn't until one night when William is attacked by men looking to remind him of his debt that William and Patience are reacquainted.  As they get to know each other a bit more, both of their eyes are opened to possibilities. 

I love stepping  back in time and taking a look at how people lived in the past.  The proper ways men and women addressed each other and dressed for things such as mourning the loss of someone in their family.  Dowry's and servants and such.  Stepping  back into 1816 in England was a nice time.  Sometimes we all need to step back and trust that there is a path in front of us, even if we can't see it right now, and we need to believe that the obstacles we encounter are sending us off in the right direction even when they just feel like roadblocks.

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Meet the Author

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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