“The Headmistress of Rosemere” by Sarah E. Ladd, book review
Patience has grown up living at the Rosemere school that her family has run for years. When her father dies, her whole life changes. Her older brother flees to London to “settle Father’s affairs,” but has not been heard from in over 6 months. Her mother has fallen into a deep depression and Patience fears for her sanity. So, at 25, Patience is the headmistress of the school. With the help of her teachers and staff, she keeps everything running smoothly.
William Sterling owns Rosemere and all the land surrounding it, but he and his father before him have been good land lords. But Sterling has fallen on hard times, due mostly to his own hand, gambling. But he is home and striving to keep the land and make a better man of himself.
One night, the stable at Rosemere catches fire, and Sterling rushes to help. He pulls a young student from the flames, saving her life. And his relationship with Rosemere and her pretty headmistress strengthens. The following weeks and months are filled with drama and decisions for both Patience and William.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are easy to follow and get to know. As they struggle with decisions, they both turn to God for guidance. It is a very readable book. Just perfect for these cold winter days after Christmas.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.