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Saturday, 1 March 2014


Posting this review for the first day of
Women's History Month -
both for the female author, Sarah E Ladd, who has
masterfully crafted this  novel,
[Not because she's that old!]
and for the creation of a story with a woman ahead of her times as headmistress of an
all girls' school in Regency England.

I appreciate the historical detail and accuracy
resulting from Ms Ladd's research of the era.
Welcome to this fascinating world of . . .
{Whispers on the Moors series book 2}

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 handsome 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 his 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 tended to 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.
Published: Dec 31.2013
Length:  318 pages kindle , 312 pages pb and available as audio
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My Thoughts?
Masterful storytelling from this freshly pressed author, Sarah  E. Ladd.  Book 2 in her Whispers on the Moors series, readers are treated to unusual twists and plot surprises from the book's opening to closing.

Characters of depth and personality that drew me in to know them better - their why's and what ifs of life - past, present, and eventually - future.  

Patience's familial contemplations and interactions provide readers understanding and, yes, patience in her qualms and misgivings in dealing with affairs of the household, girls' school, her mother's depression, her brother's abdication.  A lot on the shoulders of a young woman alone.

Seeing William Sterling's present, hearing of his past, the progress is a welcome and satisfying transformation.  Definitely a hero to any Regency reader!  

Well disguised turns in plotting sustain suspense with emotional impact to keep me up past my bedtime!

Thank you, Sarah, for another exceptional novel of more than historical romance!

{Look for Lady of Willowgrave Hall book #3 in October 2014 ... }
More about this amazing 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.

Find Sarah online at SarahLadd
on twitter SarahLaddAuthor

Sarah says, "I would love to connect with you on Facebook and talk about all things Regency! Be sure to like my page for updates: Sarah on Facebook
*Appreciation to litfuse and thomas nelson for an ecopy to read and review without compensation or obligation.

Shared with Tanya's SmallVictoriesSunday


LV said...

I have never been a history buff, but this book sounds very interesting. I enjoy reading.

Tara Graham said...

Thanks for the review! I used to be an avid reader. now I sort of read in spurts! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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