Patience Creighton grew up at Rosemere as the daughter of its headmaster, but now her father is dead, her mother wallowing in her grief, her brother has struck out on his own. So Patience assumes to the job of headmistress, along with the responsibility it entails. As it turns out, even though her father left everything to Patience's brother, the Creighton's do not own Rosemere, but lease it from a man called William Sterling.
William, is a man with troubles of his own, up to his eyeballs in gambling debts.
Will William be able to step up and take responsibility for his actions?
I loved Patience and William together, they interacted naturally and their dialogue was meaningful. The setting of this novel was so realistic, with a twisting plot that brims with mystery and intrigue that had me glued to that pages.
One of my favorite side characters was Emma, a young girl at Patience's school with very little to her name, who was always glowingly lively, inquisitive child.
I came to really respect William, for his determination to take his responsibilities seriously and his desire to return to the faith his mother showed him when he was a child.
Overall this was a fantastic read, that was everything I could have wanted from a Regency novel, and much more, with a well-researched setting, and characters, great plotting, mystery, love, faith, great characters that connect with each other and with pacing that made it nearly impossible to put down! Highly recommend!
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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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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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