From the publisher: 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.
As I was reading this book I was trying to think about why many readers like to read Jane Austen, etc. styled books. And I thought that perhaps it is because love and life in these books is subtle. The love is drawn out where a small look or word means more than all the modern "love" often shown.
This being said Sarah E. Ladd does an excellent job of doing exactly what I feel readers of this time period love. She weaves in a love so sweet, innocent, and yet committed that the reader will find themselves wishing they lived back in that day. Yet, Sarah Ladd also weaves in tension and mystery for the reader that will keep them turning the pages to figure out the ending and see the resolution of money and love.
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