THE HEADMISTRESS OF ROSEMERE
This book has it all: shining prose, heart-wrenching emotion, vivid and engaging characters, a well-paced plot and a sigh-worthy happy ending that might cause some readers to reach for the tissue box. In only her second novel, Ladd has established herself as Regency writing royalty.
After her father’s death, her brother’s abandonment and her mother’s decline into melancholy, Patience Creighton labors in solitary sorrow to keep her family’s boarding school afloat. Her ceaseless efforts and quiet, burgeoning faith earn the admiration of her landlord, William Sterling, who’s fled London and returned to his ancestral home morally and financially bankrupt. In Patience, William sees an unpretentious woman fulfilled by a worthy vocation; in William, Patience sees a wounded man who’s nevertheless strong and loyal enough to help shoulder her heavy burdens. But when William’s ruthless creditors demand the very land on which Patience’s school is built, will William choose to save himself or risk everything to protect her dream? (THOMAS NELSON, Jan., 320 pp., $15.99)