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The Headmistress of Rosemere

(Whispers on the Moors #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  4,738 ratings  ·  577 reviews
Patience Creighton will finally find the peace she lost years ago--if she can open her heart and forgive the man who loves her.

Bright, sensible Patience knows what is expected of her. At twenty-five, her opportunity for a family of her own has passed, so she finds contentment teaching at her father's school for girls. When her father dies suddenly and her brother moves awa
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Thomas Nelson (first published December 1st 2013)
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Madeline They do not need to be read in order. There are only two brief mentions of the characters from the first novel. The second installment is an entirely …moreThey do not need to be read in order. There are only two brief mentions of the characters from the first novel. The second installment is an entirely separate tale, though it does, of course, focus on William Sterling, who was a minor character in the first novel. You will not be confused if you begin with the second installment.(less)

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The Headmistress of Rosemere is a lovely, atmospheric read. The chill of the moors reached out to me from the page. It all feels very wintry and icy, and it was fun to read this setting during the heat of the summer.

I admired that Patience is a woman hoping to achieve her purpose in a time when most would say that a woman's purpose it to marry and bear children. She took her role as caretaker and teacher of her young charges seriously and considered it her gift and purpose in life. I can imagine
Deanne Patterson
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Whispers On The Moors series, The Headmistress of Rosemere has totally blown my socks off and made me spill my tea ! I haven't had much reading time in the past few days but when I did I totally consumed this book. Only a book-lover would understand. What is not to understand about the excellence of this book though ? There is a carry over from the first book of things. William Sterling is almost a totally different person in this second book than he was in the first. Matu ...more
Basically, I expected to be wowed, and I was not wowed.

I should have known from having read The Heiress of Winterwood that Ms. Ladd's style was not exactly up to my standards, but I still had high hopes for this one. Admittedly, it was a big improvement on many aspects compared to Book 1, but all I'm about to say really comes back to: there was not enough Patience and William and: it was re-pe-ti-ti-ve!!!

I loved the premise of a good love story between the headmistress of the school and the owne
Rachelle Cobb
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing

I finished this book last night, pleasantly surprised that I had not been able to predict the ending after all. When I read the first page, I thought I knew how things would play out, but Sarah Ladd stumped almost from the beginning with the twists and secrets played out on the pages of
The Headmistress of Rosemere.

Patience I liked from the first line. Still mourning her father, desperately worried about her mother's health and broken spirit, Patience picks up the pieces left by her absent broth
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017, regency
This was a very enjoyable read. The characters where easy to love and the setting on the wintry moors made my toes ache just thinking about how cold it would have been. This was slower paced than the first book and read more like a comfort read for me. ( I drank a lot of coffee and tea with this book) Sarah Ladd also wrote wonderful themes about trusting the will of God in your life and letting go of anger before it consumes and ruins your life. I must admit, I even became misty eyed at the e
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars...

I really enjoyed the beginning, and the middle. But the end just didn't sit well with me. (view spoiler)
✨ Gramy ✨
To me, this second book of this series was more interesting than the first one. There was a progressive development of the characters and setting. Both William and Patience place their faith in God regarding their futures and receive a miracle that they never believed they would.
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Lovely Regency romance novel.
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
SUMMARY: 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.

REVIEW: This story continues the saga of the Creighton and Sterling families of Darby England. The first story featured brother Graham and this one continues the tale with brother William. I really li
M.A. Nichols
I have to say I enjoyed this one. It wouldn't rate among my favorite historical romances, but it was just different and entertaining enough to make it stand out to me. There are a few things that were a little hard to believe, but mostly it was a fun read.

I really liked the heroine and hero. The hero is a bit different from the normal debauched hero, in that he's trying to reform himself before he meets the heroine. You see him struggling to get his life together before and while he's falling in
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book! As much as I enjoyed the first, I adored the second even more! The setting and characters were ideal (I loved the sensible but romantic heroine and the flawed but sincere hero), and I simply couldn't read it fast enough! Looking forward to getting a copy of the series' final installment, A Lady at Willowgrove Hall.
Also, this is personal opinion, but I could really envision William & Patience being played by these two actors:

Kellyn Roth
Originally posted in the April 2017 Mini Reviews

On many levels, I really enjoyed this book. It was an amazing concept, and I enjoyed the characters and setting. However, the plot was very rushed. I wished the author could have slowed down and taken her time with some scenes, events, plotlines, etc. The end was especially rushed.

Then there’s the whole deal with William’s secret past. I’m not going to say what that is, but I will say this: when Patience finds out about it, she hardly bats an eyela
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sarah Ladd has successfully penned two books utilizing a beautiful cadence of story, history, love and intrigue. Patience Creighton, so hesitant to resist change, is suddenly enraptured by change with the entrance of William Sterling into her life. His secrets and her determination combine for many chapters of delightful reading.
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Reading it was like my mind taking a bath. So relaxing and satisfying. The hero and heroine are both endearing and I loved seeing their love story play out. 💕
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The Headmistress of Rosemere was a very good follow-up to The Heiress of Winterwood! While the story seemed slower paced and it took me a while to finish (that could have been because I was busy and didn't have consistent reading time), that didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book.

I liked the characters and the little bit of action/mystery in The Headmistress of Rosemere. I was act
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
Probably my favorite book in the series. If you had to read only one, this is the one that I would suggest to you. Ms. Ladd paints a wonderful picture with Ms. Creighton as her main character, with her fight over the girls' school her father left behind and her attempts to keep the place running even against the wishes of some. The best part of the book I believe is the development of Mr. William Sterling. He is someone you come to expect certain things from, and in the end get surprised a good ...more
Reet Champion
Her burdens are heavy, but Patience Creighton is a survivor and will do what she can to preserve her father’s dream while supporting her mother. Life was not always so harsh. Before her father died, Patience had her brother Rowan and mother to lean on. But all that has changed now. Rowan has deserted the family and Patience has given him up for gone while her grieving mother continues to dote on him. It wouldn’t be SO bad except her mother also refuses to see that Patience has kept their girl’s ...more
Jalynn Patterson
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

Patience Creighton will finally find the peace she lost years ago--if she can open her heart and forgive the man who loves her.

Bright, sensible Patience knows what is expected of her. At twenty-five, her opportunity for a family of her own has passed, so she finds contentment teaching at her father's school for girls. When her father dies suddenly and her brother moves away to London, she is determined to keep her father's dream alive.

Confirmed bachelor William Sterling also knows
The Headmistress of Rosemere was a thoughtful, sweet story that I really enjoyed. A sequel to The Heiress of Winterwood, this book told the story of a lovely spinster (she's actually only twenty-five or so) who runs a school for girls and has given up on the idea of romance. Her brother Rawdon hasn't been heard of since their father's untimely death, her mother's health is declining from her grieving state, and her friend Cassandra is anxiously awaiting Rawdon's supposed return... because they' ...more
Ruth Hill
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was quite a pleasant surprise for me. As I commenced my reading, I was pretty sure this would be a mediocre book at best. There was nothing too remarkable, and I believed this would be the typical historical Christian romance.

However, as the story went along, the author threw in some clever elements that endeared me to the characters and the story. I honestly was not certain how things would end. I enjoyed the love story between Patience and William, and although I had not read the fir
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book, i-own, love-story
Now that's more like it (compared to the last regency romance I read), this was good.

I need to catch up on reading and reviewing some books for net galley, but decided I had to redeem that last book. I don't know what it is about regency romances, probably the fact that being alone with a guy is scandalous or something, but it helps remind us old married ladies that our husband's care, concern, and forearms are remarkable. (Don't ask... I'm in this stage where rolled up sleeves of his white shi
Clare Cannon
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
So far...
- too much description of shallow things, all about how things look or how Patience feels, but no complex backstory compared with the classics. Listening to Jane Eyre again and the books are poles apart.
- romance is very trivial, all about looks even though it's set in 19th century England.
- Not unreadable, but pretty tedious.
I liked it!

Patience and William were so cute together though I wish they'd spend more time together.

The story's pretty much what was expected plus more. I liked the Ewan angle though I wish he'd been fleshed out more. And poor Cassandra, she was forgotten pretty quickly. A quick mention (maybe a letter by her) during the epilogue would've been nice.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Still as captivating as the first time I read it!
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
It was just meh. I did like parts of the plot but it dragged. Also, only one mention of the characters from the last book, which is okay, I guess if you're looking for stand alone.
I did like Patience and Lydia. William was alright but not as developed as could have been.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: vintage-romance
Kind of slow for me and rather dull.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It is an epic adventure filled with danger, intrigue and sweet romance. I enjoyed the spiritual truths woven in the pages. This book is a must read. It is breath taking!
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
I enjoyed this story. It has some twists and turns that I didn't expect. I would recommend this book. ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Solid, feel-good read. I don't know that I'll finish the series, but if I end up in a slump, I'm sure the third one can be relied upon to uplift my spirits. I will say that for being the best friend, Cassandra was no more than a prop, so I was a little disappointed there. ...more
AlegnaB †
3.5 -- I enjoyed this, but it wasn't as good as the first book in the series. ...more
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