[Review] The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson December 31, 2013
Genre: Christian Fiction
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Free copy from Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson.
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Setting~Rosemere School for Young Ladies, Darbury, England 1816.
Patience Creighton is a young women who's been left to manage the Rosemere School for Young Ladies, after her father's recent death and her brother's absence. Her brother Rowden is to be in charge of the school; but departed for London shortly after the funeral. Patience's mother has taken to bed, her willful and defiant behavior is taxing for Patience. Patience fulfills all the responsibilities as a headmistress, but without the title. The landlord of Rosemere is William Sterling. When the story begins William had business dealings with shady characters who pay him a visit. William is left wounded and stumbles to Rosemere where he is found and his wounds are treated by Patience. Patience makes an impression on William, her soothing and gentle demeanor, not to mention her beauty captivates him.
1. Patience is an admirable character. A series of hardships have not dampened her resolve to remain faithful. Her outward appearance is beautiful; however, she is a person of humility. In anger she does not ridicule or lash out at others.
2. I felt society standards of early 1800s are well-written. Patience is working as headmistress; but because her brother is a man and in charge she must answer to him. Women were expected to marry and have children, not run a business.
3. The story depicts the various affects of grieving after a loved ones death. Each member of Patience's family deals or does not deal with the father's death. Patience pours herself in to work and being busy. Patience's mother stays in bed or in seclusion most of the time. Patience's brother Rowden leaves immediately after the death with the reason, "he must take care of business in London."
4. I liked hearing Patience's thoughts about her fears, anxieties, dreams, distress.
1. I felt William Sterling's serious problems were fixed too easily. The story begins with a strong emphasis on William's under-handed dealings and addiction. If there is a book three, possibly there will be a re-visiting of Willam's problems?
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