The Headmistress of Rosemere (review & giveaway link)

Renee Ann Smith —  January 20, 2014 — 3 Comments
Having been a longtime fan of Regency greats, I’m glad to have discovered an author Romantic Times crowns as “Regency writing royalty”—Sarah Ladd!

sarah ladd 2And while I’m sharing, here’s how Romantic Times describes her latest novel, 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.”

Here’s my take . . . The Headmistress of Rosemere tells the story of spinster Patience Creighton, who deals competently with her ailing mother and her boarding school filled with young ladies, but always seems to carry an air of sadness. Enter her landlord, William Sterling, a handsome, brooding hero, complete with dark past and cleft chin, who throws Patience’s well-ordered world into chaos. A fire, a goat, and some Lizzie-Bennet-type-annoying relatives stir things up. And a thread of mystery kept me turning pages.

What I liked best . . .

Headmistress of Rosemere gave me the flavor of my favorite Regencies with a style that is all Sarah Ladd original! I experienced a touch of Jane Eyre gothic drama, though not as heavy, and the feel of Sense and Sensibility’s family scenes. Also, generous dollops of a Pride and Prejudice worthy romance—with the added bonus that William and Patience share more scenes and feelings than Lizzie and Mr. Darcy. 

So, gentle reader, who could ask for more?

Who will love this book . . .

  • Regency fans
  • Jane Austen movie adaptation fans
  • Period piece drama fans
  • Writers looking to be inspired by some quality prose
  • Young teen readers on up

A passage I especially liked . . .

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What you should do next . . .

You can purchase your copy of The Headmistress of Rosemere at this link. ***Thanks to Sarah for providing a copy for me to review.

Enter a GIVEAWAY: Sarah is holding a fab School Your Desk Giveaway with daily prizes along with the Grand Prize of a Kindle! Follow this link (or click the image below) to enter the giveaway.

Sarah Ladd Headmistress of Rosemere

sarah ladd 1About the Author: Sarah Ladd has spent a lifetime writing and exploring fiction. She lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and very lovable Golden Retriever. You can connect with Sarah at her website, on her Facebook page, and on Twitter.

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

3 responses to The Headmistress of Rosemere (review & giveaway link)

  1. I have got to provide myself more time to read a good novel. I fit the categories on this one; all of them. I will choose to do this.
    Thanks for your inspiring book review of this one.
    Blessings!

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