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 what is expected of him, but mistake after mistake has left him teetering on ruin’s edge. As master of Eastmore Hall he owns a great deal of land but possesses little money to manage the upkeep. He is desperate to find a new source of income, including the sacrifice of land connected to Rosemere.
When her brother returns with a new wife to take over management of the school, Patience is heartbroken to no longer be responsible for her beloved school and is forced to reassess God’s purpose for her life. After her sister-in-law’s matchmaking brings Patience and William together, they both learn new truths about their character and find a common goal in restoring Eastmore’s legacy.
I’m the first to admit that I’m not particularly keen on Regency romances. I prefer a bit more action and some contemporary language. Sarah Ladd, however, has captured my attention with her Whispers on the Moors series. Her characters are rich, the plots are engaging, and I can’t wait to find out what happens. In this second book, like the first, the story flows smoothly, pulling you in to the conflict and allowing you to experience the story as the characters do, sharing in their emotions and experiences. So often I find novels that keep the reader at arm’s length, as if reading someone else’s version of a story. Ladd’s writing puts the reader in the story, letting you become part of the show, an often neglected talent in many of today’s novels.
USA Today said it well – if you like Jane Austen, you’ll love Sarah E. Ladd.