About the book:
Patience Creighton has dedicated herself to the Rosemere School for Young Ladies. But the return of the enigmatic master of the estate puts everything she loves at risk.
Bright, sensible Patience knows what is expected of her. At twenty-five, her opportunity for a family of her own has passed, so she invests herself in teaching at her father's school for girls. When her father dies suddenly and her brother moves away to London, she is determined to make the school successful.
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 property --- including the land where Rosemere School is located --- but possesses little money to manage its upkeep. When debtors start calling, he is desperate to find a new source of income, even if it means sacrificing Rosemere.
When a fire threatens the school grounds, William must decide to what lengths he is willing to go to protect his birthright. And when Patience's brother returns with a new wife to take over management of the school, Patience suddenly finds herself unsure of her calling. After a surprising truth about William's past is brought to light, both William and Patience will have to seek God's plans for their lives-and their hearts.
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About the author: Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. The Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.
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Patience Creighton has a lot on her plate. After her father's death, her mother's distance, and her brother's subsequent abandonment, everything rests on Patiences' shoulders. And she's starting to feel overwhelmed.
Taking care of 29 girls, the other teachers and servants, and a dashing but wounded landlord, her work is cut out for her! If I had to deal with her whining mother, her arrogant brother, and a less-than-welcome admirer, I would have thrown in the towel - with a few punches in well-aimed directions - as fast as I could.
My favorite characters would have to be Cassandra and William Sterling. While Cassandra wasn't a main character, she had much to offer and much to teach. When faced with unalterable, heart-breaking circumstances, it is she who teaches Patience the largest lesson. "God tells us to forgive when we are wronged. Even if it is difficult. If I choose to be angry, to not forgive, I am in disobedience. If I stay angry, I might miss the plan He has for me." What a truth this is! Definitely something that people today, myself included, need to be reminded of.
William Sterling is handsome, mannered, and flawed. Near the end of the story, he comes to grips with his wild younger years, and learns that sometimes the price tag of consequences come at a very high price. I very much enjoyed how he manned-up and took responsibility for his actions. Even when no one would be the wiser if he didn't.