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. At twenty-five, Patience Creighton is already a spinster. The busy headmistress of Rosemere always expected a dashing man to sweep her off her feet and take her away…but that man never came. And since her father's death, keeping the school running and her mother happy has been plenty to keep her occupied.
William Sterling dallied his way into financial trouble and mortal danger. When he is assaulted by his creditors' henchmen on the road home from a tavern, he guides his horse to the doorstep of his tenant, the Rosemere School for Young Ladies. After being tended to by Patience, the wounded William rides off into the dawn - but makes a point to learn more about the lovely headmistress. As he spends more time at Rosemere, something delicate begins to develop between William and Patience. But that will not deter William's creditors. With little money to repay his debts, and less for the upkeep of his estate, it becomes clear that sacrificing Rosemere may be the only way to preserve his legacy. But it may also cost him his happiness.
©2013 Thomas Nelson (P)2013 Thomas Nelson
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This was a Very good read. It had plenty of drama and characters. I actually liked the Narrator and the ending was sweet.
Although the story is nice, the recording isn't. Distracting to hear background noise - music, a car, etc. The reader didn't break between sections. It would take me a sentence or two before I realized she had shifted to the next section or character.
"Loved Everything About It"
I loved everything about this book: the storyline, the complicated relationships, the characters, their imperfections and their growth, the romance, the setting...and I also thoroughly enjoyed the narration of the audiobook.
"Worst narrator ever!"
The narrator - what was she trying to do? Terrible accents, terrible inflection absolutely no feeling what so ever! A disaster!!!
Emotion! Common sense! Her male characters all sounded like either drunk or mentally deficient!
"Bronte and Austen Fans Will be Thrilled!"
Audio narration: I purchased the CD audiobook version first. The narrator has a somewhat depressed sounding voice and speaks slowly. Too slowly. So I came over to Audible.com and downloaded this version and set the narration speed at 1.5 which worked out great on my Kindle. Much better narration than performed by the narrator for Sarah's first novel's. Still wish they could have gotten someone who didn't make the story sound like such a tragedy, because it wasn't. This was an inspirational fiction and a narrator with some hope in her voice would have been better.
Story: This is like a cross between a Jane Austen and a Charlotte Bronte story and won't disappoint those fans! A great listen, lovely story, sweet and well developed cast of characters, lots of tension, and little Emma steals the story! This is only the second book Sarah has written and she's already grown so much as a writer. She delivers a wonderful HEA that will leave readers emotionally satisfied. Brava, Sarah!
I loved the narrator she really pulled me right in. The story was wonderfully written. Thank you
"Good story, another HORRIBLE narrator."
Incredibly monotone and boring, like Ben Stein, and it made the book/story boring. I actually sped it up just to get through it. She really isn't a "narrator", but rather is just a common reader. Was she reading while asleep???
Liked the mystery, but could barely get through the story w/o falling asleep or getting distracted with other activities because of the deep constant drone, lack of excitement, and even lack of normal feeling of the reader. Good grief, the first two books in the series had horrible narration, is the third one going to be the same??? I'm seriously regretting spending my credits on these.
Really pulled me into the storyline from the beginning. Kept my attention. Loved the narrator. She was the perfect one to read aloud.
Loved the main character, Patience. She was incredibly believable and a women of integrity.
"Terribley long winded and poorly narrated tale"
Everything. It needed an interesting plot with lively characters, some type of action and a narrator that does NOT speak in a monotone.
The characters were not in any way realistic. The story line was so dull.
Who reads in a monotone and then does unbelievable character voices? It was horrid.
Not at all. I finally gave up on it. I really regret using my credit on this.
"Good sequel to Heiress of Winterwood"
Good sequel to the last, featuring a character I liked from it. Though I did not enjoy it as much as the last, a little slow and mushy in places.
British narrator, which was more fitting, but perhaps could have read with a little more enthusiasm.
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