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.
I really liked this book! As a teacher, I immediately felt a connection with Patience. I found myself unable to put the book down, needing to know what happened next. While there wasn't a lot of action, there was still a lot going on. And I liked watching William change, wanting to become a man deserving of Patience. It was a sweet story and my heart melted just a bit with the scenes between William and Emma. I haven't read the first book in the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, but I'm adding it to my list! What I want to know now is how Cassandra's story continues and Lewis' - each main character's best friend. And even though he got on my nerves a bit by coming on to Patience so strongly, I'm curious about Ewan's story as well. I think a sequel to this book - and not just another in the series - might be in order :)
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity for my honest review.