I listened to this novel on audio, which I found to be enriched by the lovely voice of English narrator, Henrietta Meire. It truly made the novel that much more enjoyable.
Patience, after the death of her father, the absents of her brother, and the melancholy of her mother, finds herself in charge of the girl's school at Rosemere. She feels she has found God's calling on her life as headmistress.
William is the master of Eastmore Hall, a trouble man with a past full of sins and mistakes, who needs to grow up and take responsibility for his home and estate before he loses it all.
It was nice to see these characters grow and mature and fall in love.
This novel, with it's beautiful writing, also had many other characters intertwined in Patience's and William's story. Reminding me of the works of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and Charles Dickens in this regard. I felt their influence throughout, which made me appreciate this gentle and telling story even more.
I also loved the setting of the moors of England. Such a beautiful place and a wonderful backdrop for this story of past and present in the lives of Patience and William. Every time I read of these great moors, it makes me want to visit. So lovely!
This is book two in a series of three, but is easily read as a stand alone. I highly recommend it to 19th century literary fiction lovers.
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