Character Spotlight ~ Sarah E. Ladd’s William & Patience

The Headmistress of RosemereMeet a headmistress and a wayward son in

Sarah E. Ladd’s

historical romance

The Headmistress of Rosemere

Thomas Nelson

The Story

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.

Enjoy meeting William and Patience

Patience Creighton

Brief physical description

Patience has dark, straight hair and vibrant green eyes.

Actress who resembles her



Jennifer Connelly

Strengths and weaknesses

Patience is determined, dedicated, and loyal – all which serve her well as she assumes the role of headmistress at her father’s school.  Her weaknesses, however, lie in the fact that she is impatient and quick to form opinions, both of which can blind her to truths.

Inspiration for the character

As with all of the heroines in the Whispers on the Moors series, I asked myself the following question:  What would a woman during the Regency typically NOT do? In The Headmistress of Rosemere, Patience assumes the role of headmistress after her father, the headmaster of The Rosemere School for Young Ladies, passes away.  In an era where a woman’s main goal was often to marry well, this is an unexpected decision! I wanted to explore what it would be like for a woman to choose a path that went against societal expectations.

William Sterling

Brief physical description

William has light brown hair and blue eyes.



Actor who resembles him

Jonny Lee Miller

Strengths and weaknesses

William is passionate and generous, both of which are traits that bring out his finer qualities.  On the other hand, William is impulsive and a risk-taker, and as such he ends up in some very difficult situations.

Inspiration for the characters

William Sterling was introduced in the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series, which was titled The Heiress of Winterwood.  He was the hero’s brother, and in that first book he made some poor decisions. In The Headmistress of Rosemere, William is searching for redemption from his past failures, but fears it may be too late.


Sarah E Ladd HeadshotSarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. Her latest release is The Headmistress of Rosemere. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever. Connect with her online!  Visit her website, like her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

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4 Responses to Character Spotlight ~ Sarah E. Ladd’s William & Patience

  1. Great to read about the characters. The synopsis actually made me squeal. This book sounds very romantic!! In fact, if I remember correctly, a reader friend recently said that ” The Headmistress of Rosemere” was one of the very best romances she’s ever read. I have been hearing WONDERFUL things about Sarah E. Ladd’s writing! So, so looking forward to giving her books a try!

  2. I loved this book and I love the models she picked! They are perfect for how I imagined the characters and I really like Jonny Lee Miller!

  3. Hi Sarah,

    Loved the book as I’ve told you multiple times! I think the character picks are very appropriate. Have a great week!


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