The Headmistress by Kristie Self ~ Book Review

June 8, 2024

About the Book 

The Headmistress
Author: Kristie Self
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Ladies of Roderick Glen
Publisher: Independent
Release Date: April 2024

Can two solitary hearts discover that their best chance for happiness lies in working together?

The Honorable Sienna Clarke has spent most of her life defying the expectations placed upon women in society. A scientific scholar at heart, she uses the inheritance she receives from her late father to open a special school for young ladies—one where they will be allowed to study any subject they wish, even those traditionally reserved for men.

Jasper Walker left Roderick Glen in disgrace more than two years ago and hasn’t set foot in the village since. Despite his attempts to change his life for the better, he finds himself once more searching for a way to repair a costly mistake. When his latest error results in deadly circumstances, Jasper reluctantly returns to Roderick Glen, hoping to escape from those who wish him harm. Seeking a way to support himself, he takes a job as caretaker for the school for young ladies that has recently opened in the village.

Sienna isn’t certain what to think of the new caretaker. He is handsome and charming, but also quite mysterious. She can’t shake the feeling he has secrets he’d rather keep buried, but despite her misgivings, she can’t deny her growing attraction to him.

Jasper has no desire to fall in love with anyone, certainly not a headstrong, opinionated headmistress far above his station, but when dangerous threats are made against Sienna and her school, he vows to do whatever he must to protect her and find the person responsible. Can love break through the barrier that surrounds his heart and show him what it means to truly put another person’s needs above his own?

My Thoughts

I love, love returning to the town of Roderick Glen, England and its people. Author Kristie Self has done a great job with this series so far and captivating me and wanting more each time the book comes to an end. So, needless to say I need more from this series! 

As always even thought theres a main storyline, this one being about Sienna and Jasper, there are also all these side storylines that are happening at the same time so definitely keeps you engaged. I really enjoyed how Sienna's story blossomed in this book and loved to see the return of Jasper and how he changed throughout the story. Of course it was great to "see" Cece, Victoria and Merry. Cece's storyline continues from the previous books and now we see her in medical school. I would really like more on her story and the good doctor!! Vickie as always was up to her antics although they have toned down a bit as she has matured but boy I am always wondering who will end up to be her love interest because currently its not who I was rooting for!!! Gah!! Dear Merry, as she continues her writing career we see her hopefully finally have lead to someone who will actually publish her works.

Seriously there is so much to unpack and delve into when you read these stories and I highly encourage you to read them from the very beginning to not only get the whole picture but also fall in love with these characters and not be confused if you jump in the middle of it. 

Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the story and I can't wait for the next book. I was a bit disappointed at the lighter spiritual content just because her first few books were so rich in it but despite that I really enjoyed these. If you are looking for a new historical fiction series to get hooked into make sure you check this one out!  

I received a copy of this book for review. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.


About the Author 

Kristie Self has always had a love for books and has been writing since she was a child. She combines her love of history and romance to write faith-filled love stories with memorable characters and intriguing plots. A banker by day, she spends most of her nights and weekends focused on writing. She enjoys traveling, watching movies, and curling up with a good book. An avid lover of music, she plays several instruments and also teaches piano. She is a graduate of Howard Payne University and lives in Lott, Texas, with her cat, Arlo.

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