Dawn at Emberwilde
by Sarah E. Ladd
I thoroughly enjoyed Dawn at Emberwilde! While it is not in the usual genre of books that I read, it was extremely well written, and reminded me very much of some of the classic authors like Georgette Heyer or Grace Livingston Hill.
It was clean, flowed smoothly, and had characters that you could truly enjoy (or detest!) because of the way they were written. A little bit of mystery, a little bit of romance, a little bit of history … Dawn at Emberwilde covered it all.
When I was about halfway through the book, I told my husband, “This book reminds me of how stories used to be written; a real story … not just a bunch of characters and problems thrown in between two covers.”
Sarah E. Ladd is a new author to me, but I will definitely be picking up more of her books. If they are written as well as Dawn at Emberwilde, she will be put up on my “Favorite Authors” shelf!
Isabel Creston never dared to dream that love could be hers. Now, at the edge of a forest filled with dark secrets, she faces a fateful choice between love and duty.
For as long as she can remember, beautiful and free-spirited Isabel has strained against the rules and rigidity of the Fellsworth School in the rolling English countryside. No longer a student, Isabel set her sights on a steady yet unexciting role as a teacher at the school, a safe yet stifling establishment that would provide her a steady environment to care for her younger sister Lizzie, who was left in her care after her father’s death.
The unexpected arrival of a striking stranger with news of unknown relatives turns Isabel’s small, predictable world upside down, sweeping her and her young charge into a labyrinth of intrigue and hidden motives.
At her new family’s invitation, Isabel and Lizzie relocate to Emberwilde, a sprawling estate adjacent to a vast, mysterious wood rife with mysterious rumors and ominous folklore—along with whispers of something far more sinister. And perhaps even more startling, two handsome men begin pursuing Isabel, forcing her to learn the delicate dance between attraction, the intricate rules of courtship, and the hopes of her heart.
At Emberwilde, Isabel will discover that the key to unlocking the mystery of her past may also open the door to her future and security. But first she must find it—in the depths of Emberwilde Forest.
If it sounds interesting to you, pick up your copy of Dawn at Emberwilde today, and come back to let me know what you thought!
*Sincere thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers and The Fiction Guild for providing me with a complimentary copy to read and review.