Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd ~ Review


Dawn at Emberwilde

by Sarah E. Ladd  

Regency Romance
Thomas Nelson



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 role as a teacher at the school, a safe yet stifling establishment that would enable her to care for her younger sister Lizzie, who was left in her care after her father's death.

The unexpected arrival of a 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 rumors and ominous folklore---along with whispers of something far more sinister. 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.
My Thoughts:

Isabel Creston is young, just 20, when she leaves Fellsworth school, where she has no freedom—not even to choose what to wear or how to style her hair. It is a place of rigidity. When she and her sister move to Emberwilde with her relatives, she finds a whole different type of rigidity. She was raised to practical things. In her new home, she is expected to conform to high society manners, looks, and activities—or inactivities. She finds a strength within that she didn't know she had. She needs it as she faces some very mysterious and even dangerous situations. Mystery surrounds her past, she was young when her mother died, then spent years in the school separated from her father. Now she must discover the past and choose between very different paths which her life might take.

Have you ever found an author that, when you see her books, you just know they'll be good—even without reading the cover? I've found a just a few. Sarah E. Ladd is on that short list. Mystery and Regency romance blend flawlessly in Sarah E. Ladd's writing. Dawn at Emberwilde is no exception. I find that I enjoy the Jane Austenish feel of books set in the Regency period.  The manners and the propriety of this clean romance appeal to me.

This is the second in the Treasures of Surrey series.  The book stands independent of the first, The Curiosity Keeper.



Read my reviews of Sarah E. Ladd's books.
The Heiress of Winterwood
The Headmistress of Rosemere
A Lady of Willowgrove Hall

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 Meet the Author



Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. 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.

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Litfuse.



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