Monday, June 6, 2016

Book Review: "Dawn at Emberwilde," by Sarah E. Ladd

Dawn at Emberwilde
by Sarah E. Ladd
Regency Romance
Thomas Nelson

About the book:
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:
Dawn at Emberwilde has all of the ingredients that fans of historical fiction love: a grand and mysterious home with rumors swirling around, an innocent and beautiful young woman who gets swept up in events she doesn't understand, and handsome young men who may not be who they appear to be. Isabel's newfound family seems almost too good to be true, and Isabel learns early on that her vastly improved circumstances come with a price. Having led a sheltered life at a school, she must learn quickly how to figure out who has her best interests at heart -- and who does not. This book is filled with suspense and atmosphere, perfect for escaping from the modern world. Sarah E. Ladd has written another winner.

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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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

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