06 June 2016

Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd

About the Book
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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.

Following The Curiosity Keeper in the Treasures of Surrey series, Dawn at Emberwilde sweeps its readers into another excellent Regency romance from author Sarah E. Ladd, and I loved it. As Isabel Creston unexpectedly discovers the existence of relatives and journeys into a new and extravagant lifestyle, her story fills with mystery, intrigue, and danger, as well as social lessons to learn and romantic decisions to make. The rich scenic descriptions transported my imagination to faraway time and place, while the excellent cast of characters surrounding Isabel kept me guessing about the good and the bad and who to trust. So, as expected, I really enjoyed the experience of reading this latest novel by Ladd and can’t wait for her next one, A Stranger in Fellsworth. I definitely recommend Dawn at Emberwilde - fans of Regency romance, be sure to read it.

Thanks to LitFuse Publicity Group, I received a copy of Dawn at Emberwilde and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. To read other opinions, be sure to check out what other reviewers think here, and purchase a copy of the book here.

About 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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