Dawn at Emberwilde
Written by: Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Month, Year: May, 2016
A brief summary from Sarah E. Ladd:
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.
Dawn at Emberwilde is such a beautifully written novel!! Sarah E. Ladd has outdone herself with her latest romantic mystery with just a dash of fairy-tale whimsy story. I loved it!
When Isabel is summoned by unknown relatives to come and live with them, she and her younger half-sister Lizzie, gather courage and set out on an adventure. As they leave behind the structured lifestyle of the Fellsworth School and embrace the lax lifestyle of the well-to-do, Isabel struggles to find her place. All her life she worked toward being a teacher at Fellsworth School, only to find herself uprooted in a strange place where a woman working is frowned upon. As guardian of her sister, Isabel worries about Lizzie’s safety, schooling, and ability to cope in a new situation. Her new relatives aren’t much help either when they go behind Isabel’s back and give Lizzie riding lessons and new clothes.
Coming from an all-girls school, Isabel becomes quite flustered when two suitors begin to vie for her hand. I loved the conflict between the suitors and Isabel’s warring heart on who could win her love – the overly handsome and friendly Mr. Bradford or the rugged and unassumingly quiet Colin. When dangerous men begin to threaten Isabel and Lizzie and mysterious things being happening in the Emberwilde Forest, Isabel doesn’t know who to trust to keep her safe. To keep her sister safe. Things only get worse when Isabel decides to go into the woods alone to figure out what is going on in the darkness.
If you’re looking for a wonderfully sweet and can’t-put-it-down-till-the-last-page read, then I highly suggest picking up a copy of Dawn at Emberwilde, making a cup of tea, and snuggling under a blanket!! It’s the perfect summer read!
I was graciously provided a free hard-copy of this novel from Sarah E. Ladd and Litfuse in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.