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.
|Contributor(s)||Sarah E. Ladd|
|About the Contributor(s)||Sarah E. Ladd
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 family and spunky Golden Retriever. Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor
|Publish Date||May 10, 2016|
|Series||A Treasures of Surrey Novel|
- Review by Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Ms. Ladd continues the Treasures of Surrey series in Dawn at Emberwilde, first started in her earlier novel, The Curiosity Keeper. The beautiful cover of this book will cause almost anyone to take an initial look at this exciting example of Regency-era Christian fiction.
Overall, I quite enjoyed reading Dawn at Emberwilde. Initially, I was hesitant to pick up the book, as I did not have any luck getting started with one or two of Ms. Ladd’s earliest books in the Regency genre. However, I found this novel to be a quite pleasant read, as has been the case with several other Christian fiction books lately. The overall storyline of the novel is not incredibly complicated or unique, but it will appeal to readers as another example of ever-enjoyable, entertaining, and clean fiction from the HarperCollins publishing group. If anything, I would have liked to see further development of the Christian aspects of the storyline, even as Dawn at Emberwilde had at least some Christian elements, which is more than can be found in quite a few other novels released by HarperCollins in the last several years. After reading this book, I will very likely go searching for The Curiosity Keeper to see how Ms. Ladd develops a series and to prepare for next year’s release, A Stranger at Fellsworth.
Special thanks to The Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson for the advanced copy of Dawn at Emberwilde!
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
(Posted on 5/31/2016)
- Review by Ellie Faye
In Dawn at Emberwilde, Sara Ladd takes her readers on an entertaining and though-provoking adventure. The mysterious Emberwilde Forest and the secretive Ellison family add a depth to the novel that some of Ladd's latest efforts have lacked. Particularly realistic is Isabel's personal struggle to balance the austere nature of her upbringing with the striking excesses of her new home. Any parent will also empathize with Isabel's fears for Lizzy's future and questions as to which type of childhood will prove most beneficial and healthy. The auxiliary characters were well-developed and entertaining, and the central love-story compelling and sweet. This new work definitely ranks among Ladd's best thus far.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. (Posted on 4/12/2016)