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Dawn at Emberwilde

Regular Price: $15.99

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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.

The second book in the beloved Regency romance series, The Treasures of Surrey.

“Regency romantic suspense at its page-turning best.” —RT Book Reviews, 4½ stars, TOP PICK!, for The Curiosity Keeper

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. Visit her online at; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.

ISBN-10 0718011813
ISBN-13 9780718011819
Publish Date May 10, 2016
Weight (lbs) 1.0000
Height 8.36
Width 5.54
Length 352
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Price $15.99
Series A Treasures of Surrey Novel
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Overall Rating
Sarah Ladd builds on her previous Regency-era novels to bring her readers Dawn at Emberwilde. Isabel has lost all of her family, with the exception of her much-younger half-sister, Lizzie. Together, they have made a place for themselves at the Fellsworth School, where they both are in training to become teachers and governesses. An unexpected visitor brings news of relatives who have been looking for Isabel for years. With that announcement, Isabel and Lizzie quickly start their journey to Emberwilde, where Isabel’s aunt, uncle, and cousin await their arrival. Isabel finds herself in an entirely different world. Although her mother once lived in such privileged circumstances, Isabel discovers the transition from the schedule and hard work of Fellsworth School to have ill-prepared her for life as a lady of society. Fortunately, she soon makes several friends who help her to navigate her circumstances, even as mysterious events in the Emberwilde forests threaten the family’s safety and future.

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
Overall Rating
Free-spirited heroine Isabel Creston chafes under the rigid rules of Fellsworth school where she has been a student for years and hopes to become a teacher. Thinking herself without family other than her young sister Lizzy-- for whom she is responsible-- Isabel resigns herself to a predictable life of hard work at Fellsworth. When a dashing stranger appears at the school with an offer to reunite her with her estranged mother's family, Isabel and Lizzy find themselves swept away to an unknown world of wealth, excess, and an entirely different set of rules. Will Isabel find a way to navigate her way through her new role and the expectations her new family places on her? Will the dark family secrets and mysteries keep her from embracing a life of love and security she never dreamed was possible?

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)

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