June 3, 2016

Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd - Review

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: May 10, 2016
Number of pages: 320
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: Treasures of Surrey #2

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.

What did I think of this book:
Sarah Ladd has done it again and captured my attention with another hit in this Treasures of Surrey series. It is a nice blend of romance and mystery which suits me just fine. This book was a real page turner for me and kept me reading long into the night. The mysterious forest really had me wondering at times. I found the characters well developed and enjoyed getting to know them. Also I thought that the author got the time period and all the descriptions down pat. Sarah is good at doing her research and it shows in her writing. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. 

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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