Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah Ladd ~ Review

Dawn at Emberwilde (Treasures of Surrey, #2)Lucie's Review:

Isabel Creston is a teacher at the school where she spent most of her childhood, she has known little beyond her life at the school. So she is surprised when she get's a letter inviting her to come and live with the family that she never knew she had at Emberwilde Hall. She accepts the invitation on the condition that her younger sister, Lizzie, can accompany her.

But what secrets await Isabel and Lizzie at Emberwilde?

A historical novel, with a gothic twist, as dark secrets, and strange happenings in the forest make for an intriguing and fast paced read. Isabel and her sister are plunged into a world of secrets and intrigue, when invited to Emberwilde Hall, and they find that not everyone is who they seem...

This is a well crafted and quickly moving read, with taunt tension, and mystery that brings a sense of urgency and moves the plot well.

I liked Constance Ellison, Isabel's cousin who tries to befriend them immediately, and welcomed them with open arms.

Colin Galloway is the magistrate of Northrop, and a good friend of Mr. Ellison, and his is helping to investigate the strange and disturbing things discovered in the forest. He is a very helpful man, in the right place at the right time more often than not.

I really liked the relationship between Isabel and Lizzie and how they have a heart for others, volunteering their time at the foundling home.

Overall, a fantastic read, with a great pacing and sense of tension, and intrigue. This book has a gothic feel to it, and would be great for fans of Jane Eyre. Isabel is faced with a choice, as her aunt seems to be trying to throw her together with one man, yet there is another that Isabel cannot forget. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend!

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About the book: 

Dawn at Emberwilde (Thomas Nelson, May 2016)

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 ofEmberwilde Forest.

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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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