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 of Emberwilde Forest.
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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.
Sarah Ladd weaves a tale of mystery and intrigue in her newest regency romance. This is a rags to riches tale with a surprise. I loved the feelings and descriptions throughout the novel and the characters easily come to life as well as the locations. While not my favorite by this author it is certainly still one I would recommend.
My only reason for taking off a star was that I like more faith elements in my Christian fiction and that part felt lacking in this one.
I think this book would appeal to both Christian readers and secular readers of regency fiction and romance. The historical elements are enough to engage even those who normally don’t read romance but are looking for a historical fiction read.
I received this novel free from Netgalley for an honest review, a positive review is not guaranteed or expected. The sentiments above are my own.
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