Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd (review by Kristi)

dawn at emberwilde

About the book:  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 yet unexciting role as a teacher at the school, a safe yet stifling establishment that would provide her a steady environment to care for her younger sister Lizzie, who was left in her care after her father’s death.

The unexpected arrival of a striking 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 mysterious rumors and ominous folklore—along with whispers of something far more sinister. And 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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Kindle Edition,  348 pages             Published May 10th 2016 by Thomas Nelson

My review: Perfect. There is no other way to describe this book. An engrossing story, well-developed characters, and just the right amount of mystery and intrigue combine with romance to make this a wonderful read.

I found myself totally “into” this story from the first page. There was a great balance of light and dark tones in the story. The plot unfolds at just the right pace to keep the reader interested and guessing as to what will happen next.

Isabel was an easy character to like and I was hoping for the best for her during the entire story. Constance, Lizzie, and Colin were also favorite characters of mine and I would like to read more about them. It would be great to catch up with them again.

There isn’t one thing I would change about this book. A great cast of characters, wonderful plot and excellent pace make this story a perfect weekend read.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

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