About the book:
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.
Great characters and a lovely, albeit mysterious setting made this story a wonderful read. It was the heartwarming relationship between Isabel and her half-sister, Lizzie that I really loved. I found the strong friendship and encouragement between Isabel and her friend Mary very endearing, too. Colin was another wonderful character that I really liked. An intriguing and well written novel.
Although, this is the second book (The Curiosity Keeper being the first) in the series by Ms. Ladd, it can easily be read as a stand alone.
I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys Christian fiction.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest opinion which I have given.