Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Book Review ~ Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd



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.

My Thoughts:
Sarah E. Ladd has fast become one of my go-to authors.  I have loved every book I've read by her but Dawn at Emberwilde was one of my very favorites.

Isabel's character was lovable from the first page.

Colin Galloway was the perfect hero with his tragic past and hero-y heroics.

I loved the imagery the author used to describe Emberwilde and even the Black Wood Forest sounded beautiful.

Regency romances were where my love of reading started so anytime I can pick up a good, clean regency romance with some mystery and intrigue packed in, I'm all for it :)

Dawn at Emberwilde is the 2nd book of the "Treasures of Surrey" series but it was excellent as a stand-alone novel.  I look forward to reading the other books of the series!



  1. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Historical romances are always so popular. Your neighbor at Sue's today!

  3. I've not yet read this author. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday at Mommynificent.com!


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