“Dawn at Emberwilde” ~ Book Review

Jun 13, 2016 by

Welcome back to Rachel’s Back Talk! I’m so glad you could join me again. Today I am reviewing Sarah Ladd’s newest release, Dawn at Emberwilde.


As is my custom, if I could ask Sarah one question about Dawn at Emberwilde it would be — “How could you make Mr. Bradford seem so nice?” And if you want to know why I asked that question, I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out!


And without further ado, onto Rachel’s Back Talk!
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From the Back Cover:

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.



Rachel’s Back Talk:

5 – award winning covers

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Sarah Ladd is a new author to me — but her books are now a “must-read” on my list! The level of mystique with the plot and characters definitely captured my attention from the very start!

Isabel thinks that she has her life figured out — until her aunt shows up, introducing her to a new way of life. Isabel’s respect for her aunt and uncle was very admirable and even though sometimes she just wanted to do things her own way, Isabel went along with it. She isn’t however afraid of speaking up for herself when it has to do with matters of the heart.

Mr. Bradford or Mr. Galloway? Throughout the story, Sarah had me guessing as to which one Isabel would eventually choose! Sometimes one would win over the other in my mind, but then something else happened. Loved the twists and turns this book took!

This book has been given to me by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review which I have given.


Other books by Sarah I will read next:
The Heiress of Winterwood

A Lady at Willowgrove Hall

The Headmistress of Rosemere

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