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 fatherâ€™s death.
The unexpected arrival of a stranger with news of unknown relatives turns Isabelâ€™s small, predictable world upside down, sweeping her and her young charge into a labyrinth of intrigue and hidden motives.
At her new familyâ€™s invitation, Isabel and Lizzie relocate to Emberwilde, a sprawling estate adjacent to a vast, mysterious wood rife with rumors and ominous folkloreâ€”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 itâ€”in the depths of Emberwilde Forest.
This is the second book in the Treasures of Surrey series, however, it completely stands alone with the only connection to the first novel, The Curiosity Keeper, being the Fellsworth School.
Dawn at Emberwilde is primarily a romance with hints of mystery and danger.Â This is the type of book that I really enjoy reading, because the plot is highly character driven.
The story revolves heavily around Isabel discovering who she is, what she values, how she must relate to a number of different people whose character is difficult to discern and how to make wise choices.Â Of course, there is a mysterious past, smugglers, gypsy stories and courtship thrown in for good measure.
I thought it was an enjoyable and fairly light read very much in keeping with what I’ve come to expect from Sarah Ladd’s novels.
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.