Sarah. E. Ladd's "Dawn at Emberwilde"

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.

Dawn at Emberwilde immediately reminded me of Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, with a dash of Julianna Deerings's Dressed for Death. There's slow & clean romance with mystery & intrigue. This book transports you to the English countryside and makes you see visions of Jane and Mr. Bingley!

I enjoyed the world building in this SO much. Sarah does a considerably awesome job of completely immersing the reader into her world. Every setting is well written, making it so easy to visualize everything that is going on.

The characters are just as beautiful as anything Austen could write! Love em. Hate em. Doesn't matter cause you will still want to know what happens to them! It is a slightly slow moving story, and I would have liked to see a little more happen-but it was still a great faith-based regency read.

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Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

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