15 June, 2016

{{Book Review}} 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.

*My Review*

I'm not sure how to write my review this book without being too harsh. I liked it & thought it was an okay read, but I found it to be slow.  I haven't read the first book in this series, but I think this book was okay to be read as a stand alone, but I plan on reading book one, just so I know what happened. 

Even though this is a Christian novel, I didn't see much going on in the way of spirituality. There are a few scriptures that are read, but that's about it. This is a "clean" romance though, which is always a big plus for me. I try not to read/review books that I wouldn't want to pass on to my 12 yr old. 

While this is definitely NOT a book that I would have gone out and paid money for, I don't regret having read it. I will keep this book for my 12 yr old, if she wishes to read it, & I will keep reading more from Sarah E. Ladd, but my feelings are that for a mystery/romance...everything was so slow.

Just because I didn't LOVE the book, doesn't mean that my readers won't enjoy it. It was just one of those times that I didn't love it. If I posted a 5 star review for EVERY book that I reveiw, it wouldn't be true and I want nothing but the truth posted in my reviews. 

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About the author:

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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