Dawn at Emberwilde

Sarah E. Ladd

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Publication Date: 2016

Number of Pages: 330

Series: A Treasure of Surrey Novel-Book 2



Summary on back cover:

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.




Sarah E. Ladd is known for weaving history, romance and mystery together and I must say that in this book she does this beautifully.  A lot of Sarah E. Ladd’s books have the same “feel” about it, but I cannot say that they are too similar. There is just the right amount of differences to separate them from her other books without changing her style.


This book is a perfect example of what a “light read” is. It has suspense, but nothing “in your face” or scary. It had romance, but it was sweet and innocent. It had drama, but everything was resolved quickly. As I said, light. Of course, this isn’t bad at all, I quite enjoyed this book.


As I read Dawn at Emberwilde, I found myself flying through the book. It wasn’t necessarily fast-paced, but it was very well done to keep your attention. The characters were also very well done. They were very relatable (which is what I look for most when I’m judging characters). The love story was not your typical heat-pounding-love-at-first-sight kind of love story. It was very subdued.


Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who loves historical romances.


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