1. #2: Dawn at Emberwilde
    #2: Dawn at Emberwilde
    Sarah E. Ladd
    Thomas Nelson / 2016 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 66 Reviews
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Poor orphans . . .
    June 2, 2017
    Robin Willson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Christian Historical fiction - England early 1800's

    As a young child, after her mother died Isabel was left at the Fellsworth School. She was still there when her father died and her sister joined her. Later a teacher, she never expected to leave unless as a governess. One day a visitor comes to tell her that she has an Aunt, who brings her and her sister to live with them at their mansion. But all is not as it seems.

    Her Aunt and Uncle expect her to enter society and marry well. Isabel isn't even used to talking to men, and now has two she interacts with. Quite a different life than what she had expected. Still it is exciting with all the dresses and parties. Always fond of gardens and outdoors, there's a forest alongside the estate, but even though she is drawn there she's been warned to stay away. Conflicting advice from her Aunt, Uncle, Cousin and suitors makes things difficult, and as time goes by she uncovers more secrets and realizes how little she really knew about her mother. Lessons in self-worth and faith in God's influence and guidance throughout.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Thomas Nelson Publishers and The BookLook Bloggers Team. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html
  2. California
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    FULL OF SUSPENSE & DRAMA
    August 28, 2017
    Blue Jeans & Teacups
    California
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Beginning in Fellsworth School, Surrey, England 1817. Isabel has grown up in the school, following the passing of her mother, and being unwelcomed by her new stepmother. After the stepmother and eventually her father both passed away, she was the only living relative of her half-sister Lizzie, and now responsible for her. She had her life planned out, as a teacher at the school, while Lizzy completed her education there. It would be a simple, quiet life albeit somewhat stifled. That is, until a stranger shows up at the school, with a mysterious carriage and a letter from a prominent family claiming to be her relations on her mother's side. The headmaster assures her this is a golden opportunity, however, if she does not seize it, she is no longer welcome at the school, since her place can be filled with someone in actual need.

    At Emberwilde, she and Lizzy will have to learn the ways of the elite. Isabel will meet two men who show concern for her. Mr. Bradford and Mr. Galloway. But, who can she trust in this new world, where expectations are high, secrets abound, and an alleged haunted forest lurks nearby? As per usual, this is a clean read, but there is only a light sprinkling of faith in this book. This author does not seem to write very much in that regard. The details and story are strong and woven well. Both book 1 & 2 seem to be very independent of each other, and certainly, can be read as individual novels vs. a series.

    I purchased my copy. My opinion is my own and without compensation. I give it a 4-star rating vs. 5 stars for lack of Christian tone under a Christian publisher. Overall, I would recommend this book to a friend.

    2016 Thomas Nelson Pub.

    342 pages

    Read&Reviewed: 08/2017
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Dawn at Emberwilde - Very Enjoyable Read
    July 26, 2017
    Angela
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Have read the entire series and this one is my favorite. The main character, Isabel Creston, finds suspense, intrigue, questionable and puzzling motives by other people, uncertainty about who to trust and who to love - along with a rags-to-riches story (ah, but will it last?) I liked the fact that Isabel took responsibility for her much younger half-sister, when she could have left her behind.

    After reading the first book in this series, I wasn't sure just how this one would end - a nice unpredictable quality by Sarah Ladd. Have read her other series (Whispers on the Moors) and enjoyed it, as well. I find her books to be an easy read and hard to put down.
  4. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Pleasing Regency Story
    February 28, 2017
    theLadyLeigh
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    From the moment I began this story I couldnt bear to put it down for along! Being a great fan of regency novels I was eager to begin Dawn at Emberwilde and to see what author Sarah E. Ladd had to offer- Ive been looking at her books for a while now and I wanted to know if the insides were as lovely as all the covers! I was not disappointed!

    This book follows Isobel Creston, an aspiring schoolteacher who has some up through the ranks in the small girls school she and her half-sister Lizzy have found home for many years. Orphaned, Isobels main hope and dream is to make a safe and comfortable life for herself and her sister. But their entire lives are turned upside down when relatives magically appear to claim them and invite them to live in their family estate.

    Everything is not as it seems at Emberwilde however, the great forest that surrounds the estate is said to be haunted, her cousin is cordial but hiding something and her aunt clearly has her reasons for bringing them there but Isobel cant figure out why- or get her aunt to answer questions about Isobels mother and why she left the family. To complicate matters two gentleman of the county seem to have a growing interest in her- and as Isobel faces the pressures of her aunt to marry and marry quickly- when all she really wants to do is protect her sister from the trappings of the lavish lifestyle that she is quickly becoming used to- and figure out why God has brought them to this place!

    All throughout the book I found Isobel a sensible and likeable character that in a gentle way put God and her morals at the forefront of her life. Isobel was not in any way stuffy or un-relatable, she is pictured from the first as someone with a great whimsy and love of nature, someone who was kind and sought the best for those around her.

    Lest anyone think that this book is all romance and naught else- never fear! There is a great mystery lurking under the cover of darkness in Emberwilde Forest and Collin Ellison, the local magistrate is keen to get to the bottom of it- his only problem is he keeps running into a certain attractive young lady that has recently arrived on the estate! I liked Collin a great deal and really took a shine to his manner and thinking, and his presence was a welcome addition to any scene!

    Overall I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it! I made a great read in between work over the course of a week and I looked forward to that time I could pick it up and enjoy it. I will look forward to enjoying more of Sarah Ladds work in the future too!

    I have been given a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and opinion of the product.
  5. Georgia
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful Read
    November 21, 2016
    Snowflakes
    Georgia
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd was a pleasure to read. It was one of those novels that I found myself thinking of between readings, wondering what would be happening next. I happened to also be watching Bleak House in my spare time, and the two had a very similar feel for me. I found the relationships complex and gripping and I enjoyed the way that Ms. Ladd used vivid descriptions without being pedantic and verbose. I would highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in books along the lines of Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens but are looking to read it in more contemporary language.

    I was provided this book for free from The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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