Dawn At Emberwilde (Treasures Of Surrey Novel #2) [Paperback]
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Annabelle is about to enter the world of le bon ton. But there is more to it than meets the eye. And not all of it is good.
Fellsworth School is the only home that Annabelle Creswell has ever known. An artist at heart, she is curious about what adventure lies beyond Fellsworth’s walls. When her long-lost aunt invites Annabelle and her younger half-sister to accompany her to Bellfield Crossing for the summer, Annabelle cannot resist a new adventure.
Colin Ashton, on the other hand, has more adventure that he cares for. As a magistrate in Bellfield Crossing, he focuses on keeping illegal activity at bay. He has little time for frivolous activities, which he’s certain are Annabelle's focus.
Annabelle is enamored by the opulence that surrounds her at her aunt’s home—more wealth than she has ever known—but it is the orphans at the local orphanage who really capture her heart. As she works among the community, Annabelle quickly finds herself the interest of several suitors. Colin warns her not everyone can be trusted, but she wonders if she can trust him. After all, she has been told stories about him.
Colin’s and Annabelle’s paths continue to cross as Colin works to unearth the local smuggling ring and Annabelle takes her place in high society. Could Colin have been telling the truth? And will her aunt listen when Annabelle voices her concerns? Or will she send Annabelle back to Fellsworth and away from the life . . . and man she has come to love?
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|Poor orphans . . . Jun 2, 2017|
|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 to interact with them. 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
|Lovely Story Aug 10, 2016|
|This story grew on me as I read more and more. Imagine being at a boarding school, both parents dead, and looking out for the welfare of a younger half sister. All you really had to look forward to was teaching and being a governess if the opportunity arose. That's exactly where Isabel found herself.|
Then she learned of an aunt she didn't remember, who sent for her to come and live with her at a lavish estate. This estate had acquired much debt, which the aunt seemed to overlook. She still spent money like there was no tomorrow. The aunt seemed so cold and unloving whereas her husband, the uncle was just the opposite. Although he was encouraging to Isabel to find a suitable husband to take the burden of the extra expense from their situation.
Lots of mystery and intrigue seemed to be hidden deep within the Emberwilde Forest, just past the estates grounds. Rumors of sickness, ghosts and death kept wanderers from setting their feet inside the forest. Smugglers also seemed to be using the forest for evil.
Isabel's aunt also is keeping secrets of her own. How will they eventually affect Isabel and her sister?
She also has two suitors vying for her attention. Romance is on the horizon.
This story had enough humanism, mystery and intrigue to keep me glued to the pages. All the elements of the whole story seemed disjointed but came together in the end to tie everything together. Wonderful storytelling by Sarah Ladd.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Fiction Guild for my honest opinion which I have given.
|Really liked the characters' motivation Jul 24, 2016|
| Isabel is moved form one extreme social environment to another when she is suddenly informed of q family she had never known. Considering her life up to the point of the novel, I believe that she handled this well; putting her sister's need for home and security above her desire to control her life. I enjoyed reading from the perspective of a heroine whose driving motivation was that of love for her sister rather than for independence or personal security.|
I also enjoyed Colin's perspective, as it was his scenes that contained most of the intrigue of the story. He had a sense of duty that complimented Isabel's well, along his respect of her beyond her family wealth and connections. However, though I liked them together, I also felt as though their relationship progressed rather quickly instead of over a greater period of time.
The description does not mention it, but one of the main conflicts is the domineering way Isabel's aunt tries to control her life. Personally, I found this to be a bit irritating as I would have put my foot down far sooner than Isabel did. I might have understood it better if there are had been a stronger relationship between her and any of the family or she had no other option, but since she was capable of teaching and enjoyed work I found it hard to accept her reasons for putting up with her aunt's control.
I received this book through the Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review.
|Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd Jul 15, 2016|
|Dawn of Emberwilde is a fascinating Regency (a genre I love reading) novel that captured me from the first page and kept me turning the pages. Readers are thrust back to 1817 Surrey, England among grandiose estates, beautiful and picturesque English country-side landscapes, a mysterious forest and intriguing characters.|
I really like Isabel and Lizzie and feel Isabel is much stronger than she realizes. Soon she must rely on that strength and her faith as she adjusts to her new home, the restrictions and ultimately her freedom in a way she had not envisioned. I so wanted her to stand up to her demanding, controlling aunt and follow her heart—in matters of the heart at least. She was being pushed toward a supposed gentleman, a man she did not care for the more she got to know him and one I did not like at all. He is not as perfect and charming as he pretends to be—in fact there is something he is hiding, something not good—possibly evil.
Colin Galloway, magistrate of the area is a likable gentleman and soon became a favorite character along with Isabel. He is a kind, gentle, honorable, godly man, and cares for those in the community and I found him to be perfect for Isabel—despite her aunt's feelings toward him. I was hoping Isabel would be attracted to him and not allow her aunt's influence in her future husband and life prevent her from seeing his true character.
Isabel's aunt is another character that is not what she appears to be. She is overbearing with harsh restrictions and demands her own way in everything...without question. She had an ulterior motive for inviting Isabel to her grand home. I wasn't sure what to make of Isabel's cousin Constance. She seemed to want to be friends with Isabel but went along seemingly placidly with her mother's wishes and plans. Is she really as calm as she appears?
There are many secondary characters that are delightful and brought much to the story. I like how the spiritual elements are subtle—evident more in behavior in everyday life, seeking God's will and guidance in their lives. There are some surprise twists in the story-line, dangerous situations, greed, joy, laughter, tears, finding ones true value, trusting God's will, romance, mystery, love and faith. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the era, I almost felt as if I was part of this captivating story.
~I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild, this is my honest review~
|Historical Magic on Paper! Jul 2, 2016|
|Jane Austen lovers will adore this beautiful tale of love, adventure, and trust. Written with stunningly accurate historical detail and woven with suspense, I fell in love from the first page on!|
Colin is the very best kind of hero. Strong, sure, honest, kind, brave, honorable…the knight in shining armor descriptors go on and on. Add in a pair of beautiful and confused sisters, a couple of suitors, and a bucketful of romance and suspense, and let the adventures begin!
While Dawn at Emberwilde is the second book in the Treasures of Surrey series, it is read as a stand alone. Find out for yourself what a treasure it is!
Don’t believe that this is something even the youngest of “chapter book readers” can dig into? Check out the thoughts of my 13-year-old sister! She normally hates reading books she considers too “mature for a teenager”,not so this time:
” This book is absolutely captivating, and has you hanging on to every word with a dream of what the characters are like!! I adore this book and would read it again in a heartbeat…”
I give Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd…
*I received this book from Litfuse, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
|Serves well as a stand alone Jun 29, 2016|
|Dawn at Emberwilde, is the second book in the Treasures of Surrey series, by Sarah E. Ladd, but it serves as a stand-alone. I love it when I can peek into the middle of a series and not feel lost.|
Young Isabel Creston is a trustworthy, willful, and interesting character, and she took me on a journey to another place and time. She’s multi-layered and I cared about her and what she was going through. (I easily related to many facets of her.) I’m not a huge Regency reader, but I loved getting sucked into this one.
This multidimensional story of romance and mystery keeps the pacing of this story going strong, though I wish the romance between Isabel and Collin went a little deeper and felt more authentic. It was enough to keep me reading, but I would’ve liked a little more passion, rather than attraction.
Loaded with history and mystery, this light romance has me itching to read the other books in the series. Sarah Ladd is a unique and intriguing writer. I really like her storytelling style. Gorgeous cover art, characters, and story.
I received a Review Copy from BookLook.
|Historical Fiction, Mystery, Suspense And Romance Jun 15, 2016|
|Sarah E. Ladd in her new book “Dawn at Emberwilde” Book Two in the Treasures of Surrey series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Isabel Creston.|
From the back cover: 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 yet unexciting role as a teacher at the school, a safe yet stifling establishment that would provide her a steady environment to care for her younger sister Lizzie, who was left in her care after her father’s death.
The unexpected arrival of a striking 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 mysterious rumors and ominous folklore—along with whispers of something far more sinister. And 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 has given us Historical Fiction that is so well written that you start to forget it is fiction as these characters come alive. Isabel, Mr. Bradford and Colin are amazing and the rest of the cast will draw you intensely into their world. Ms. Ladd has given us history, mystery, suspense and romance. Great characters, great plot with plenty of twists and turns equals a great read. I am so looking forward to the next book from this very talented author.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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.”
|A lovely romance with mystery and intrigue! Jun 14, 2016|
|I really enjoyed this new book from Sarah E. Ladd! It has just enough mystery and intrigue to keep you guessing and a lovely dose of romance to warm your heart. :)|
I really like how the mystery and the romance unfolded in this book. There was enough suspense to keep your attention throughout the book with a satisfactory conclusion. And the romance of two handsome yet vastly different men attracting Isabel's attention was well done. You felt the ease of the attraction to the mysterious Mr. Bradford yet you also feel the draw to the steadiness and character of the handsome Mr. Galloway.
I also enjoyed the supporting characters. Isabel's sister Lizzie had a fun personality and helped relieve some of the somberness in several situations. Isabel's cousin Constance was, for the most part, a real help and friend to Isabel in the new world she found herself in. Mr. Galloway's big, burly, friend and co-worker, McKinney, was fun to imagine. And his cousin, Henry, was a good support to him also.
All in all, this book is very well written with a gentle pace that will be easy to follow and very enjoyable. Oh, and I can't forget the setting! The description of the countryside and the Emberwilde forest makes you want to live there! :)
*Thanks to Litfuse and the publisher for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*
|Very Enjoyable Jun 13, 2016|
|What a very enjoyable and beautiful story this was! I found it interesting to watch as Isabel and her younger sister, Lizzie, were thrust into a lifestyle unlike any they had ever experienced. The author did a good job of showing the benefits, as well as the burdens that this brought for both young women.|
I thought that the developing romantic feelings between the main characters was very nicely done, in spite of an interfering aunt and a pushy suitor. The mysterious and dangerous forest added for plenty of tense situations and I enjoyed watching as Colin and his friends tried to determine who was behind the criminal activity in the area.
I loved the way the author tied up the loose ends in the last few chapters of this novel. It left me with a happy feeling. Although this is the second book in the Treasures of Surrey series, it is a stand alone novel.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
|A Gothic Regency with Mystery Jun 8, 2016|
|Dawn at Emberwilde was a delightful regency romance with a touch of gothic and mystery thrown in for good measure. This is the first book I have read by author Sarah E. Ladd and I do believe that I have been missing out. Isabel Creston has been orphaned and left at the Fellsworth School teaching other students and hoping to be a governess one day. She also has the added responsibility of caring for her 8 year old half-sister Lizzie. Then one day her world is turned upside down as she soon discovers that she has family who has been looking for her for years. She and Lizzie travel to the Emberwilde estate to now begin a new chapter in their lives.|
Cautiously optimistic and unsure, Isabel meets her long lost Aunt, Uncle, and Cousin. But all is not as it seems, and there is definitely something secretive going on. Her Aunt, at first taken aback by the addition of her little sister, has decided to make both into ladies that they should be and the ultimate gain would be a marriage proposal. Enter two mysterious suitors that both seem to be hiding something or other that makes poor Isabel unsure she made the right decision in coming to live with her relatives.
I really enjoyed this book and like Isabel, was unsure of whom to trust and what was really going on. Like her the Emberwilde forest drew me in at it was intriguing and mysterious and I would also want to know my family secrets, especially those pertaining to my late mother. This book keeps you on your toes by all the twists and turns it takes and a hint of creepiness in the surrounding forest.
My thanks go to Litfuse Publicity and TNZ Fiction Guild for providing me with a copy for a review. All opinions are my own honest ones.
|Wonderful Story! May 31, 2016|
|"My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up." |
Isabel Creston's life takes an unexpected turn when she receives the news that an estranged aunt is offering her a home and all the benefits of a privileged lifestyle. Having lived most of her life at the Fellsworth School, benefiting from the charity of others, Isabel dares to hope for a brighter future for herself and her little sister, Lizzie.
Arriving at the grand Emberwilde estate curiously breeds a sense of unease; an aura of family secrets surrounds the vast property and societal expectations effectively suffocate the freedom that Isabel so desperately craves. When two handsome men vie for Isabel's personal attention, she is faced with a dangerous choice. Only one can truly hold the key to her heart, while the other may not be at all who he declares himself to be.
Sarah Ladd's books just keep getting better and better. "The Dawn of Emberwilde" is an inspiring story of faith and determination, expertly woven with suspenseful romance.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
|Sweet romance sprinkled with mystery! May 18, 2016|
|Oh my goodness, this was so intriguing! I loved the perfect sprinkling of romance and mystery in a wonderfully woven story. You have two men thrown into the mix where you aren’t quite sure who the end hero will be! Isabel’s life is changed completely when her aunt and uncle find her and bring her into their posh life. Things sure don’t seem right, though. The mystery of the woods and the scary stories told about it keep it a page turner. Great secondary characters who add depth to the story. The author writes in a way so you feel what the characters are feeling and want them to have their happy ending. I loved the mystery, secrets, intrigue and romance of it all. This is a fantastic author!|
|Mystery, suspense and romance...excellent! May 16, 2016|
Isabel and Lizzie Creston have been students at Fellsworth School for many years until recently. Plucked from the only life they have known for the past years, the girls soon find themselves living with their unknown relatives. As her tidy, controlled, repressed world expands into an unpredictable and unfamiliar way of life, Isabel soon learns the truth of her past which may hold the key to her uncertain future. Mysterious woods, interesting suitors, a predominant relative and matters of the heart all combine and clash in Dawn at Emberwilde…
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a favorite author, Sarah E. Ladd is definitely on my must-read-list. Having read the first book in the series, The Curiosity Keeper, I grabbed the chance to read her newest novel, Dawn at Emberwilde, without hesitation. Though not a continuation of the previous novel, the similarity of the school joined the stories together, as well as the style of writing. Taking but a few pages to embrace the current characters, the pages soon turned quickly as the mystery and suspense built. My only regret? Waiting until spring of next year for the third book of the series, A Stranger at Fellsworth…
5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of Dawn at Emberwilde from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*
|Dawn at Emberwilde May 13, 2016|
|Dawn at Emberwilde is the second installment from the Treasures of Surrey series. It is fabulous! This is my favorite book by this author to date.|
|Sweet ending! May 11, 2016|
|Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd is the second book in the Treasures of Surrey series. Isabel Creston is twenty-years-old and a junior teacher at the Fellsworth School. Isabel has been at the Fellsworth School since she was seven years old (after her mother died). Two years ago, Isabel’s step-sister, Lizzie arrived after their father passed away (the step-mother did not want Isabel around). Isabel is now Lizzie’s guardian. Isabel is called into Mr. Langsby’s office (the school superintendent) to meet Mr. Edmund Bradford. Mr. Bradford is at the school on behalf of Margaret Ellison, Isabel’s aunt (on her mother’s side). They wish to open their home to Isabel (under any conditions which is good news for Lizzie). Isabel does not really wish to leave the Fellsworth School. It may not be ideal, but it is all she knows. Unfortunately, Mr. Langsby does not give her a choice. If Isabel does not accept her aunt’s offer, she will be thrown out (along with Lizzie). So off they go to Emberwilde (the Ellison estate). This presents new opportunities for Isabel. She can now marry and have a family of her own. Her Aunt Margaret is not thrilled with Lizzie’s arrival (too bad). Aunt Margaret immediately orders new dresses for the two of them and starts organizing Isabel’s entrance to society. Aunt Margaret particularly praises Mr. Bradford and his work with the foundling home in Northrop. |
Colin Galloway is the local magistrate for Northrup. He owns Darbenton Court (a nearby estate) and is also a lawyer. Colin is a friend of Charles Ellison (Margaret’s husband). Margaret cannot stand having him around. She feels that Colin lead Freddie (their son) to his death (died during the war). Margaret makes sure to criticize Isabel whenever she talks or looks at Colin (odd behavior from Aunt Margaret). Colin is busy investigating smuggling going on in Emberwilde Forest. Smuggling has been a serious problem lately and Colin is determined to catch the culprits. Aunt Margaret keeps pushing Mr. Bradford encouraging his interest until he proposes. But, Isabel does not trust Mr. Bradford. What happens when Isabel turns down Mr. Bradford? Why is Aunt Margaret determined to wed Isabel off to him? Who is behind the smuggling? You will have to read Dawn at Emberwilde to find out.
Dawn at Emberwilde is a lovely, Christian romance novel. I liked the characters and the setting. There seemed to be a lack of chemistry (between Colin and Isabel) for the romance portion of the book (you could tell they liked each other, but that was about it). I enjoyed the two mysteries (I cannot help that I love puzzles), but they were simple and easy to figure out (good addition to the story though). It is an easy book to read (and well written) and can be finished in a few hours. The pace is a wee bit slow (for the first 200 or so pages) and it was hard to get into this story. This is one of those books that I read and liked, but I was never fully drawn into the novel. I give Dawn at Emberwilde 4 out of 5 stars. Dawn at Emberwilde has a sweet ending (things happen quickly at the end of the book) that will make you smile (who doesn’t love a happy ending even if it is predictable). I will be reading more of Sarah E. Ladd’s books in the future.
I received a complimentary copy of Dawn at Emberwilde from NetGalley, BookLook Bloggers, and the author in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
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