"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."
- Wonderful narrator for a great book
Well, since I'm reviewing the audio version of Dawn at Emberwilde, I thought I'd say right off the bat that the narrator is amazing. I enjoyed listening to her British accent, including throwing in different accents from other regions. Her performance was flawless, in my estimation.
Sara Ladd's writing is pretty amazing too. Love the story, love the characters, kept my interest all the way through, which rarely happens.
Isabel and her young half sister, Lizzie, have been living at a boarding school for many years, and they are still there even though their parents are no longer alive. Isabel is a teacher in training and recently finds out she has an aunt she never knew about, who wants her to come and live with her. Both Lizzie and Isabel's lives change once they move into Emberwilde. For the first time they experience wealth, opulence, high society and all the trappings that come with it.
Isabel's aunt seems determined to find her a good match so she can marry well. In the meantime she's teaching Lizzie how to be a proper young lady so she too can marry well.
Isabel has always considered love the best reason for marrying, but her aunt's reasons have more to do with continuance of wealth. There are two men in her life now, one of her aunt's choosing, the other is considered an inappropriate match, according to her aunt, as he's merely a constable, and she despises him for something in their past. Did I mention he's young handsome?
Secrets, underhanded goings-on, plots behind her back....so many things happening in this story that you'll just love it.
- Wonderful read
Sarah Ladd never disappoints. A wonderful read.
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