Dawn at Emberwilde is a mysterious tale of family and love and the unknown, and a little danger, too. In the English countryside, Isabel is content with her life as a teacher at Fellsworth School and as guardian to her young sister, Lizzie. She doesn’t expect much more from her future – until a stranger brings tidings of a family Isabel never knew about and the chance for more.
Isabel and her sister leave the familiar confines of the boarding school for Emberwilde, home to the extended family they’ve never met. There, they find mystery and whispered secrets and danger, and Isabel also discovers love. She’ll have to dig beyond the superficial to figure out what is real, and she’ll have to learn to trust someone other than herself.
This novel is full of intrigue, which I didn’t expect from a book billed as historical inspirational fiction. Isabel has to determine the truth behind years of secrets while living amongst the secret keepers. Add in a rambunctious little sister, an unknown danger, and new suitors with their own agendas, and Isabel will need all the strength and faith she can muster to succeed.
I enjoyed Ladd’s latest story of historical England and the glimpse into the past. Reading historical fiction is much more fun than reading a history text! (And on a side note, the cover is beautiful!)
My rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Sarah E. Ladd’s novels; readers who love history and mystery meshed with faith and romance
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.