Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Dawn at Emberwilde

GIVEAWAY

LADD, SARAH E.
DAWN AT EMBERWILDE

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 o 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 relocated to Emberwilde, a srawling estate adjacent to a vast, mysterious wood rife with rumours 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.

My Review:

Following in the exquisite tradition of Austen and Bronte, Sarah E. Ladd has created an enticing Regency romance with a bit of a Gothic flare. An orphan heroine who suddenly finds herself with an estranged family, an ancestral home steeped in mystery and two men to complicate her life. A tale told in such delightful prose it begs to be read aloud.

I devoured this book in one day. Shivering in delight when a certain gentleman appeared on the page. Shuddering with disdain when another dared make an appearance. There are plenty of twists and turns in the plot as Isabel is led through a maze of subterfuge and betrayal before all becomes clear. Just the kind of thing for a cool rainy day read.

A subtle faith thread comes courtesy of Isabel's Fellsworth School friend, Mary.  "Remember, with each dawn seek guidance, and with each night give gratitude. For there is a divine plan for each of our lives, and a journey, and you have started yours." p.58 I love Mary for those words of counsel and I'm pretty sure that she will be the heroine in the next Treasures of Surrey novel. I'm really looking forward to getting to know her better.

A captivating read that's sure to delight Regency and Gothic fans alike.

My thanks to Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me with a copy of this book.


GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Dawn at Emberwilde please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 12 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

47 comments:

  1. Yay for any darker (I mean Gothic :)) romance!
    This sounds like a book exactly my alley.
    And the cover is very inspirative for any adventure-oriented thoughts.

    Count me in, please.

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. The cover is intriguing, isn't it? Good luck, Janka.

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  2. I have really enjoyed Sarah's books. This one looks so good. I'm excited to read it!!!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I love her writing style as well. Good luck, Kate.

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  3. Sounds intriguing. Count me in, Kav! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. You're counted, Cheryl. Good luck.

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  4. I love the quote from the book. I am also curious about the two men who caught your attention in the review. I am adding this one to my TBR list. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. You're welcome, Loraine. Good luck.

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  5. Great review! I've only read one Sarah Ladd book but I really enjoyed it. Would love to read this one!
    Blessings!
    Jasmine
    montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Jasmine. She's an amazing writer. Good luck.

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  6. Love your review! Thank you, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  7. Yay! I love this author, and really enjoyed Book 1 in the series. Are the stories connected at all with the characters, or do they just take place in the same area?
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. They just take place in the same area. You'll love this book too. Good luck, Nicole.

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  8. Beautiful cover! I would love to read one of Sarah's books=)

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. I love Sarah's books and would love a chance to read Dawn at Emberwilde! Thanks for sharing with us! mylittlebirdie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. What's not to love, right? Good luck, Karen.

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  10. Great review, Kav! Sarah is a new-to-me author.
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Caryl. You must check Sarah out. Good luck!

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  11. I really enjoyed Sarah's other books. I'm looking forward to reading Dawn at Emberwilde. Thanks for the chance to win it.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. You're welcome, Pam. Good luck.

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  12. DAWN AT EMBERWILDE sounds like a great story. I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the review and for offering a copy.
    Blessings,
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It is so awesome! Good luck, Kay.

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  13. I have this one on my wish list. It sounds like just the kind of book I really enjoy. Thanks so much for the review!
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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  14. Intriguing! Your review put it on my list! betherin02 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. It belongs on everyone's list, I think. :-) Good luck, Beth Erin.

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  15. Please enter me. Sarah writes a different style novel but I have always enjoyed them. Thanks!

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. I love her work too. Good luck, Charity.

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  16. I need to add this one to my list of ones to read asap. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. looks wonderful! Thanks for the review. truckredford(at)Gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Eliza. Good luck.

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  18. I can't wait to read this! Thank you for putting up this giveaway!
    J.C. -Indiana-

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    1. It's a book to be anticipated. Good luck, J.C.

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  19. I always enjoy books set in England. The rolling English country side sounds so pretty.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I know -- and living in an English manor with servants sounds divine as well. More time to read. :-) Good luck rubynreba.

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  20. Yay! I've been wanting to read this series! Thanks for doing the giveaway!
    rosebudsinjune at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Deborah. Good luck.

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  21. I love a good gothic novel! This one sounds great and Ladd is a wonderful author. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  22. Wonderful story line!! Please enter my name, Kav - thank you so much!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're entered, Bonnie. Good luck.

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  23. I love this author and would love to read this.
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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