Sarah Ladd has become one of my go to authors – where I know I’ll enjoy the time I spend reading her story and connect with the characters and wish I was in England. England really does has an unfair advantage on America ;).
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.
While I enjoyed reading about Isabel and Lizzie and their adventures in Emberwilde, this one wasn’t one of my favorites. I think in part because I LOVED the first in this series, The Curiosity Keeper. I liked the story, but I wasn’t surprised by some of the plot lines. But, since I do love her writing style and all things English, I still enjoyed the read.
I thought Isabel was a strong lead and her love of her sister was endearing and sweet. I love a good sister friendship/relationship. Early on, readers are able to root for the right guy and seeing their relationship develop was done well also.
If you enjoy inspirational fiction and stories of England, Sarah E. Ladd is one worth checking out! I will say, I am fully looking forward to the final in the Treasures of Surrey Series!
Have you read anything by Sarah Ladd? Do you have a favorite?
(Thank you to Litfuse and Thomas Nelson for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)