Wednesday, June 1, 2016

"Dawn at Emberwilde" by Sarah E. Ladd

About this book:

  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.”

Series: Book #2 in the “Treasures of Surrey” series. (Review of Book #1 Here!) {The books are not connecting at all. Safe to read as stand-alones}

Spiritual Content- A couple Scriptures are read & mentioned; A few mentions of church services & church going; A couple mentions of prayers; A mention of a divine plan;
*Note: Mentions of ghosts, a curse and a haunted forest; A few mentions of goddesses & Greek mythology.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: an ‘Egad’ and a ‘what in blazes’; A bit of sarcasm; Fighting & Pain (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions casks (full of alcohol) & criminal activities (smuggling said alcohol); Mentions of drinking & alcohol; Mentions of gambling, blood, fighting, boxing matches & knives (barely-above-not-detailed); A few mentions of deaths & battles; A few mentions of hunters & traps; A mention of a dead animal stench; A mention of gossips.

Sexual Content- two forehead kisses, a not-detailed kiss and two semi-detailed kisses; Touches & Warmth (barely-above-not-detailed); Quite a bit of Noticing & Smelling (up to semi-detailed); A couple mentions of kissing; A couple mentions of a wet nurse; A few mentions of curves & low bodices; A few mentions of being alone with the opposite gender & reputations; A few mentions of an intimate rendezvous; A few mentions of mentions of betrayal & having feelings for someone; Love, falling in love & the emotions. 

-Isabel Creston, age 20
-Colin Galloway
                                        P.O.V. switches between them
                                              Set in 1817
                                                        330 pages

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My personal Rating-
You’ll notice that there isn’t much content noted in this review. While that can be good for the Negative & Sexual Contents (less words = normally cleaner), it’s not the best thing for a Christian book to not have much Spiritual Content. I personally found that department lacking in this book, with no real mentions of faiths or God…only a couple Scriptures are read. I would have liked some more faith parts. I saw quite a few parts where Isabel or Colin could have prayed, but, sadly, didn’t. Three stars means that “I liked this book”, so yes, I did like this book, but it was really light and easy to read. Nothing really stood out to me while reading it. It was a cute romance, but the back-cover made me feel like there would be a love-triangle, but when one of those men are POV characters, it’s not really much of a love-triangle. I liked Isabel & Lizzy and enjoyed the sister moments between them. I might read the next book in the series when it releases in Spring of 2017, but it will depend on the story-line.

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Thomas Nelson) for this honest review.

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