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.
I really enjoyed this story. It felt light and not heavy. It had some mystery and a great story line but without being too involved. The characters are well developed and I really wanted the story to continue. You easily fall in love with the characters of Isabel and Lizzie and their situation.
It’s not like any of the other stories that I have read from this era which is refreshing. And yet it has that familiarity that you have as if you are hanging out with a good friend. So you will definitely love this story.
I think the cover reflects well on the story and that is one thing that drew my attention to this book. I know the saying that “you can’t judge a book by its cover” and as that is true a good cover can offer a glimpse into the story within. For me that helps to draw me into it.
This would make a great weekend read and I highly recommend you pick it up here.
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