I recently finished reading Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E. Ladd. All I can say is, “Wow.” Where do I begin? This book was so utterly charming I could not put it down. Isabel is such a loveable, honest character that you can’t help rooting for her happiness. Not only is she loveable, she is also very relatable. I found there were times when I was almost looking into a mirror when Isabel thought about her insecurities and hopes. In a way, Isabel reminds me a great deal of Fanny Price from Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. And let me tell you, that is high praise coming from me, as I adore Mansfield Park and its characters. The plot also had a level of calm mystique– it subtly left you wanting more and dying to know its outcome. Bottom line: I cannot recommend this book more highly. If you ever wished that Jane Austen wrote more books, then fear not. Sarah E. Ladd has flawlessly continued her legacy. I received this book from the publisher/author in exchange for my fair and honest review.