Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.
Cornwall, England, 1811
Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget.
Jac Trethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.
Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.
Set in Regency England this story has plenty to enjoy. A Mystery to solve, danger lurking around the corners, and a tender thread of romance. For those who love Jayne Eyre, and works of Jane Austen, this new story from Sarah Ladd is sure to bring you page-turning enjoyment.
Cordelia (Delia) has a shadowed past, a heartbreak that weighs heavy and marks her decisions for the future. She has a tender heart and shows a mothers’ love for the five young charges in her care. But when her past begins to catch up with her, and truths long are hidden become known, will the future she hoped for crumble to ash or be reborn with a new future, one that she didn’t even dare dream of?
I enjoyed the story, and I found the characters to be believable and likable, yet for some reason, I just couldn’t connect with them. I would have liked to have been given a few more breadcrumbs to piece together the mystery of Delia’s past a little sooner. I felt like by withholding her back story for as long as it was, that it prevented me to connect with her as I would have liked.
The mystery kept me engaged and turning pages to find out what would happen next. I appreciated the historical aspects of the story. A poignant reminder that even despite our grief and fear, our faith in God will carry us through the darkest of days. For those who love stories set in Regency England, this story is one you won’t want to miss.
(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)
About the Author:
Sarah E. Ladd has always loved the Regency period — the clothes, the music, the literature and the art. A college trip to England and Scotland confirmed her interest in the time period and gave her idea of what life would’ve looked like in era. It wasn’t until 2010 that Ladd began writing seriously. Shortly after, Ladd released the first book in the Whispers on the Moors series. Book one of the series, The Heiress of Winterwood, was the recipient of the 2011 ACFW Genesis Award for historical romance. Ladd also has more than ten years of marketing experience. She holds degrees in public relations and marketing and lives in Indiana with her family and spunky Golden Retriever. You can connect with Sarah E. Ladd at the following locations.
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The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall #1)
Coming in January 2020
The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Cornwall #2)