The Cornwall Novels #1
Thomas Nelson, April 16 2019, 354 Pages
Print, Ebook and Audio
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.
My Rating : ⭐⭐⭐
an established Sarah Ladd fan, so requesting this book was a given. Mrs
Ladd has branched out with a new series set in Devon, which is becoming
a very popular setting for Regency novels, thanks to the Poldark
This delivers a lot of what readers have come to expect
in Cornish novels: with smugglers, intrigue and some stunning, dramatic
The hero Jac was a stereotypical grumpy and reclusive
relative, who suddenly has the children of his long estranged brother
come and live with him, which comprises most of the action in the book
with money struggles and family drama, as well as some hilarious faux
pas by the children whom Jac grows to love. In
one passage, one of the little girls suggests they 'should listen
harder' when eavesdropping on adults, before being chided by her older
sister that it is unladylike behaviour.
Delia provides vague shades of Jane Eyre a governess with unexpected local connections and something of a shady past.
there were the six young charges of Delia. Child characters always
bring a refreshing, honest and often funny view of unfolding events.
All of the characters have
to learn lessons in trust and love whilst facing circumstances that
could either drive the unconventional family apart, or bring them closer
The romance in this book was slow-burning, and most
of the book went by at an easy pace, which allowed for more character
development. The only reasons my lower rating were that there were quite
a few Americanisms and phrases that came across as clunky and
unnatural. For example, at one point a character says the children are
"well cared after". Shouldn't that be "cared for" or "looked after"?
ending also came across as a little but rushed perhaps a little
far-fetched. On a couple of occasions I also found it hard to keep up
with some of the characters. I think there were too many minor
characters with walk on roles, and it could become confusing to remember
all their names and relationships to the main characters.
of this really puts me off this author, or the book to a great extent.
Its still a good book which makes good use of the setting, its just not
my favourite. I think I preferred The Weaver's Daughter. Lovers of
Regency fiction and Poldark fans should enjoy it.
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