About: 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.
My Rating: 4 stars.
My Recommendation: 16 up.
My Favorite Character/s: Liam, he was just so sweet, sad, hurt, grieved, and angry. He’s such a sweet kid and I just wanted to hug him as he learned how to cope with everything that was going on around him. And that he wanted to protect his siblings was so sweet!
My Verse for Liam is Psalm 27:10
When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. (King James Version.)
Then there are the other kids and Cordelia and Jac, who were quite interesting, it’s just that Liam is my favorite of them.
Slight spoilers (though barely above mentionable.)
My Thoughts: First, this cover is sooooooooooooo pretty and perfect for the book! I loved the whole book and the historical feel of the story was so spot on and interesting. Even though it started off with a sad note the sweet ending was worth the sad beginnings, of the story and characters. And let me say: the betrayal was somewhat surprising and yet not. 😉 If you like a story with a bit of dare I say smuggling, you’ll love this one!
Warnings: Nothing much … 16 up though for romance, and there are some crimes committed though not the main characters.
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