About the Book
Book: The Governess of Penwythe Hall
Author: Sarah Ladd
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: April 16, 2019
In the first of a new series from beloved Regency romance author, Sarah Ladd, Delia, a governess to five recently orphaned children, would risk anything to protect them . . . even her heart.
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 Twethewey 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.
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This book captivated me from the very beginning. Not only the beautiful cover, (but that definitely adds a lot….) but also the first several pages.
Delia, our charming heroine, loses her husband after only a few years of marriage. Hated by her in-laws, they order her to leave and never return. This is only the prologue.
Next, we find her as a governess caring for some delightful young charges, when their father dies. Now she is somewhat left as the responsible person in charge. She is tasked with going with them as they move to live with their uncle (who is mostly an unknown personage to them), and helping to make this transition as smooth as possible. Because she was also orphaned at a young age, she is an excellent candidate for this position and can sympathize with them.
The uncle, Jac, had not received the letter notifying him of his brother’s death, and subsequent arrival of his nephews and nieces, so he is totally not expecting them.
Set in a lovely setting, 1800s England, the author does a superb job at bringing it’s beauty to life.
I love reading about those early years in history, and found this book an excellent way to be able to picture those picturesque days of England.
There is also a bit of mystery involved…what had happened that caused Delia’s in-laws to despise her? What secret is she hiding?
If you enjoy historical fiction, you won’t want to miss it!
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About the Author
Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at SarahLadd.com; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.
More About The Governess of Penwythe Hall
5 things to know about Cornwall, England:
- Throughout its early history, Cornwall’s inhabitants called the country Kernow.
- Early inhabitants largely spoke their own language known as “Cornish,” which became nearly extinct in the 1800s
- The country has a long and rugged coastline and there were frequent shipwrecks.
- Fishing was a major industry, with herring, mackerel, and sardines being common catches.
- In 1870, novelist and poet Thomas Hardy called Cornwall “the region of dream and mystery.”
Imagine yourself in The Governess of Penwythe Hall with these pictures of 19th Century life in Cornwall
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