The Governess of Penwythe Hall

The Governess of Penwythe Hall

by Sarah E. Ladd


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Launching a brand-new series, beloved Regency author Sarah E. Ladd shares the tale of a governess who would risk anything to protect five recently orphaned children—even if it means returning to Cornwall.

“Absolutely captivating! Once I started reading, I couldn’t put down The Governess of Penwythe Hall. This blend of Jane Eyre, Jane Austen, and Jamaica Inn has it all. Intrigue. Danger. Poignant moments. And best of all a sweet, sweet love story. This is by far my favorite Sarah Ladd book. Don’t hesitate to snatch up this title!” —Michelle Griep, Christy Award–winning author of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series

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 for her 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’s tried 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, he battles both grief at his 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 series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.

“Brimming with dangerous secrets, rich characters, and the hauntingly beautiful descriptions Sarah Ladd handles so well, 1800s Cornwall is brought vividly to life in this well-crafted tale that kept me glued to the pages. What a brilliant start to a new series!” —Abigail Wilson, author of In the Shadow of Croft Towers

The Governess of Penwythe Hall is a delightful and emotionally gripping tale that will tick all the boxes for any Regency lover: romance, history, and enough unpredictable intrigue to keep you up past your bedtime.” —Kristi Ann Hunter, author of A Defense of Honor

“Lovers of sweet and Christian romance alike will fall in love with Delia’s strength amid the haunting backdrop of her tragic past and the Cornish coast. Throw in a handsome leading man willing to turn his life upside down for the children in Delia’s charge, and you have a story you can’t put down.” —Josi S. Kilpack, Whiney Award–winning author of the Mayfield Family series

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785223160
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Series: Cornwall Novels Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 42,740
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.

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The Governess of Penwythe Hall 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
BBulow 21 days ago
In The Governess of Penwythe Hall, Ladd’s trademark handling of setting, characters, and romance are back in full force. The harsh landscape of Cornwall comes to life, complete with its dramatic coastline and the seemingly endless moors. This is just the place that widow and governess Delia Greythorne is forced back to after the death of her employer. Cornwall, a place of heartache for her, might hold the keys to moving on with her life, if she can combat dangers arising from her past. After a slow start, it was hard for me to put this one down. The plot builds nicely, each element building on another to create an entertaining read. Delia is a strong character, but not unrealistically so. She is fully aware of her position in the world, but still retains her dignity. One of my favorite parts of the story is the blossoming relationship between Jac Tretheway, Penwythe Hall’s owner, and the orphaned children. His priorities must shift, and I enjoyed his shift from duty to love. This is a lovely opening to Sarah E. Ladd’s new series, and I eagerly await The Thief of Lanwyn Manor’s release in 2020. Recommended to fans of historical romance with a healthy dose of intrigue and a dash of suspense. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This review is my honest opinion.
Kristen_Gwen_Johnson 7 days ago
The Governess of Penwythe Hall follows the story of Delia Greythorne as she is kicked out of her late husband’s family home and must find a way to support herself. She becomes the governess of the five Twethewey children who are soon orphaned and are sent to live with their Uncle Jac. Jac Twethewey wants nothing more than to prove to everyone that he can manage the orchard property of Penwythe Hall well enough to not let it sink into its debts. He gets the surprise of his life when five children, a governess, and a tutor appear at his doorstep. What he wasn’t prepared for was how they would change his life in unseen and wonderful ways. But not all is wonderful as secrets long held are slowly revealed and unscrupulous characters come to get what they think is theirs from Delia. She must do what she never thought she would do in order to save the people she loves. This book was delightful from beginning to the exciting conclusion, and you won’t want to stop reading until you know how it all turns out. Delia and Jac are delightful characters, and I appreciated that the children weren’t just scene dressing. They very much moved and affected the plot. The character I liked the best was Delia. She is such a sympathetic character, often pulled this way and that, as women were in that time. However, she is strong and often puts her foot down when it comes to the good of the children and her own independence. The character I liked the least was Mr. Simons, the boy’s tutor. He’s a rat and you’ll have to read the book to find out what he did. Ms. Ladd’s writing is beautiful, easy to read, and carried me along with the story until the very end. One of my favorite quotes is: “Memories, like strikes of summer lightning, flashed and blinded.” As I read, I felt like I was watching good friends go through hard times, and I wanted nothing more than to see everything turn out for them. Her descriptions of the settings were such that it made me want to fly on over to England to stay at Penwythe Hall, wander through the orchards, and visit the sea with Sophy. I’m looking forward to Ms. Ladd’s next book, The Thief of Lanwyn Manor, which follows one of the children from Penwythe Hall as a young woman. If you enjoy Regency romances, I highly recommend Sarah E. Ladd. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Domus Ardet 11 days ago
(4 stars) - a healthy dose of excitement & suspense I loved Jane Eyre, but as I've gotten older and stress has increased my fatigue & anxiety levels, I tend to read more lighthearted fare. Still, the description of this book caught my interest, & having noted the popularity of Sarah Ladd for some time, I was eager to explore her work for myself. Ladd is excellent with describing settings and building atmosphere. The story is moody and suspenseful, but not heavy handed - it has an almost Gothic flavor to it but without that feeling of impending horror lurking about. As I read, I couldn't help thinking it's a bit like "Jane Eyre" meets "The Sound of Music", lol. The character depictions are also well done and it's easy for the reader to become invested in the story. I took to Delia right away, though I did find myself a bit annoyed at one point at what seemed like an inconsistency in her character as she vacillated from almost coweringly fearful at times to determined to stand up to her fears and be strong, and then she's cowering again. And then Thomas Greythorne is a terror not to be trusted but then she's going to stand up to him and expects to walk away without any difficulty. My guess is that the author was trying to depict Delia's efforts to convince herself but frequently struggled to succeed. And that she and Jac are a tad naive perhaps. There were a few points where one might argue the plot was weak or raised some questions, but nothing glaring. Happily, where these types of stories frequently have a tendency to lag in the middle, this one maintains a good pace all the way up to its exciting conclusion, . Overall, it was quite entertaining. I very much enjoyed it, and intend to seek out more of Sarah Ladd's work. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Clean romance level: sweet kisses Religion: Christian in a way that is naturally appropriate to the time & setting, nothing that would annoy any but the anti-christian type of reader TheCompulsiveReader7
BringMyBooks 11 days ago
After reading (&loving!!) Edenbrooke last year, I've been looking for more books like that to add to my "read" shelf - and couldn't resist this one! I enjoyed all of it, and thought the romance and relationships within were particularly poignant. The descriptions of settings and time were done very well - I could smell the crisp apples and taste the salt in the sea spray. I really liked the character of Delia and her charges were absolutely delightful. I also really liked Jack, and the way his relationship grew and changed with not only his nieces and nephews, but also with Delia, was really well done. The mysterious aspect of Delia's past was intriguing and the end result was not a let down - it also (to my unlearned about the ways of the Cornwall coast mind) seemed authentic to that time period. It might not have actually been, of course, but if it wasn't the author sure fooled me! Overall this is one I would definitely recommend.
ChatWithVera 14 days ago
Sarah Ladd writes a beautiful, sweet Regency story set in historical Cornwall. The characters are beautifully drawn giving just enough depth to their essence that you feel you know them, like them, hate them. The lovely widowed young lady that serves as governess of the Trethewey children wears her personal grief like a cloak of protection lest her heart bear such hurt of losing her spouse and also losing a beloved young child. But though she shuns romantic involvement she does discover that she can once again experience a sweet love. Abruptly cast into the grieving stage once again, but this time as a bystander who gently carries the Trethewey children through the loss of their parents, she stands faithfully by them as they are relocated to the Cornwall estate of the children's uncle. And then trouble hits again with the absconding of the children's fortune by the man responsible for its care. The author's writing beautifully tells this story of loss, the impact of slander and rumors, grief, evil doers, beautiful and rugged coastal Cornwall, smuggling in the 1800s, family support of grieving children. Yes, there is a plethora of emotions and activity to encourage the reader to turn the pages and then to await the next story by the author in this new Cornwall series. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the BookLook Bloggers program on behalf of Thomas Nelson Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.
sesquius 14 days ago
I always enjoy a good regency era book and this one most definitely fit the spot. It captivated me from start to finish. The book cover promised an interesting read and it didn't not disappoint. This is a book where once you start it you best have time to finish it within the allotted time or else, you will be spending the rest of the time wanting to finish it. The story is about Cordelia Greythorne who fled her home of three years to start new. Blamed for knowledge of her husband's death she never intended on returning home to the Cornwall coast. But three years later, her employer's death has sent her charges to live with his brother---on the Cornwall coast. Here she must face her demons of old. The brother, Jan Trethewey, is in the midst of trying to bring Penwythe Hall back to life with it orchards. While he is struggling with this, he discovers that he is the guardian of his brother's five children, along with, their governess and tutor. Through out all this he tries to manage it all. This is an excellent book and well worth setting aside some time to read it. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through the reading program, Book Look Bloggers.
Heidi_Reads 14 days ago
As usual the author did a lovely job with the setting and characters. I especially enjoyed Delia's role as governess and her love and compassion for the children she cared for. Her grief had some complicated dynamics, and her journey throughout the story took her from never wanting to marry or have children again in order to avoid the pain of loss, to hesitantly allowing hope and love to bring light into her life. She has a turbulent history with her in-laws, and I enjoyed the suspense that slowly grows until the climax. Jac and Delia share a congenial friendship for most of the book, and their common focus is the children, which brings them closer together. Strong themes of family, loyalty, and forgiveness. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Anonymous 15 days ago
Family regrets, hold both Jac Tretheway and Cordelia Greythorne’s lives hostage. While Jac tries to make amends with the past by rebuilding the estate he inherited, Cordelia attempts to be content in a life of service. A surprising turn leads to Jac and Cordelia together. Can they see beyond their past to make a future together? I think that one of the main themes I connected with was that of living with fear. I don’t think I could say it better then the author did in these two quotes: “Fear knew no bounds and came in so many forms: Fear of what the future held. Fear of more loss. Fear of opening her heart and finding pain. Fear that if she did pray, her words would not be heard.” “Never are we promised an easy life, but we are promised that when we rely on Him for strength, we will have what we need to face our challenges. Fear is a bitter, vile enemy- it will rob you of today's joys and steal your strength to fight for your purpose. Faith is why I don’t fear tomorrow or the next day.” I always enjoy reading a book for pleasure that also encourages me to be greater. I don’t have to live in fear and neither do you. Let God be your peace, calm and strength. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I share here.
Erin_Slocum 18 days ago
My Thoughts on The Governess of Penwythe Hall: I loved it! Seriously. This is a great read. I have read by this author before so I was going in knowing that I would like it. I loved the hints of mystery and the end is a great mystery/ almost murder sequence too. As a woman who loves children, even those I haven't given birth to, I can relate to why Cordelia does not want to leave her young charges after they have lost both their parents. She knows going back to the lands near her husbands family is dangerous for her but she is willing to take the chance. Little does she know that they will stop at nothing to get what they want. Cordelia has family in the area still. A brother and an ill sister. Things are going well with the children's uncle and she's finding herself falling in love which of course she won't let herself act on any of that. But then the boys' tutor is fired. Their contracts state that they can't be fired so that is a bit shady to her and she's sad to see him go. She thought him her only friend. But then more comes to light. The solicitor in charge of the children's fortune has run off with it. When the tutor comes back only to leave again and is followed showing that he's lied to her she just doesn't know who to believe. Add in her brother in law showing up uninvited and not being very nice and things just keep going from bad to worse. When she's summoned by her brother to go home to attend her dying sister she promises the children she'll come back. But will she be able to keep that promise? And will all of the children even be alive and whole when she does get back? Will her in-laws really kill a child? What depths will they sink to to get what they want? Cannot recommend this book enough. I loved it. It read quickly and I did not want to put it down.
FHlady 19 days ago
With the feel of Victoria Holt's gothic romances and set in the windy, rainy, rugged moorlands of Cornwall, Ladd's debut novel in her new regency series launched with a book that captured me from start to finish. It's 1811, Delia has lost her parents, her husband, and her daughter. Caught in the mess of her husband's free trading, she has escaped to northern England to become a governess to 5 children whom she falls in love with. But, upon the death of their only parent, their father, they along with Delia and the tutor Mr. Simon are sent to their uncle at Penwythe Hall. Filled with action, suspense, romance, and 5 adorable children, Delia and Uncle Jac find themselves growing closer as they work to support and raise the children. Delia was a strong, caring young woman and never expected to find love again as her past followed her in the form of her dead husband's free trading family. Jac learned there was more to life than just trying to bring Penwythe Hall back to life. This book mesmerized me, and life kept interrupting my reading. Recommended to readers of regency fiction. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
LibMom 23 days ago
he Governess of Penwythe Hall caught my eye as I had read several other books by author Sarah Ladd which I had enjoyed greatly. I was also seeking something a little more light-hearted and fun to read. This book fit both categories. The Governess of Penwythe Hall is your basic Christian Regency romance. This book stands out because the governess is not your typically naive, innocent young lady who is trying to earn a living. Instead, the governess is widowed and fleeing a secret from her past. This secret provides a slight mystery element to the book. Ladd does a nice job of providing some clues but yet not giving away the secret until near the end. There are several twists and turns that keep the reader guessing. Beyond the suspenseful, mystery aspect, The Governess of Penwythe Hall follows the basic plot readers of this genre will recognize. As this book does feature a governess, I enjoyed that the characters of the children in the book were somewhat developed and played a role in the story instead of being invisible. I look forward to additional volumes in this series. I received a complementary copy of this book via NetGalley. I was not required to give a positive review.
RobinWillson 23 days ago
"Never are we promised an easy life, but we are promised that when we rely on Him for strength, we will have what we need to face our challenges.” Vividly plunge into this story on the first pages! The author is a great painter with words, each brushstroke revealing the character's surroundings and feelings in great clarity. A Christian Regency set near the Scottish Moors, full of personal struggle and lurking danger. Also one of wealth, loss and perseverance. Excellent read that will keep you engaged and turning those pages. This is a first in a new series - can't wait for the next one! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” #TheGovernessOfPenwytheHall #NetGalley #SarahELadd #BooksYouCanFeelGoodAbout
Anonymous 25 days ago
The Governess Of Penwythe Hall is a beautiful story of sorrow and love. I was drawn in immediately to this story by Delia and the secret she was running from. Sorrow and misery seem to constantly follow the Twetheweys family. There is much to see and think about in this story. The author does a excellent job of growing the readers emotions to each of the characters in the story. I enjoyed the twist to the plot that kept me on my feet and kept me guessing to what was coming next. I was not ready for the story to end but was left with a feeling of contentment. Sarah Ladd has a talent of masterpiece story telling! Was given a complimentary ebook from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
SarahSundin 25 days ago
Set on the dramatic Cornish coast, The Governess of Penwythe Hall is more than a Regency-governess story. Danger! Secrets! Smugglers! The combination of romance and intrigue makes for a fun tale, and once again Sarah Ladd shows the effect of growing industrialization on rural England, a historical touch that I enjoyed. Delia and Jac are endearing characters, and the themes of overcoming grief and guilt add depth. I highly recommend this novel.
BrittanyMc 26 days ago
The Governess of Penwythe Hall was such a beautifully written novel! I was captivated right away with the plight of the orphaned children and the way they were received by their uncle at Penwythe Hall. This story contained a fascinating mix of secrets, past hurts, romance, family bonding, and a wonderful setting. All of these details were woven together in such a way that I didn’t want to set down this book! I longed for things to work out for all of the characters, from the children to the governess, to Uncle Jac. There were many things from the past that could work against them all and wreck the possibility of a better future. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Ourpugs 27 days ago
The Governess of Penwythe Hall Cordelia gets a job as a Governess after becoming a widow. Unfortunately her employer dies and her and the children are send to his brothers to live. The children range from young to teen years. Having children in a book always makes it so special. Jac had a big surprise coming since he didn’t get notified they were coming. He hadn’t seen or heard from his brother for several years. Cordelia was originally from the area and was not sure about being back there. Her husband was involved in something before he passed away and her brother in law is still in the area. I loved the mystery involving that part of the book. This book was a fast read. The flow of the story kept me interested throughout the book. I had looked forward to reading this book and I was not disappointed. I received a advanced copy of the book from the publisher through Celebrate Lit. I was not required to write an positive review.
sandralb 28 days ago
What a beautiful regency book written about Cornwall, England in the early 1800's. Sarah Ladd000000 takes us on an adventure from the first few pages of her book. She does not let you go until you are reading the last page and closing the book. Her story has love, family, action, suspense and there is always a thread of faith woven throughout her novels. Delia, our heroine, is just trying to start a new life and get as far from Cornwall as she can. By accepting a governess job, things seem to be looking up for her. She loves the children she is taking care of and they all seem to love her as well. Who would have thought, just a few years later, first the mother would die and the children would lose their dad in a riding accident a short time later. She never expected his last request would be for her to watch over his children. She finds herself back on the Cornwall coast moving in with the children's uncle. Jac Twetheway, the children's uncle is in for a big surprise and change to his bachelor lifestyle, when they all arrive unannounced. Jac is grieving the lost of his only brother and dealing with the regrets of the past. Can he get through all these changes and still run his orchard business? Fans of Christian, regency romance will not be disappointed with Sarah's new book. I received a copy from Thomas Nelson Publishers through NetGalley. The opinions in this review are my own.
NKBookReviewer 29 days ago
The first thing that drew me in to this novel was the beautiful, serene cover. Next was the writing that captivated me from the very beginning. Author Ladd has done a brilliant job with this poignant tale. This is the story of Cordelia (Delia) Greythorne. The book opens with her being newly widowed and threatened by her mother-in-law. Immediately my heart went out to her and I felt her emotions. I was invested in her story and could not put the book down. The characters are very well thought in this English early 1800 fiction piece. Delia is a strong woman with an admirable character. She is employed as a governess and dearly loves the children under her care. Jac Twethewey of Penwythe Hall is the guardian for the children. He is also their estranged uncle. His character is also a strong willed one. The children are delightful, especially little Miss Sophy. Many relevant timely issues are touched upon in this stirring book. Right at the beginning there is a major family issue and death. Faith, depending on God, caring for others, facing fears, smugglers, making choices, and forgiveness are all touched on in this book. In this book I found intrigue, mystery, light romance, history, inspiration, as well as twists and turns. The writing was well done and took me to a place and time that I had never been. It was easy to imagine the crashing salty waves and crusty characters. I loved the attention to detail. It was evident the author did her research. I would recommend this for Regency lovers. It is a very nice story that is engaging until the end. I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit but I was not required to write a review. These are my honest thoughts.
Virginiaw 29 days ago
Wonderful. I love all the characters. I love the adults and the children. All of these people learn to live together after a lot of adversity. Each character must learn to find happiness in their own way. I look forward to many more books in this series. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
honeychile 29 days ago
What a perfect example of a Regency novel! Characters are genuine and engaging. Author Ladd shows her remarkable writing skill as she introduces Cordelia Greythorne, the Twethewey children, and their uncle, now guardian, Jac Twethewey, all with their own motivation and fears. Even minor characters are carefully crafted. The storyline is full of secrets, mystery, romance, and an element of very real fear and danger. Themes explored are loss and grief, betrayal, fear, injustice, and Christian faith. The Cornwall area of England and its unusual geography and its people with their mysterious and insular Celtic roots are beautifully described and incorporated within the story. I'm delighted to give this book five solid stars.
Anonymous 30 days ago
I enjoyed this book. I think I have read most of Sarah Ladd's books and this one does not disappoint. Not only was it a clean historical romance, but it was also quite the mystery. That is an especially appealing aspect of this book. The mystery theme was not one where you can easily deduce the outcome, and this kept me reading until I finished the book. I did my usual with a good book, and I dawdled my way through the last chapter because I hated for the adventure to end.
ARS8 3 months ago
If you are looking for a little trip to Cornwall and its cliffs, then this story is the next best thing to going there. I am a huge fan of Poldark so when I hear about a book written in that place and preferably a historical, I am hooked. This was an exceptionally good story anyway dealing with family secrets, family drama, smugglers, and a slow burn romance. We have a governess, Delia Greythorne, who is a widow with an in-law family that seems very controlling and ruthless. Leaving her late husband’s home and the sadness experienced there, she becomes a governess to five children of the Tretheway family. Unfortunately tragedy strikes them and they are removed from their home in Yorkshire to their Uncle Jac’s home in Cornwall. Not a place that Delia really ever wanted to return to. However, she is a loyal caregiver and mother like figure for these children and will not let them down. There is quite a bit of adjusting to a new normal for these children and we see how much care they receive from both Jac and Delia. These characters circumstances were treated very realistically and the supporting cast- some good, some bad- really made for a riveting read with a hint of danger and mystery. Looking forward to the next Cornwall novel. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
eLynda 3 months ago
Sarah E. Ladd’s books are a favorite of mine; her ability to draw realistic and likeable characters, strong plots, and suspenseful atmosphere combine for a virtual guarantee of a good read. This book begins a new series and takes the reader to Cornwall, where the heroine lives in the shadow of the past that threatens her present. As with Ladd’s earlier works, this novel immediately drops us in the middle of the action, here, unsettling and repeated bereavements in a short time span. Just as the main character wonders what’s ahead, the reader is left uncomfortable and even worried at the future, right along with Delia. Relationships are key in this novel, especially those of family. Parenthood, siblings, marriage, and how each of these are impacted and intertwine in invisible ways is beautifully depicted. Their importance and fragility is also highlighted, as is remembering both qualities and caring for our relationships accordingly. The romance develops slowly but the connection between the hero and heroine is strong from early chapters. I enjoyed the build-up and it felt believable despite the difference in station. It helps that Jac is not a typical landowner, and his character is refreshing in a genre that can quickly become formulaic. A powerful spiritual thread running throughout the novel is that fear and uncertainty does not have to rule our lives, not when we trust the One who holds the future in His hands. The same One who cares for and causes beautiful flowers to grow is more than able to care for us, as complex as our lives can be. I highly recommend this novel for fans of the Regency period, and those who enjoy a suspenseful story with a gothic feel will find an exceptional story here. Many elements combine for a satisfying ending that is a strong introduction to The Cornwall Novels—I am looking forward to the next book! I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
Kelly Hodgkins 3 months ago
“A biting gust of Cornish wind screamed downward from the churning sky, billowing Cordelia Greythorne’s jet-black traveling cape. She reached to secure the hood atop her head, and as she did, her grip on her valise slackened. The heavy bag plummeted to the snow-laden ground below. Through a veil of tears, Delia looked to the satchel, and the sharp burning in her lungs reminded her to breathe.” This is my first Sarah E. Ladd novel and the first in a new series, and what a great beginning The Governess of Penwythe Hall is! I fell in love with this novel within minutes and the writing is so emotive, the pages flew past. Delia is an endearing, multi-layered character who endures so much in her journey, she has an air of Jane Eyre about her. Our leading man, Jac, is a grounded, country man who doesn’t be have airs and graces. The two come together to raise the five children left in their care. This focus gives both new purpose and an appreciation for familial love. Amidst the grief and adjustment to the new situation, mystery and something sinister lurks in the Cornish coast haunting Delia and creating trouble for the family. No sooner had I settled into a family drama when it become an adventure! This novel really is a treat. Jac’s aunt is probably my favourite though, sharing her Christian wisdom and bringing a light-heartedness to the story. It’s a five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale and I highly recommend this one, it’s a delight not to be missed!
marongm8 3 months ago
I did not know what to expect from this book except for the fact that this title is in demand at our library. Amish/Christian Fiction is very popular and The Governess of Penwythe Hall did not disappoint. Everyone in their own way can relate to Cordelia and the struggles she went through prior to being a governess and when her master has suddenly passed away and finds out their new guardian is in an abandoned struggling apple orchard called Penwythe Hall. As Cordelia and the children move in with Uncle Jac, things take an unexpected turn and Jac and Cordelia may grow closer than expected. Such an enticing novel with a Jane Austen like setting that made it very enjoyable to read. Our patrons are sure to love this book. I can not wait until the second installment of this series and learn more about the Trethewey family. We will consider adding this title to our Christian Fiction collection in our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.