The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall, #1)
Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.Cornwall, England, 1811Blamed 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.

The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall, #1) Details

TitleThe Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall, #1)
Author
ReleaseApr 16th, 2019
PublisherThomas Nelson
ISBN-139780785223160
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Regency, Christian, Fiction

The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall, #1) Review

  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    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 sl 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.
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely! My new favorite Ladd novel.In The Governess of Penwythe Hall, readers are taken to a new location during the Regency time period: Cornwall. There is the feel of the nearby seashore in the pages of this novel.Widowed Delia Greythorne takes a position as a governess as the best option available. She comes to love the children and build a life with them. Her prior family is lurking in the shadows with ill intent.This novel has romance, mystery, vivid imagery and lovely writing.My gratitude Lovely! My new favorite Ladd novel.In The Governess of Penwythe Hall, readers are taken to a new location during the Regency time period: Cornwall. There is the feel of the nearby seashore in the pages of this novel.Widowed Delia Greythorne takes a position as a governess as the best option available. She comes to love the children and build a life with them. Her prior family is lurking in the shadows with ill intent.This novel has romance, mystery, vivid imagery and lovely writing.My gratitude to publisher Thomas Nelson for a complimentary ARC of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Sarah Sundin
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    January 1, 1970
    This has made me supremely happy and was just what I needed. Also, that Pride and Prejudice-esque ending had me smiling muchly. This is the first book I have read by Sarah E. Ladd, so I had no idea what to expect. I was blown away! First I fell in love with Ladd’s effortless writing style. While not being overly wordy, it was poetically beautiful and fit the time period perfectly. Same with the dialogue. So often the dialogue in historical books can sound too modern, but this author does a beaut This has made me supremely happy and was just what I needed. Also, that Pride and Prejudice-esque ending had me smiling muchly. This is the first book I have read by Sarah E. Ladd, so I had no idea what to expect. I was blown away! First I fell in love with Ladd’s effortless writing style. While not being overly wordy, it was poetically beautiful and fit the time period perfectly. Same with the dialogue. So often the dialogue in historical books can sound too modern, but this author does a beautiful job making the characters actually sound like they’re living in the time period the book is set in. Secondly, the characters. I fell in love with them too! Delia is such a tenderhearted and selfless character, yet she still wrestles with her own demons from the past. I found myself relating to her a lot. Jac is an equally fabulous character and the perfect counterpart to Delia. I feel like sometimes the depth of the male love interest’s character can get lost, but not so in this one. Jac was his own man and I loved both characters separately and together. The children were also adorable, particularly Sophy. I did feel like their story got a little lost at the end, and I would have liked to see a little more wrapped up with them, but it was only a minor issue. The story is not very fast paced, but I quickly became so invested in the characters that it wasn’t a problem. The mystery and intrigue that gets introduced about halfway through the book piqued my interest even further, and the end climax is intense and gripping. The faith themes, while very much in the background, were extremely well done. I might have preferred them to be slightly more prominent, but this was far better than the “preachiness” some books can take on.From the cover to the last page, The Governess of Penwythe Hall is a beautiful and intriguing story that I highly recommend to lovers of historical fiction! This one is going on my favorites shelf. Well done, Ms. Ladd!
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  • OLT
    January 1, 1970
    Amazon Vine was low in historical fiction ARCs for me to choose from so I wandered over to the Christian book category. Here it was, a Sarah Ladd HR. I've read Ladd's books before. I felt neutral about them so I thought to give this one a try.What do we have here? Well, about a gazillion overused tropes and nothing unusual except for the hero's plan to make his estate solvent with the development of an apple orchard and purchase of an apple press. That was new to me. And that also made for a lov Amazon Vine was low in historical fiction ARCs for me to choose from so I wandered over to the Christian book category. Here it was, a Sarah Ladd HR. I've read Ladd's books before. I felt neutral about them so I thought to give this one a try.What do we have here? Well, about a gazillion overused tropes and nothing unusual except for the hero's plan to make his estate solvent with the development of an apple orchard and purchase of an apple press. That was new to me. And that also made for a lovely book cover, with apple trees in bloom and a pretty woman in a flowing gauzy dress.As for the story: (1) This takes place in Cornwall. There are smugglers. What a surprise. (2) There is a lovely widow with a past who has fled Cornwall and that past to become governess to three motherless children, who also become fatherless at the beginning of the story. (3) Governess and children are transplanted to Cornwall to live at Penwythe Hall with the deceased father's younger brother, whom the late father named as guardian in spite of the fact that the two brothers had been estranged. (4) This brother must adjust to having nieces and nephews running around and the children must adjust to their new life and the loss of their father. (5) Governess heroine must confront her old life and what haunts her about it. (6) Governess and children's uncle must fall in love.There's some mystery, a few bad guys, some human interest and relationship issues, some romance. None of it is very interesting. The characters have very little personality, the mystery is not compelling, and the romance is flat and lacking chemistry. What is it with Christian-genre romances? The passionless relationships in them makes me wonder how they manage to produce any little Christian offspring. Now, I don't mean these books lack sex scenes. I can easily do without that. I just want a little bit of sexual chemistry between H and h, so that I know they will enjoy the closed-door bedroom activity that I will not be privy to.This was relatively well written (grammar, spelling, etc.) but underdeveloped, with an unimaginative plot and boring characters. All in all, I found the reading to be dull as ditchwater.
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  • Kelly Tyree
    January 1, 1970
    The Governess of Penwythe Hall is a beautifully written book about starting over. It focuses on a governess, Cordelia "Delia" Greythorne, who is governess to children that she has come to love. When the children's father dies, he makes her promise to go with the children as they go to live with his brother and be their governess there. Delia moves with the children to Penwythe Hall to live with an uncle that they barely know. Jac Trethewey is surprised when he learns the brother that he quarrele The Governess of Penwythe Hall is a beautifully written book about starting over. It focuses on a governess, Cordelia "Delia" Greythorne, who is governess to children that she has come to love. When the children's father dies, he makes her promise to go with the children as they go to live with his brother and be their governess there. Delia moves with the children to Penwythe Hall to live with an uncle that they barely know. Jac Trethewey is surprised when he learns the brother that he quarreled with has died and that he has left his children to his care. Jac is busy trying to get the orchard to make a profit at Penwythe Hall. He relies on Delia to help him get to know the children and to be the guardian that they need. But while getting to know the children, he also gets to know the beautiful Delia. He sees so much in her that he likes and he begins to have feelings for her. But Delia is running from her in laws and the unlawful lifestyle that they lived. Her in laws are after her because he late husband told her a secret that they are desperate to uncover. Jac realizes Delia is in danger and promises to protect her. When Delia is called home to be at the bedside of her ailing sister, Jac is not there to shield her and protect her. Both Jac and Delia have to decide what they want for their future and how they can live with the feelings they have for one another. The Governess of Penwythe Hall is so well written and is filled with romance, suspense and action all set in a beautiful seaside community. I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley and this is my honest feedback.
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  • Lilian
    January 1, 1970
    The Governess of Penwythe Hall was seriously such a delight to read. The beautiful cover piqued my curiosity at the very start, so I decided to pick it up and I’m thrilled to say that I enjoyed every minute of reading!Let’s start off with the characters. Sarah E. Ladd crafts some really beautifully-written characters–I related to and sympathized with Cordelia (Delia) right from the start, and Jac wasn’t too far behind after that. I have to say Jac Twethewey is one of my favorite male characters The Governess of Penwythe Hall was seriously such a delight to read. The beautiful cover piqued my curiosity at the very start, so I decided to pick it up and I’m thrilled to say that I enjoyed every minute of reading!Let’s start off with the characters. Sarah E. Ladd crafts some really beautifully-written characters–I related to and sympathized with Cordelia (Delia) right from the start, and Jac wasn’t too far behind after that. I have to say Jac Twethewey is one of my favorite male characters now because of how realistic he is as a human, but also because of his admirable traits and qualities. Each of the children that Delia care for are really sweet in their own ways, and I adored watching Jac love upon them right from the start. I also found Delia’s brother, Horace, an extremely intriguing character and I’m looking forward to him being (possibly?) more explored later in the series, as the author only barely scratched the surface for his character.Delia’s past proved to be a great part of the plot that I think Ladd handled really well! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with even a remotely similar plot to this, which is weird but delightful to read–plus, it tied in soooo well to the lovely romance! 😀 Although the middle was a bit slow action-wise, it provided a unique look on the characters’ backstories and picked right back up in a little bit.The writing style is also absolutely gorgeous and honestly reminds me a lot of Joanne Bischof’s writing style, and I can also even see hints of Nadine Brandes’. It’s so lovely to read.Overall, 10/10 would recommend The Governess of Penwythe Hall. Go. get. it, because gorgeous writing + masterful plot-wielding + lovely characters. 5 stars!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, and I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Shantelle
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely! I've read by Sarah E. Ladd before, and just had to pick up her latest novel because of the gorgeous cover! I'm happy to say that the story did not disappoint. Book One in the CORNWALL series, The Governess of Penwythe Hall pulls us into early 1800s, England, and Cordelia Graythorne's life. I love stories set during the Regency era, and this one was well-done. It's centered around a governess with a troubled past and a handful of dear, orphaned children, which I came to love. Plus Jac, wh Lovely! I've read by Sarah E. Ladd before, and just had to pick up her latest novel because of the gorgeous cover! I'm happy to say that the story did not disappoint. Book One in the CORNWALL series, The Governess of Penwythe Hall pulls us into early 1800s, England, and Cordelia Graythorne's life. I love stories set during the Regency era, and this one was well-done. It's centered around a governess with a troubled past and a handful of dear, orphaned children, which I came to love. Plus Jac, who is quite nice, as well. *winks and smiles* It has a good amount of mystery/suspense, a warm faith theme, and sweet romance. This book definitely wasn't heavy on the romance ... and didn't have any steamy romance scenes - which is always a breath of fresh air. I love a good romance, but it has to be done right! Sarah E. Ladd unfolded this love story quite charmingly.Overall, The Governess of Penwythe Hall is about family, faith, and finding freedom from dark pasts. It was enjoyable to read! For fans of Regency tales, I would certainly recommend!I received a complimentary copy of The Governess of Penwythe Hall from BookLookBloggers program. This review is honest and all my own.
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  • Toni Shiloh
    January 1, 1970
    So this was my very first Sarah E. Ladd read and I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the prologue and all the way to the end. I love Regency books and this cover was gorgeous and the sole reason I requested it on NetGalley. However, what kept me reading was Ms. Ladd's story telling and beautiful writing. The Twethewey family had so much heartache to overcome. I wanted them to be happy and I wanted their governess, Cordelia Greythorne, to have a part in that happiness. Mrs. Greythorne drew So this was my very first Sarah E. Ladd read and I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the prologue and all the way to the end. I love Regency books and this cover was gorgeous and the sole reason I requested it on NetGalley. However, what kept me reading was Ms. Ladd's story telling and beautiful writing. The Twethewey family had so much heartache to overcome. I wanted them to be happy and I wanted their governess, Cordelia Greythorne, to have a part in that happiness. Mrs. Greythorne drew me in from the prologue. There was such intrigue around her in-laws that I knew I had to continue reading until the end. And I wasn't disappointed! Besides a lush historical setting, there was romance, and mystery! I loved it and look forward to discovering what other good books Ms. Ladd has in her backlist.*I received a complimentary copy through NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this read, but we are dealing life’s hardest facts, the loss of loved ones.Surprises happen here that I really didn’t see coming, and our Governess is a strong character who has suffered a lot of hard knocks in her life.The owner of the manor is about to receive one of the biggest surprises of his life, when his brother’s children arrive to live with him. Considering the hard feelings between the men, he is now a parent to five children.Through the author I could smell the salt air aro I enjoyed this read, but we are dealing life’s hardest facts, the loss of loved ones.Surprises happen here that I really didn’t see coming, and our Governess is a strong character who has suffered a lot of hard knocks in her life.The owner of the manor is about to receive one of the biggest surprises of his life, when his brother’s children arrive to live with him. Considering the hard feelings between the men, he is now a parent to five children.Through the author I could smell the salt air around me, and picture the sea side cliffs, that I soon felt myself stumbling over.From beginning to end this one is a page turner, you have to know how things turn out!I received this book through Celebrate Lit, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Karen R
    January 1, 1970
    A stirring tale set in the Regency era, along the coast of Cornwall. Uprooted from Yorkshire following their father's accidental death, five young siblings and their governess find themselves at the mercy of an estranged relative. Mystery and adventure follow them, and a brooding uncle just may be their only hope."Fear is a bitter, vile enemy— it will rob you of today’s joys and steal your strength to fight for your purpose."This was an absorbing tale that grew in depth the further it went, with A stirring tale set in the Regency era, along the coast of Cornwall. Uprooted from Yorkshire following their father's accidental death, five young siblings and their governess find themselves at the mercy of an estranged relative. Mystery and adventure follow them, and a brooding uncle just may be their only hope."Fear is a bitter, vile enemy— it will rob you of today’s joys and steal your strength to fight for your purpose."This was an absorbing tale that grew in depth the further it went, with characters struggling to make sense of the changes thrown at them. Grief and loss, relying on faith, and facing fears are important themes; faith is shown as the way to overcome fear, something I have latched onto as truth in my own life. The different ways people grieve is sensitively handled, especially in the children's case, and for Delia, who has endured many losses. The main characters rise to the difficult circumstances, and the scenes along the Cornwall coast bring some action and suspense to make the ending quite exciting. It reminded me a little of Jamaica Inn and Poldark, with the dark side of society adding a sharp contrast to the lovely country estate with the apple orchards and peaceful scenery. The romance is understated, but tender and worth the wait."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."Highly recommend for readers who enjoy clean Regency fiction with some faith, mystery and a bit of romance. (I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)
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  • Carole Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Gjx6r5Never 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.The Governess of Penwythe Hall is a stirring, emotional tale set in 1811 Cornwall, England. It is a wonderfully entertaining novel, pleasantly reminding me of gothics by authors like Victoria Holt that I have enjoyed through the years. There’s the brooding hero, Jac Trethewey, and the heroine with a t Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2Gjx6r5Never 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.The Governess of Penwythe Hall is a stirring, emotional tale set in 1811 Cornwall, England. It is a wonderfully entertaining novel, pleasantly reminding me of gothics by authors like Victoria Holt that I have enjoyed through the years. There’s the brooding hero, Jac Trethewey, and the heroine with a troubled past who comes into his life, Cordelia (Delia) Greythorne. From the coastline to the foggy moors, the magic of Cornwall is so vividly conveyed that you can easily sense its rugged, awesome beauty. And then there’s ghosts … ghosts of the past, that is.Delia, a sympathetic character who has endured painful losses. While she might seem a little weak at first, it’s not long before we see her strength and courage when it comes to those she cares about. And Jac … what a wonderful hero! I immediately connected with his love for the land, desire to rebuild his estate, and vision for an apple orchard. I loved the sweetly growing relationship between Jac and Delia, but best of all is the almost immediate rapport and love he has for his brother’s children in Delia’s charge.Ladd’s writing easily flows across the page in this absorbing novel. Family secrets and the evil of greed come into play. Some villains are obvious, others a surprise. Spiritual themes are gently woven into the story, such as fear being seen for what it really is, a “bitter, vile enemy.” We are reminded that God always has a plan and provides all that we need when we look to Him for strength and guidance.I have loved all that Sarah E. Ladd has written, but The Governess of Penwythe Hall just might be my favorite so far. I certainly look forward to all that’s to come in this series.Recommended.I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and Thomas Nelson. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Rissa
    January 1, 1970
    This is a sweet yet deep story of a woman, Cordelia that has a heart so big and a mind so great that she leaves her life behind to be a mother to these five orphaned children. Then we follow a man Jac filled with greed but also desire to see his land beautiful again at any cost. But His priorities turn from work to the children when they come to stay and Cordelia changes everything. It was cute and sweet and the writing was beautiful. Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson via netgalley for sending This is a sweet yet deep story of a woman, Cordelia that has a heart so big and a mind so great that she leaves her life behind to be a mother to these five orphaned children. Then we follow a man Jac filled with greed but also desire to see his land beautiful again at any cost. But His priorities turn from work to the children when they come to stay and Cordelia changes everything. It was cute and sweet and the writing was beautiful. Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson via netgalley for sending me an ARC copy of governess of penwythehall by sara E ladd. This will be released on April 16 2019All opinions are my own.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    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 govern 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.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Hallie Szott
    January 1, 1970
    4.5Take a trip to historical Cornwall in Sarah E. Ladd’s latest novel, The Governess of Penwythe Hall. Amidst a complicated family situation, there’s intrigue, danger, and romance aplenty—sure to please the historical-romance reader.After losing her husband and child, Cordelia Greythorne becomes the governess for the Trethewey children. When the death of their father sends them to Penwythe Hall and their estranged uncle, Jac Trethewey, Delia must confront the past she tried to escape and with Ja 4.5Take a trip to historical Cornwall in Sarah E. Ladd’s latest novel, The Governess of Penwythe Hall. Amidst a complicated family situation, there’s intrigue, danger, and romance aplenty—sure to please the historical-romance reader.After losing her husband and child, Cordelia Greythorne becomes the governess for the Trethewey children. When the death of their father sends them to Penwythe Hall and their estranged uncle, Jac Trethewey, Delia must confront the past she tried to escape and with Jac, determine how to proceed into the future.With the Regency charm I now expect from Ladd, The Governess of Penwythe Hall is a delight to read. I enjoyed every minute I spent within this story and look forward to continuing the series when the next book releases.This review is also posted on Hallie Reads.I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah E. Ladd is surely one of the most solid voices in the Regency world.Her respect for the era and it's traditions is amazing as she pens maybe not your so common Regency plot.She is one of the authors I most look forward to read.In "The Governess of Penwythe Hall", it might seem at first that the gorgeous cover is trying to deceive from a story thick in grief and regrets as the first pages of this book suggests. But it truly is a story of blossoming.In first instance it is a floursihing to y Sarah E. Ladd is surely one of the most solid voices in the Regency world.Her respect for the era and it's traditions is amazing as she pens maybe not your so common Regency plot.She is one of the authors I most look forward to read.In "The Governess of Penwythe Hall", it might seem at first that the gorgeous cover is trying to deceive from a story thick in grief and regrets as the first pages of this book suggests. But it truly is a story of blossoming.In first instance it is a floursihing to your full potential, but it's much more - it's about learning steadfastness despite circumstances, learning to love so deeply it covers multitude of mistakes, and becoming a refuge to those who most need it.*I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    #TheGovernessOfPenwytheHall #NetGalleyA novel that will capture you from page one to the end. Cordelia Greythorne is a strong character, she learned to have a backbone, living in harsh conditions. Now a governess to five children, she is detrmined to be there for them , at the death of their father, staying with them as they move to their uncle's estate. Delia is slow to trust, she has always had to rely on her own merits. She has lived in fear, loking over her shoulder and in the shadows. She w #TheGovernessOfPenwytheHall #NetGalleyA novel that will capture you from page one to the end. Cordelia Greythorne is a strong character, she learned to have a backbone, living in harsh conditions. Now a governess to five children, she is detrmined to be there for them , at the death of their father, staying with them as they move to their uncle's estate. Delia is slow to trust, she has always had to rely on her own merits. She has lived in fear, loking over her shoulder and in the shadows. She wants to learn to not fear, but can't get past what will happn to her if she does. A book that is gripping, I loved it! I can't wait for the next book.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    I saw Cornwall. I'm part Cornish. I need this.
  • eyes.2c
    January 1, 1970
    Betrayals and love!As stories go concerning smugglers in Cornwall, a governess with a heavy secret, and a struggling landowner who finds himself suddenly a guardian to five children, this should have been a solid gratifying read.Cordelia Greythorne leaves Cornwall after her husband's death, threatened by her powerful smuggling-in-laws because she won't give them the information they desire. As she left her mother-in-law spat out, "If you’ve any sense in you, you’ll ne’er return to Cornwall. You’ Betrayals and love!As stories go concerning smugglers in Cornwall, a governess with a heavy secret, and a struggling landowner who finds himself suddenly a guardian to five children, this should have been a solid gratifying read.Cordelia Greythorne leaves Cornwall after her husband's death, threatened by her powerful smuggling-in-laws because she won't give them the information they desire. As she left her mother-in-law spat out, "If you’ve any sense in you, you’ll ne’er return to Cornwall. You’ve betrayed the Greythornes, and none will forget.”Cordelia spends three years away, only to find herself back in Cornwall, a mere twenty miles away from the wicked clan, continuing as a governess to honor a dying father's request.Of course the brutal family finds out about Cordelia's return. Of course she steps into danger. And then there's her developing relationship with the children's uncle and guardian, Jac Twethewey. A relationship cemented with unspoken, restrained moments of yearning and wishful glances.I did like the children, their genuine suffering, and Liam as the eldest trying to shoulder burdens beyond his experience. I also enjoyed watching his growing relationship with Jac.So after all these fine tropes coming together, I'm genuinely puzzled as to why I didn't find the story near as absorbing as the chain of events would suggest.Individually I liked all the characters. But it seems there were too many times when the narrative fell flat. I struggled with enjoyment of specific action moments and the unexceptionable inbetweens.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    Sarah E. Ladd takes readers to the Cornish Coast in the first book of a brand-new series, and what a great start it is.Cordelia “Delia” Greythorne has endured loss in her life so she empathizes with the five children under her care upon the death of their father. Change is in store for all of them when they are directed to the children’s uncle and Penwythe Hall.Jac Tretheway is an innovative man who cares about the land he’s inherited. An apple orchard may be a risk, but Jac sees what a successf Sarah E. Ladd takes readers to the Cornish Coast in the first book of a brand-new series, and what a great start it is.Cordelia “Delia” Greythorne has endured loss in her life so she empathizes with the five children under her care upon the death of their father. Change is in store for all of them when they are directed to the children’s uncle and Penwythe Hall.Jac Tretheway is an innovative man who cares about the land he’s inherited. An apple orchard may be a risk, but Jac sees what a successful one would mean for Penwythe. But when a governess, a tutor, and five children arrive in his home, he’s overwhelmed.Ladd weaves a tale of suspicion (and smugglers!), grief, family, home, and romance that kept me involved and engaged in the story from the first page to the last. The descriptions of the area are vibrant and detailed from the gardens of Penwythe to the Cornish Cliffs, and I’m thankful Ladd will be returning to this area in this new series.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    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 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.)
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  • Alisha
    January 1, 1970
    Cordelia Greythorne, newly widowed, is shown in the opening scene of this book leaving her home and her in-laws in a swirl of melodrama and tragedy. Dark secrets and dire threats are hinted at. Fast-forward a few years and she has taken a post as governess, but all too soon the children are left orphans. Their care has been assigned to their uncle, Jac Trethewey (I wish there was a pronunciation guide for this book!), and he lives, you guessed it, in the same county as Cordelia's nasty in-laws. Cordelia Greythorne, newly widowed, is shown in the opening scene of this book leaving her home and her in-laws in a swirl of melodrama and tragedy. Dark secrets and dire threats are hinted at. Fast-forward a few years and she has taken a post as governess, but all too soon the children are left orphans. Their care has been assigned to their uncle, Jac Trethewey (I wish there was a pronunciation guide for this book!), and he lives, you guessed it, in the same county as Cordelia's nasty in-laws. She tries to avoid their notice, all the while fearing that the greater danger may be in falling in love with her new employer.This book failed to intrigue me. The progression of the story was too plodding. Cordelia's tragic past never felt terribly real, and the elements of the story just seemed unoriginal and overly earnest. On the plus side, the most lively and lifelike character in the book was the youngest child, little Sophy. She had some genuinely cute moments in a book that was otherwise skimmable.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Just when you think this author can't get any better, she does it. This was hands down my favourite so far, and, I said that about the last book! Starting off a new series set in what is the most beautiful of English Counties, Cornwall. Any fans of Poldark will be familiar with the gorgeous rocky coastline, beautiful secluded beaches, cliffs, storms and of course the history of smuggling. Jamaica Inn was one of my favourite reads in my late teens, and I visited the Inn itself. The moors are stun Just when you think this author can't get any better, she does it. This was hands down my favourite so far, and, I said that about the last book! Starting off a new series set in what is the most beautiful of English Counties, Cornwall. Any fans of Poldark will be familiar with the gorgeous rocky coastline, beautiful secluded beaches, cliffs, storms and of course the history of smuggling. Jamaica Inn was one of my favourite reads in my late teens, and I visited the Inn itself. The moors are stunning, and vast and certainly not a place you would want to find yourself wandering at night. Especially not in the time period this book is set in. This is the perfect setting for this story. The heroine has lots of secrets the reader does not know about, and the hero is just perfect in every single way. The added dimension of the orphaned children, and her current position as their governess added such a richness to this story - and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is not to be missed. There are so many great author's in this genre and I would say Sarah Ladd is right at the top. Beautiful cover, even more amazing story within. I was enjoying this so much, I didn't want to put it down, nor did I want it to end. I received a eARC from Netgalley. This is my honest review.
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  • Rachel DeVaughn
    January 1, 1970
    This is book 1 of the brand new "Cornwall series" set in Cornwell England in the early 1800s. This is a longer book (over 350 pages) so it took a couple of days to get thru. I enjoyed the steady pace of daily English living, along with some romance and drama. Delia was a wonderful character-not afraid to take care of the 5 children she was governess of-even when times got tough! Readers get a glimpse into her tragic past before she became a governess and how she works hard to overcome it and be This is book 1 of the brand new "Cornwall series" set in Cornwell England in the early 1800s. This is a longer book (over 350 pages) so it took a couple of days to get thru. I enjoyed the steady pace of daily English living, along with some romance and drama. Delia was a wonderful character-not afraid to take care of the 5 children she was governess of-even when times got tough! Readers get a glimpse into her tragic past before she became a governess and how she works hard to overcome it and be content with what life throws her way. I loved Jac's aunt and her role with the children, and getting to know Jac through out the book despite the childrens opinion of him. I enjoyed reading this historical, clean fiction and can't wait to read more in this series! I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This story was absolutely lovely. Sarah weaves an intriguing tale in this debut to her new series. Mystery, romance, historical England, this book has many charming elements complete with cute kiddos to boot. It is an easy read that flows well and builds to a satisfying conclusion. A fun read! I am looking forward to the next book in this wonderful new historical set. I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Dee/ bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    This book was such a great read I would highly recommend it! It had suspense, mystery, intrigue, and a hint of romance in it, spun into a wonderful read! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Marguerite Gray
    January 1, 1970
    Cornwall, England, 1811Through the word pictures in this novel, I feel I’ve visited Cornwall and walked the moors and the beaches with all its wild, untamed virtues. Delia’s life, because of circumstances, is like the savage but beautiful landscape—ever-changing, mysterious, severe, dramatic—anything but calm.Shrouded with mystery, even to the reader until the end, Delia’s life as a governess is meant to give her security and a hiding place from her part, although the pendant on her necklace rem Cornwall, England, 1811Through the word pictures in this novel, I feel I’ve visited Cornwall and walked the moors and the beaches with all its wild, untamed virtues. Delia’s life, because of circumstances, is like the savage but beautiful landscape—ever-changing, mysterious, severe, dramatic—anything but calm.Shrouded with mystery, even to the reader until the end, Delia’s life as a governess is meant to give her security and a hiding place from her part, although the pendant on her necklace reminds her of all that she has lost. Mr. Trethewey of Penwythe Hall has struggles of his own without the addition of five children and a governess who is surrounded with mystery.I loved everything about this novel. I’ve read many of Ladd’s books, and I’m happy to say this one is amazing too.
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book very much! This may be my favorite book by this author so far. There was suspense, likeable characters and romance. This all combined to make it a real page turner.
  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    This is my favorite Sarah E. Ladd book so far. I loved the characters and the setting. There was lots of danger and intrigue. The suspense kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. If you enjoy regency or historical mystery you won't want to miss this one. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.I received a copy of this book for free for the purpose of review.
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