Welcome to Celebrate Lit’s Book Tour for “The Governess of Penwythe Hall” by author Sarah E. Ladd. I hope you enjoy reading about this Regency romance. Be sure to enter the giveaway which is detailed at the bottom.
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.
About the Book
Book: The Governess of Penwythe Hall
Author: Sarah Ladd
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: April 16, 2019
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More About the Governess of Penwythe Hall
1. Throughout its early history, Cornwall’s inhabitants called the country Kernow.
2. Early inhabitants largely spoke their own language known as “Cornish,” which became nearly extinct in the 1800s
3. The country has a long and rugged coastline and there were frequent shipwrecks.
4. Fishing was a major industry, with herring, mackerel, and sardines being common catches.
5. In 1870, novelist and poet Thomas Hardy called Cornwall “the region of dream and mystery.”