My favorite genre is historical/romance and THE GOVERNESS AT PENWYTHE HALL is a delight
that did not disappoint. Set in 1808 in Cornwall, England, Robert
Greythorne dies and his widow, Cordelia is blamed for his death -
accused of keeping a secret and is promptly banished from Greythorne
House by his hate-filled mother, Ada. As Delia attempts to board the
coach for the beginning of her new life alone, she is accosted by her
hysterical mother-in-law screaming at her, "Never return to Cornwall.
You have betrayed my son. A curse on you. The family will never forgive
Three years later, Delia lives at Easten Park in Yorkshire where she is
hired to be the governess to the five children Mr. and Mrs. Randall
Tretheway. Death has calmed their mother and their father is fighting
for his life after falling from his horse. When he dies, his will is a
complete surprise and shock: the children and their governess are to
live with his estranged bother Jac, at Penwythe Hall in Cornwall. Jac
has been struggling to restore the estate he inherited, and he is trying
to make ends meet through the apple orchards and using the cider mill.
When his five nieces and nephews and Delia show up, Jac has no idea
what his brother was thinking. He has no idea what to do with children
and he can't stop staring at the beautiful Delia...
Sarah E. Ladd is a sterling storyteller. Our heroine, Delia has so many
secrets. In addition to protecting and loving her five wards, she is
coping with grief, loss, and fears of her past and fighting hard to regain
her faith. She begins to talk to God like she used to do. She is also
having feelings toward Jac and wonders if the attraction is affecting
him too? She loves the tranquility of the country estate, but will her
past catch up with her living so close to Greythorne House? When it
does, she fights hard with Jac close by and resolves the fears she has
been hiding for so long. Justice is served, a forever love is discovered
and a future together looks rosy. I loved the book and look toward the
sequel, coming soon, I hope. Great job, Ms. Ladd!
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.
“My kind of book! The premise grabbed my attention from the
first lines, and I eagerly returned to its pages. I think my
readers will enjoy The Heiress of Winterwood.” —Julie
Klassen, bestselling, award-winning author
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