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 time-worn 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 by Sarah E. Ladd is an entertaining historical book. Inside, I found a woman brokenhearted and pushed away. Sorrow, loss, and new beginnings fill her journey. Hope hangs in the air. A man dies, leaving behind his children to the care of their governess and his brother. Bad blood happened between the brothers years ago. Now, an uncle must learn how to deal with property in financial ruin, an apple orchard business, and now the dealings with his nieces and nephews. The governess spikes his interest immediately. But there is a mystery about her. Something sad keeps Cordelia from opening up and being herself. Jac is just the man to go about searching and maybe breaking her curse. Healing is on the horizon and maybe, love too. Overall, this was a beautiful tale. I couldn’t stop reading it. I recommend to all historical and Christian fiction lovers out there.