Friday, March 12, 2021

The Governess of Penwythe Hall (The Cornwall Novels - Book 1) Reviewed

Cornwall Novels
I recently started reading the Cornwall Novels by Sarah E Ladd and thus far, I have really enjoyed all of them.  The stories begin in Cornwall, England, 1811, which is a fabulous setting for historical fiction.
The first book, "The Governess of Penwythe", is an excellent foundation for the series. Delia Greythorne is the governess of five children, but she is more than just a governess.  She is the one constant in the children's lives.  When both of their parents die, they must leave their home and everything they are familiar with, to live with their uncle who they hardly know and do not trust. Unfortunately, returning to Cornwall is the one thing Delia never wanted. Her very life hangs in the balance. 

The Governess of Penwythe Hall Book 1 Synopsis

 The Governess of Penwythe Hall
(The Cornwall Novels)
The opening scenes in this book are in Cornwall (1808) and Cordelia (Delia) Greythorne is leaving her home. Recently widowed, her husband's family not only blames her for his death, but believes she knows more than she is telling. Her mother-in-law follows her to the carriage and hurls final insults at Delia.  The Greythorne family has many secrets, all of which Delia knows, and that makes her a threat to them. They want her gone and perhaps would kill her if she didn't have valuable information they needed.  
Delia starts a new life as governess to the Twethewey family in Easten Park, Yorkshire which is just far enough away from Cornwall for Delia to feel safe.
Randall Twethewey is a wealthy widower with 5 children.  When he is seriously injured in a horseback riding accident, he has a new will written.  Originally, his children were supposed to go live with his sister-in-law, Beatrice, but he worried that her husband would run through the children's inheritance.  With death pending, he decided to make his estranged brother, Jac, the children's guardian.  He also met with the children's tutor, Hugh Simon, and governess to pay them to stay with his children so they would have the two adults they depended upon and trusted so much with them throughout the transition into a new home with an almost unknown guardian.
While not as wealthy as his brother, Jac Twethewey owns Penwythe Hall, which was actually the reason for the breach between brothers.  As the oldest brother, Randall expected to inherent Penwythe Hall, but their benefactor left it to Jac instead.  Randall believed Jac had cheated him out of his proper inheritance.  Once you get to know Jac, you know he didn't cheat anyone out of anything.  Their Uncle Angrove simply believed Jac would be a better overseer of Penwythe Hall and left it to him.

Life as they knew it was about to change for everyone. None of them would remain untouched by the necessary move, including their unsuspecting Uncle Jac who had no way of knowing of his brother's death prior to the children's arrival at Penwythe Hall.

However, in Cornwall, their governess was most at risk.


Once You Have Read the First Book in this Series, You Will Want More!

 The Cornwall NovelsCheck Price The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Book 1)Check Price The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Book 2)Check Price The Light at Wyndcliff (Book 3)Check Price


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  1. This sounds like an intriquing novel and I too love historical fiction. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. Now you've gone and done it - given me an irresistible scenario in 1800 Cornwell involving children, a mystery, the beautiful Cornish countryside, and, of course, a love story. The Cornwell novels sound like a fascinating read, Sylvestermouse. Thanks for your review.

  3. I do love historical fiction and this is just another one of your most compelling reviews that makes me want more for sure. This book sounds very interesting with some mystery added in. Thanks!

  4. Oh now what an intriguing novel!I am sure I would enjoy this and adding to my ever growing list of books I want to read! Cornwall is beautiful and the characters sound very interesting. Thank you for this review.

  5. Oh I like the sounds of this story Miss Sylvestermouse! You know what it takes to hook me in. I will have to look into these books as they sound interseting without being too "deep". Just sounds like a really nice way to spend time in a book. Thank you!

  6. I’m also a huge fan of historical fiction, as you know, and Regency romances, in particular. (With this set-up, I can’t imagine that Delia and Jac wouldn’t end up falling for each other - or with other equally special people - eventually!) Finding a great new series is always a joy, and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in this one. Thanks so much for the intriguing review and recommendation!

  7. oh this book sounds really interesting. You had me hooked through the entire review. In fact, I'm curious about what happens to the governess and children now. I know I would enjoy this type of story, and better yet, in movie format! Would make a great movie.

  8. Ms Mouse, over time I have read some of the historical fiction novels you have reccommended and have enjoyed them. This sounds like another interesting read!

  9. Sounds like an interesting book, Cynthia. I agree there are some pretty amazing historical fiction stories set in this time period.


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