A Stranger's Secret, Cliffs of Cornwall Series #2
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Upon learning of his father's death, David pursues answers to the many questions left in his father's wake: Why was his father in Cornwall when he said he would be in Scotland? Why did he die in possession of a medallion belonging to a prominent Cornwall family? Why did his father take money from the family's ship-building business? And why did someone kill him? Only after waking up at the Penvenan estate under Morwenna's care do the pieces start falling together.
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Cliffs of Cornwall
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As a grieving young widow, Morwenna only wants a quiet life for herself and her son. Until a man washes ashore, entangling her in a web of mystery that could threaten all she holds dear.
Lady Morwenna Trelawny Penvenan indulged in her fair share of dalliances in her youth, but now that she's the widowed mother to the heir of the Penvenan title, she's desperate to polish her reputation. When she's accused of deliberately luring ships to crash on the rocks to steal the cargo, Morwenna begins an investigation to uncover the real culprits and stumbles across an unconscious man lying in the sea's foama man wearing a medallion with the Trelawny crest around his neck.
The medallion is a mystery to David Chastain, a boat builder from Somerset. All David knows is that his father was found dead in Cornwall with the medallion in his possession after lying and stealing his family's money. And he knows the widow who rescued him is impossibly beautifuland likely the siren who caused the shipwreck in the first placeas well as the hand behind whoever is trying to murder David.
As Morwenna nurses David back to health and tries to learn how he landed on her beach, suspicion and pride keep their growing attraction at bay. But can they join together to save Morwenna's name and estate and Davids life? Can they acknowledge the love they are both trying to deny?
Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a masters degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University. She now has nearly two dozen books in print. Laurie Alice lives with her husband in Houston, Texas, with sundry lovable dogs and cats.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Exquisite readAugust 13, 2015KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Regency meets Gothic along the rugged cliffs of Cornwall. Those three things alone sent me into rapid reader rapture. Add in the fact that the author is Laurie Alice Eakes and I was in such a dizzy delirium it's a wonder I could read a word. But I managed -- read every last delicious one while alternately swooning and fuming along the way.
This is the second book in the Cliffs of Cornwall series. I think it reads well as a standalone, but you'll 'get' Morwenna (and the complicated Trelawny clan) better if you've read A Lady of Honor.
I love the intensity of Eakes stories. The way she builds suspense. And painstakingly dishes out tidbits of juicy clues. Keeps me riveted every time. And the romance -- impossible and adversarial one minute, sweet and tender the next. Then there's the fainting couch worthy kisses. Oh my! Exquisite read from beginning to end.
oktobemeOklahomaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Stranger's Secret Review by Karen HadleyJuly 27, 2015oktobemeOklahomaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Stranger's Secret" by Laura Alice Eakes
This is book two in this series! You will definitely want to readA Stranger's Secret
the first book but this will also work as a stand alone book as
well. Laura Alice Eakes is a talented writer and I enjoy each one
of her books. (And she has many). The story of Morwenna (don't
you just love that name) and her struggle to do everything for
herself with the help of two trusted servants backfires and she
realizes that she can forgive them and its okay to allow them
to help her. What a hero is David! I hope she writes another in
this series for I would like to see how Mihal (another great name)
grows up and meets his future bride. Mihal is Morwenna's baby.
Keep The Books Coming Alice!
VISIT HER AT LAURIEALICEEAKES.COM
gracefulAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 54.5 StarsJuly 6, 2015gracefulAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Cornwall 1813
I was captivated from the very beginning. Lady Morewenna Penvenan has just found a gentleman, who is wearing her family's crest, washed along the shores after a shipwreck. Morewenna nurses him but how can he trust her with his secrets even when he begins to care for her?
I would recommend reading the first book in the series, A Lady's Honor. However, the author does a good job recapping the previous events in this book.
Morewenna allows her pride and stubbornness to get in the way of asking her wealthy grandparents for help and is determined to succeed on her own. This well-written inspirational Regency is filled with mystery, secrets and a great cast.
Subtle inspirational message of forgiveness and love. I did feel there was a little repetition throughout the book.
Thanks to the author for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
Lady GodivaUK,Age: 25-34Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Some improvement, but still some weaknessesJuly 2, 2015Lady GodivaUK,Age: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A Strangers Secret is the sixth book I have read by this author. In some ways, I might say it was better than the previous title in series, with its somewhat worn characterization of the superfluous and wonderful American hero. Morwenna was an interesting character in the last book, and is the protagonist in this one, which made things somewhat more interesting to see her come into her own, and her perspective on events.
I am sure though that her sons name was changed- Im sure I remember her calling him Conan after his father in the last one- but now hes called Mihal- some kind of Cornish version of Michael, apparently.
As for the hero- well like most in romance novels is was hugely handsome- though not as annoyingly sanctimonious as Rowan Curnow from the last book, and was at least credible. Except perhaps his Somerset accent.
There were also some wonderfully evocative and realistic depictions of the Cornish landscape, with some exiting scenes- but- I could say the first part of the novel was better. By the end I felt that the mystery was drawn out for too long, and events as well as the characters actions and responses became too predictable and repetitive. I mean David was poisoned something like three times- and the device of every chapter, or almost every chapter, having to end with some dramatic event or cliff-hanger just didnt always work for me. Could this reader be forgiven for mentioning Drama at the expense of other aspects of good storytelling?
Sadly also, this novel seemed to have a lot of the clichs of romantic fiction, with characters kissing and touching at really inappropriate or illogical moments- including in company- beating themselves up about how it was totally unseemly- then doing it again. I also found some of the characters attitudes annoyingly inconsistent. Morwennas grandparents for instance seemed to be presented as loving and having her best interests at heart one minute- then shortly after she would be griping about how authoritarian they were. I have noticed that a few other books by this author seem to level the same accusation at authority figures such as parents- and it times it seems to be for no other reason than that they wont let the protagonist do what they want- even if its dangerous, stupid or illogical, because it goes against their ideas of personal freedom.
On a personal level, I did not appreciate the passage in which one of the characters was scornful of the idea of freedom and equality- saying another character who believed it was as bad as an American- which seemed to be implying that such ideas were alien and abhorrent to proper high-born Brits. To me, this seems a very arrogant notion, suggesting that Americans invented freedom and had some kind of monopoly on it. American readers might attack me for this- but I as a Brit don't like having such an idea conveyed in a work of fiction- not least because its incorrect.
Gripes aside, I would say this book was a marginal improvement on the last one, which annoyed me for several reasons which were mostly not present here. It is honestly not a bad novel, I just dont think its that brilliant or has much to make it stand out from the crowd. Certainly worth reading as a decent regency with an interesting backdrop and a solid Christian theme. This series and author are not personal favourites, but others make like them better.
I received a free Kindle Edition of this book from Zondervan via Booklookbloggers for review. I was not required to write a positive one and all opinions expressed are my own.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Slow and unengagingJune 28, 2015IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 1Widowed Lady Morwenna Trelawny Penvanan wants nothing more than to be left in her rundown mansion, but her grandparents want her to move back to their estate or marry one of her pursuers. Plans change when she finds a shipwreck survivor on her private beach, a strange man with the Trelawny family crest on his pendant.
David Chastain is a shipbuilder who has travelled to Cornwell to try and solve the mystery of his fathers death, and the disappearance of their familys money. But now hes injured and in the care of an angel
A Stranger's Secret never engaged me. I didnt understand why Morwenna chose to live in the rundown Penvanan when her grandparents lived in luxury only a short distance away, and where where her parents? These questions were answered, but not until too late for my liking (and I had read the first book in the series, A Ladys Honor, so that wasnt the reason).
I found the first three-quarters of the novel very slow, which wasnt helped by Morwennas overlong interior monologue (which still didnt give any information about how she got into her situation, or why she wouldnt accept help). David wasnt any better: late in the book, we found out he knew more than hed let on, which was a problem I had with the first book in the series as well. In contrast, the ending was fasttoo fast. I never felt as though I got to know either character.
The historical research and sense of time and place was excellent, as were the Christian themes. However, I found some of the writing to be overly complex, almost archaic, even for a novel set during the Regency. There were several times when I found myself reading and rereading sentences in order to understand what was being said. I never had that problem reading Jane Austen.
Overall, I found A Strangers Secret a struggle to finish, because it took so long to get interesting and I felt no connection with any of the characters.
Thanks to Zondervan and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.