Julie KlassenBethany House / 2020 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$12.994.5 out of 5 stars for A Castaway in Cornwall. View reviews of this product. 40 Reviews
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alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5WonderfulOctober 20, 2021alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4A CASTAWAY IN CORNWELL
I do love a good adventure story. What's not to like? A storm, a ship wreck, a mysterious stranger washed up on the coastline.
Set in England in 1813, Laura Callaway walks along the Cornwall shore looking for items from shipwrecks that she can sell the help contribute to her Aunt and Uncles household. On the days after a storm she knows is the best time to find items, but when she happens upon a man in a tattered cloths and only half alive, she feels the need to help him. So she brings him into her Uncles home determined to find out who he is and where his home is.
As Alexander Carnell struggles to regain his strength, he is taken by the girl who has unknowingly put herself and her family at risk. He knows he must keep his identity a secret, but Laura see's more in him, than just an enemy of the British government.
I have to admit, I did have a little bit of a hard time with the first half of this book. In some parts it did seem to drag on, not really moving the story along and I did skim some pages. But in the second half of the story it did seem to pick up considerably. I read the second half in half the time it took me to read the first half.
As far as the actual story went it is a fairly simple plot, guy wants to get home, girl wants to help him and together they overcome the bad guy and in the process fall in love. I love Regency stories. There are not to many out there so I tend to savor the ones that are.
As a couple Laura and Alex were adorable! I truly enjoyed seeing their relationship bloom and grow. They worked well together, each helping the other with their strengths and their weaknesses.
At the end of each chapter the author includes a bit of literature from that time period. I thought it was a cleaver bit to tie up each chapter.
I would definitely recommend this book to any reader that likes historical fiction.
Melmo2610Buffalo MOAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Fantastic!September 4, 2021Melmo2610Buffalo MOAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have a new favorite Julie Klassen novel!! This book was just wonderful, with its mystery plot line and its great characters. I had trouble putting this book down because I wanted to know what happened next. I also loved the location and settings of this novel. I really want to visit Cornwall and Jersey after reading this story! Basically this was a pretty perfect read for me. And that cover is gorgeous! My hard copy of this book is a beautiful addition for my keeper shelf.
nana5 Stars Out Of 5A very worthwhile readAugust 17, 2021nanaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is thought-provoking, interesting, and wonderful from the first page to the last.
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Treasure From the Sea!May 7, 2021MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book just swept me away! From the prologue, where Laura wonders if she is flotsam or jetsam, to the epilogue, where she realizes she is truly treasure, Julie Klassen takes her readers on a wonderful voyage of faith and discovery. I love the epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter, and the way they tie this fictional romance to history. Nothing trite, nothing simplified or unrealistically easy, this book is a keeper. Each character is well developed and adds to the tang of this seaside story. And the ending is as satisfying as finding an eloquent message in a bottle on the shore.
Looking back over the past year's reading, I owe much gratitude to Julie Klassen for the many hours I've spent reveling in her thoughtful stories. The dimensions of history, faith, and romance come together so beautifully that she is one of those few authors whose work I will automatically put on my TBR list.
reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A fun, interesting readMarch 2, 2021reliWIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Laura Callaway is an orphan that was sent to live in Cornwall. Here she finds the culture and people different from what she was used to and she struggles to fit in and feel accepted.
She makes a hobby of looking for flotsam and jetsam along the shores where shipwrecks are quite common. I found the definitions of flotsam and jetsam interesting. Flotsam is goods floating on the sea where a ship sunk and jetsam is anything that was purposely cast out of the ship in hopes of saving the ship. She tried to find the owners of the things she found if it was at all possible.
And one night she rescues a man who struggled to shore after a ship wrecked on rocks. But who is this man and is he really who he says is and can he be trusted? For the answers to that, you will have to read the book.
This book, while classified as historical fiction, is mostly fictional, but yet loosely based on things that could have happened in that era of time. Tom Parsons, a wrecker, was a real person though not much is known about him. There also was a church who was buried in sand and shipwrecks were common along the coastline and because not many people could swim back then, many people would die as a result of these shipwrecks.
I also enjoy Julie Klassen's writings and try to read all her new books as they come out. Someday I am hoping to read all her backlist as well. They are well-written and often pretty thick and there is something satisfying about that combination.
I received this book from Bethany House via NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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