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LeAnneGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Story!July 8, 2019LeAnneGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With the threats that followed the death of her husband, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. But after a few years events arise that take her, and the children she cares for, dangerously close to where she came from. But she can not abandon the children now that they have lost both parents. Even if their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall, which is very close to the place she fled years earlier.
Jac Twethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall's old apple orchards and make his struggling estate profitable again. But Jac was not on the best of terms with his brother in recent years, so when his nieces and nephews suddenly show up with their governess unannounced he knows something must be wrong.
This was another wonderful book by Sarah E. Ladd! It had a good plot, and the story line went along at a great pace. I loved the mystery she threaded into the story, and the surprises along the way kept me turning pages for hours.
The characters were also nicely done, and the settings felt very real. I love books that draw you into their world, add a dash of adventure and mystery, and make you feel apart of a historical era gone by. It was a great book and I highly recommend it!
I received this book free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through the BookLook Bloggers book review program. The opinions are my own.
Although to be honest I feel like I should add that the free ebook they sent me was unusable. And sadly customer service was not able to help me, so I was forced to wait until I could get a paperback copy from my local library. Which would not be a bad thing, I love going to the library. But with the waiting list at the library it barely left me enough time to read the book, because of the deadline BookLook gave me for posting my review.
rkfall5 Stars Out Of 5The Governess of Penwythe HallJune 7, 2019rkfallThere was suspense and scary scenes, slithery snakes, intrigue, love, loss and sadness, romance, and change wrapped into this one. I loved the children. They were so precious to watch and experience. The landscape descriptions were breathtaking as were the dress descriptions to the ball. The character of the lead female was inspirational because of the loss she tasted and yet was willing to live on and still be happy. The book caused me to reflect on my relationships and their importance and wise choosing. I felt this was a great read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing!!!!May 24, 2019KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sqqqqquuuuueeeeeee!!!! THUD. I'm bruised from head to toe from all the body slams onto my fainting couch (I'm an energetic swooner when it comes to Gothic + Regency.) And...oh my...I'm still reeling in a kaleidoscopic state of tizziness after finishing this sublime read. It took me back to my early teens when I discovered a treasure trove of Victoria Holt and Phyllis A. Whitney books at my public library. I got that same thrill of anticipation as I started to read Governess of Penwythe Hall. I mean -- Cornish coast -- a struggling ancestral home -- a reticent hero -- smugglers -- danger! I feel a surge of fangirling excitement welling up inside of me just remembering it all!
"If you lean on your faith, you'll arrive at a destination created just for you."
And what a journey Ladd takes Jac and Delia on! Enticing descriptions and a mysterious ambiance lulled me into a stupor of bibliophile bliss. A romance that manages to be both sweet and passionate, the specter of danger, a shroud of mystery and cutthroat action -- all the elements essential for this genre with the added bonus of a gentle faith thread woven throughout. Sweet Perfection! And....
Sqqqquuuuueeeeeaaallllll!!!! It's the first book in the Cornwall series so start counting down the days until The Thief of Lanwyn Manor releases in January 2020!
IrenespringGender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Dreamy and engagingMay 14, 2019IrenespringGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Sarah E. Ladd has a special talent of creating novels that are both warm and engaging. After reading her latest release, The Governess of Penwythe Hall, that talent was reaffirmed to me. I've yet to read all of her books, but the few I have read has left an impression on my heart. And because her books are set in the regency era, I'm always excited to read more. With a story full of heart and soul, The Governess of Penwythe Hall is yet another novel of Ladd's that has impressed itself on my heart.
The beginning of this novel started off with an air of suspense that instantly swept me up into the story. I felt the feelings of the leading characters from beginning to end, which is something I really appreciated. I enjoyed walking the journey of love and discovery along with them, even when those discoveries were not pleasant. A small part of me wish the novel would have been longer just for the sake of getting more of the lead characters' story and maybe seeing them develop a deeper connection with the children. But thinking back, this novel ended well and at the right spot. And in a very dreamy manner
In summary, this novel was romantic. Romantic in the sense of all that matters family, faith, and home. I look forward to reading more from this series!
*Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for providing a free copy for my honest review. All thoughts expressed are my own.*
Kristen Johnson5 Stars Out Of 5A Thrilling REgencyMay 14, 2019Kristen JohnsonThe Governess of Penwythe Hall follows the story of Delia Greythorne as she is kicked out of her late husband's family home and must find a way to support herself. She becomes the governess of the five Twethewey children who are soon orphaned and are sent to live with their Uncle Jac.
Jac Twethewey wants nothing more than to prove to everyone that he can manage the orchard property of Penwythe Hall well enough to not let it sink into its debts. He gets the surprise of his life when five children, a governess, and a tutor appear at his doorstep. What he wasn't prepared for was how they would change his life in unseen and wonderful ways.
But not all is wonderful as secrets long held are slowly revealed and unscrupulous characters come to get what they think is theirs from Delia. She must do what she never thought she would do in order to save the people she loves.
This book was delightful from beginning to the exciting conclusion, and you won't want to stop reading until you know how it all turns out. Delia and Jac are delightful characters, and I appreciated that the children weren't just scene dressing. They very much moved and affected the plot.
The character I liked the best was Delia. She is such a sympathetic character, often pulled this way and that, as women were in that time. However, she is strong and often puts her foot down when it comes to the good of the children and her own independence. The character I liked the least was Mr. Simons, the boy's tutor. He's a rat and you'll have to read the book to find out what he did.
Ms. Ladd's writing is beautiful, easy to read, and carried me along with the story until the very end. One of my favorite quotes is: "Memories, like strikes of summer lightning, flashed and blinded." As I read, I felt like I was watching good friends go through hard times, and I wanted nothing more than to see everything turn out for them. Her descriptions of the settings were such that it made me want to fly on over to England to stay at Penwythe Hall, wander through the orchards, and visit the sea with Sophy.
I'm looking forward to Ms. Ladd's next book, The Thief of Lanwyn Manor, which follows one of the children from Penwythe Hall as a young woman. If you enjoy Regency romances, I highly recommend Sarah E. Ladd.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.