The Governess of Penwythe Hall

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 16 May 2019

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'Fear is a bitter, vile enemy---it will rob you of today's joys and steal your strength to fight for your purpose.'

Sarah E. Ladd brings us a very good start to a new series set in Cornwall. I have loved her books since her very first and look forward to what she has next for her readers.

Cornwall, England, 1811. Cordelia Greythorne has escaped Cornwall after being blamed for her husband's death and taken a position as a governess. Three years later, the unexpected death of the children's father and mother leave her without a job, but the late father has asked her to remain with his children as a last request. He has left guardianship of his five children to his estranged brother, Jac Trethewey, who lives in Cornwall at Penwythe Hall, the home many felt should have been his older brother's.

Cordelia fears her late husband's family, who also live in Cornwall, but she is determined to provide a safe environment for the children. Jac Trethewey wants to restore Penwythe's apple orchards into a flourishing business, but is concerned about the new venture he plans to try. He is completely shocked when he finds out that he has the care of his five nieces and nephews. 

There are many secrets here and danger abounding. Ladd once again takes her readers on a fascinating journey into the coast and moors of Cornwall. She brings the landscape and characters alive with her rich prose and descriptions, all the while giving us a rich spiritual theme. Highly recommended.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers via Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Sarah E. Ladd does not disappoint in the 1st book of her new series. Delia Greythorne's story grabbed me from the 1st page. This is a quick read and the story has a fast pace that keeps you turning pages until the last one. Delia's story is one of new beginnings; and finding love again. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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I loved this book! In the beginning it was sad I didn’t know if I would like it I love how the author describes places. She made me feel like I was there and could picture it so well! Delia and Jac are wonderful characters! I just love them! The story line was great! Lots of twists and turns and thing is didn’t suspect.  I didn’t want the story to end!
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The Governess of Penwythe Hall begins Sarah E Ladd’s new series, Cornwall. Readers are taken back in time to 1811 Cornwall, England and introduced to the widow, Cordelia Greysthorne. She finds herself being accused of her husband’s death and has to escape the town. She ends up at Penwythe Hall. She becomes a governess for nieces and newphews of the hall’s owner, Jac Trethewey. Can Delia find peace and forget the past in her new life?

I enjoyed The Governess of Penwythe Hall. It involves so much that I enjoy in a book: adventure, action, danger, mystery, suspense, history, and romance. Once I began reading, I had a hard time putting it down. I just had to know what would happen to Jac and Delia next. 

I am giving The Governess of Penwythe Hall four stars. I look forward to the next installment from the Cornwall series. I recommend this one for readers who enjoy clean, historical fiction.
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This book was written in such a way that I could easily envision the setting. The description of the sights and smells truly had me feeling like I had already strolled through a apple orchard in Cornwall!
I was very happy to receive a copy of this book, because I like reading stories about life as a Governess, I am a nanny myself and I enjoy stories with a similar situation.
While the writing was fine, I was never able to get into the book that much. I didn't "feel" the characters or relate to them very much.
I had also hoped that the romance would be a bit stronger part of the book, and it wasn't. If you like Regency area fiction, with less romance and vivid description, this may be a good fit for you.
I received a copy of this book from the Publisher through Netgalley. My opinion is my own.
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“A biting gust of Cornish wind screamed downward from the churning sky, billowing Cordelia Greythorne’s jet-black traveling cape. She reached to secure the hood atop her head, and as she did, her grip on her valise slackened. The heavy bag plummeted to the snow-laden ground below. Through a veil of tears, Delia looked to the satchel, and the sharp burning in her lungs reminded her to breathe.”

This is my first Sarah E. Ladd novel and the first in a new series, and what a great beginning The Governess of Penwythe Hall is! I fell in love with this novel within minutes and the writing is so emotive, the pages flew past. Delia is an endearing, multi-layered character who endures so much in her journey, she has an air of Jane Eyre about her. Our leading man, Jac, is a grounded, country man who doesn’t be have airs and graces. The two come together to raise the five children left in their care. This focus gives both new purpose and an appreciation for familial love.

Amidst the grief and adjustment to the new situation, mystery and something sinister lurks in the Cornish coast haunting Delia and creating trouble for the family. No sooner had I settled into a family drama when it become an adventure! This novel really is a treat. Jac’s aunt is probably my favourite though, sharing her Christian wisdom and bringing a light-heartedness to the story.

It’s a five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale and I highly recommend this one, it’s a delight not to be missed!
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Hello!  I love this book! I also love the writing from this author, Sara E. Ladd! She never disappoints! Her choices of words and phrasing serve to transport the reader such that one fully believes oneself to be living within the book, within the time period. And I think the concept of the apple orchard works extremely well! Truly unique! The chemistry between the hero and heroine is just lovely! I definitely recommend this book, and, while I read the copy digitally, I still want to buy and own the physical book once it is released. Love the cover!! Perfect representation of the story!! :)
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This book got off to a great start.  It was intense with a hint of mystery and raised a lot of questions.  When Cordelia’s husband dies and she’s blamed for it in part, Cordelia leaves her home to become a governess.  When circumstances change and she ends up back in Cornwall, the danger she thought she’d left behind finds her once again.  But will it also endanger the people she’s come to love?  
This is a story of betrayal and secrets, grief, and second chances to make things right.   The action and story kept moving along although I wish there had been a little more danger as the beginning seemed to promise.  There was some, don’t get me wrong, but I thought it would play a little more prominent role in the book. 
It was an interesting read but I felt like it was a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  It had a little romance, a little mystery, a little suspense.  I think it could have been stronger if it had been focused and developed more on one of those areas. 
Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me with a complimentary e-copy. All opinions are my own.
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As the story opens, the heroine Delia flees danger, leaving her family in Cornwall behind. She is then employed as a governess for five lovely children, but upon the death of their father, she returns to Cornwall with the children, to take up residence with their Uncle Jac.

Sarah Ladd's prose is lovely, fluid and grammatically correct. The characters are well-drawn and the Regency period is accurately portrayed. While the h Delia, and the H Jac, were wonderful, Liam's transformation of grieving, angry teen to responsible big brother was touching. I love governess stories, although there's no insane wife in the attic. Thanks to Daphne Du Maurier, stories set in Cornwall fascinate me. Cornwall and smuggling seemed to go hand in hand during Regency times, as well. The descriptions of the moors, cliffs and caves were vivid. 

There are several deaths in this novel, most were sad, one, not so much. One of the character's betrayal caught me by surprise. There was a lack of resolution for one of the subplots. I was never quite sure how to pronounce "Twethewey".

I understand this is the first book in a new series, and I look forward to reading the next installment.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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I have never read a Sarah E. Ladd that I did not instantly fall in love with and The Governess of Penwythe Hall is no exception! At the very onset, I was drawn to Delia and her quiet strength. Delia has walked through multiple hardships in her life and remains lovingly resilient. She dearly loves the children she is hired to govern and helps them walk through their pain and suffering, even to her own detriment. Jac provides friendship, safety, and stability that brings both Delia and the children out from the walls guarding their hearts. A must-read story of redemption, forgiveness and moving forward with new chances.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Overall, my feelings on this book are a little mixed. I love Sarah Ladd's writing, but this book didn't quite feel the same for me. The ending seemed a little rushed compared to the rest of the book (everything is tied up rather nicely in a short amount of time while getting the "mystery" uncovered drags out for quite some time). 

The dedication of the main character, Delia, and her love for the children she oversees is wonderful. She is definitely one to be admired. When their uncle enters the picture and quickly grows to love them - also sweet. Delia has a mysterious past that is slowly unveiled over the course of the story, but at times it is rather slow, especially since it isn't that sinister - only the family she married into and had no control over. 

The relationship that develops between the two main characters is touching. The inclusion of Jac's ventures with the cider mill and letting the children be involved in the land/farming was also great. 

Where I started losing it (and the book began speeding through a bit too quickly) was when Delia has to help lead the authorities to the hiding place. Mentally I'm trying to picture how she (in a dress) is doing all this fancy maneuvering on a cliff to get into a cave they had to crouch down to crawl through and yet could move large crates of silver out of, seemingly easily. She is able to make a quick escape - again, in the pitch black of night in a dress. It just seems so unrealistic on so many levels. 

Otherwise the rest of the story was wonderful, I'm personally just a little bit done with heroines having to be a part of the "action" in a sense when it borders on unrealistic.
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This book was such a great read I would highly recommend it! It had suspense, mystery, intrigue, and a hint of romance in it, spun into a wonderful read! 

 I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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This was a good book. I don't think I've ever read anything by this author before, but I could be wrong. Either way, I know this won't be the last I read by this author. I found the characters to be very interesting and the plot engaging. I will admit that I really struggled getting into the story at first. I enjoyed it, but I was having a hard time dragging myself through the first part. But after that, I loved it. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot.  I will likely reread this book!

I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
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A well written debut novel that does a good job with the plight of women during this time.  In a marriage she was unprepared for Delia makes the best of the situation,   When she finds herself suddenly on her own, and essentially exiled by her family she must make her own way in the world.  Her life as a governess is filled with trials and joy that will keep you entertained until the end.
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Sarah E. Ladd is surely one of the most solid voices in the Regency world.
Her respect for the era and it's traditions is amazing as she pens maybe not your so common Regency plot.
She has one of authors I most look forward to read.

In "The Governess of Penwythe Hall", it might seem at first that the gorgeous cover is trying to deceive from a story thick in grief and regrets as the first pages of this book suggests. But it truly is a story of blossoming.
In first instance it is a floursihing to your full potential, but it's much more - it's about learning steadfastness despite circumstances, learning to love so deeply it covers multitude of mistakes, and becoming a refuge to those who most need it.

Beautifully crafted! I'm very much looking forward to the next in the series.
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After thoroughly enjoying The Weaver's Daughter, I was looking forward to beginning Sarah E. Ladd's most recent series. Alas, I was not disappointed. 

The Governess of Penwythe Hall was another take on the overwhelmingly popular governess-falls-for-the-master plotline. Though I've read a great many of those lately, the twists in the plot were original enough that I enjoyed reading the story all the same. What's more, the quality of the characters was fantastic, and really drew me in to Ladd's newly developed world. 
Overall, I was pleased, and I'll definitely look forward to future installments in The Cornwall Series. 
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Just when you think this author can't get any better, she does it. This was hands down my favourite so far, and, I said that about the last book! Starting off a new series set in what is the most beautiful of English Counties, Cornwall. Any fans of Poldark will be familiar with the gorgeous rocky coastline, beautiful secluded beaches, cliffs, storms and of course the history of smuggling. Jamaica Inn was one of my favourite reads in my late teens, and I visited the Inn itself. The moors are stunning, and vast and certainly not a place you would want to find yourself wandering at night. Especially not in the time period this book is set in. This is the perfect setting for this story. The heroine has lots of secrets the reader does not know about, and the hero is just perfect in every single way. 

The added dimension of the orphaned children, and her current position as their governess added such a richness to this story - and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is not to be missed. There are so many great author's in this genre and I would say Sarah Ladd is right at the top. Beautiful cover, even more amazing story within. I was enjoying this so much, I didn't want to put it down, nor did I want it to end. 

I received a eARC from Netgalley. This is my honest review.
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The cover of this first book in the newest series by Sarah E. Ladd is stunning. If you've never read anything by Sarah Ladd, this cover should make you want to!  If I could continually "live" in Regency time period novels I totally would and Sarah Ladd is one of my favorite Regency romance authors. She never fails to transport me to another time and place...I even found myself pronouncing certain words (like "privacy") as the British would. 

Battling your fears in a major theme that runs throughout The Governess of Penwythe Hall: fear of the future, fear of loss, fear of pain, fear of unheard prayer. You will love getting to know the Twethewey family, even if you never figure out how to pronounce their last name. Jac is a swoon-worthy hero and the children will capture your heart. I enjoyed the twists and turns and the element of mystery and danger that was woven throughout the novel. It was a heartwarming and intriguing page turner!  I thoroughly enjoyed reading this first installment in the Cornwall series and I can't wait to read what Sarah Ladd has in store for her readers next!

The Governess of Penwythe Hall will be available for purchase from your local or online book retailer April 16, 2019

Thank you Thomas Nelson and Net Galley for the free copy of The Governess of Penwythe Hall. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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Author Sarah Ladd sucks you right into the story from the first. You feel like you're right there cheering for Delia and Jac and the children and shuddering at the evil that threatens them. The characters felt like friends--and enemies! Ms. Ladd does a terrific job telling a story. Can't wait to read more from her!
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I enjoyed this book very much! This may be my favorite book by this author so far. There was suspense, likeable characters and romance. This all combined to make it a real page turner.
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