The Governess of Penwythe Hall

The Governess of Penwythe Hall

Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.Cornwall, England, 1811Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now th...

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Title:The Governess of Penwythe Hall
Author:Sarah E. Ladd
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  • Sarah Grace Grzy

    This has made me supremely happy and was just what I needed. Also, that Pride and Prejudice-esque ending had me smiling muchly.

    This is the first book I have read by Sarah E. Ladd, so I had no idea what to expect. I was blown away! First I fell in love with Ladd’s effortless writing style. While not being overly wordy, it was poetically beautiful and fit the time period perfectly. Same with the dialogue. So often the dialogue in historical books can sound too modern, but this author does a beaut

    This has made me supremely happy and was just what I needed. Also, that Pride and Prejudice-esque ending had me smiling muchly.

    This is the first book I have read by Sarah E. Ladd, so I had no idea what to expect. I was blown away! First I fell in love with Ladd’s effortless writing style. While not being overly wordy, it was poetically beautiful and fit the time period perfectly. Same with the dialogue. So often the dialogue in historical books can sound too modern, but this author does a beautiful job making the characters actually sound like they’re living in the time period the book is set in.

    Secondly, the characters. I fell in love with them too! Delia is such a tenderhearted and selfless character, yet she still wrestles with her own demons from the past. I found myself relating to her a lot. Jac is an equally fabulous character and the perfect counterpart to Delia. I feel like sometimes the depth of the male love interest’s character can get lost, but not so in this one. Jac was his own man and I loved both characters separately and together. The children were also adorable, particularly Sophy. I did feel like their story got a little lost at the end, and I would have liked to see a little more wrapped up with them, but it was only a minor issue.

    The story is not very fast paced, but I quickly became so invested in the characters that it wasn’t a problem. The mystery and intrigue that gets introduced about halfway through the book piqued my interest even further, and the end climax is intense and gripping. The faith themes, while very much in the background, were extremely well done. I might have preferred them to be slightly more prominent, but this was far better than the “preachiness” some books can take on.

    From the cover to the last page, The Governess of Penwythe Hall is a beautiful and intriguing story that I highly recommend to lovers of historical fiction! This one is going on my favorites shelf. Well done, Ms. Ladd!

  • Sarah Sundin

    Set on the dramatic Cornish coast, The Governess of Penwythe Hall is more than a Regency-governess story. Danger! Secrets! Smugglers! The combination of romance and intrigue makes for a fun tale, and once again Sarah Ladd shows the effect of growing industrialization on rural England, a historical touch that I enjoyed. Delia and Jac are endearing characters, and the themes of overcoming grief and guilt add depth. I highly recommend this novel.

  • Staci

    Lovely! My new favorite Ladd novel.

    In The Governess of Penwythe Hall, readers are taken to a new location during the Regency time period: Cornwall. There is the feel of the nearby seashore in the pages of this novel.

    Widowed Delia Greythorne takes a position as a governess as the best option available. She comes to love the children and build a life with them. Her prior family is lurking in the shadows with ill intent.

    This novel has romance, mystery, vivid imagery and lovely writing.

    My gratitude

    Lovely! My new favorite Ladd novel.

    In The Governess of Penwythe Hall, readers are taken to a new location during the Regency time period: Cornwall. There is the feel of the nearby seashore in the pages of this novel.

    Widowed Delia Greythorne takes a position as a governess as the best option available. She comes to love the children and build a life with them. Her prior family is lurking in the shadows with ill intent.

    This novel has romance, mystery, vivid imagery and lovely writing.

    My gratitude to publisher Thomas Nelson for a complimentary ARC of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Beth

    In The Governess of Penwythe Hall, Ladd’s trademark handling of setting, characters, and romance are back in full force. The harsh landscape of Cornwall comes to life, complete with its dramatic coastline and the seemingly endless moors. This is just the place that widow and governess Delia Greythorne is forced back to after the death of her employer. Cornwall, a place of heartache for her, might hold the keys to moving on with her life, if she can combat dangers arising from her past.

    After a sl

    In The Governess of Penwythe Hall, Ladd’s trademark handling of setting, characters, and romance are back in full force. The harsh landscape of Cornwall comes to life, complete with its dramatic coastline and the seemingly endless moors. This is just the place that widow and governess Delia Greythorne is forced back to after the death of her employer. Cornwall, a place of heartache for her, might hold the keys to moving on with her life, if she can combat dangers arising from her past.

    After a slow start, it was hard for me to put this one down. The plot builds nicely, each element building on another to create an entertaining read. Delia is a strong character, but not unrealistically so. She is fully aware of her position in the world, but still retains her dignity. One of my favorite parts of the story is the blossoming relationship between Jac Tretheway, Penwythe Hall’s owner, and the orphaned children. His priorities must shift, and I enjoyed his shift from duty to love.

    This is a lovely opening to Sarah E. Ladd’s new series, and I eagerly await The Thief of Lanwyn Manor’s release in 2020. Recommended to fans of historical romance with a healthy dose of intrigue and a dash of suspense.

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This review is my honest opinion.

  • ✨ Gramy ✨

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    This was an even-keeled historical romance with an inspirational Christian message woven lightly into the plotline. I personally felt there were mixed messages. As I painstakingly waded through the introduction of characters and change of environments, I cringed while hoping the story would eventually grab my attention. It finally came, but it was well into the story and then wavered on and off.

    ..

    This was an even-keeled historical romance with an inspirational Christian message woven lightly into the plotline. I personally felt there were mixed messages. As I painstakingly waded through the introduction of characters and change of environments, I cringed while hoping the story would eventually grab my attention. It finally came, but it was well into the story and then wavered on and off.

    Actually, there wasn't a lot of character growth, with the exception of the children's Uncle Jac. Jac endeared himself to them and ensuring their safety and happiness daily. I did appreciate the deep feelings of affection that Delia had for the children and her compassion in their lives. jac and Deliah share a common goal in their love of the children and striving for their best interests. However, the chemistry between was only revealed in a short burst here or there.

    👍 OLT: This was relatively well written (grammar, spelling, etc.) but underdeveloped, with an unimaginative plot and boring characters. All in all, I found the reading to be dull as ditchwater.

    👍 Bree: Predictable, boring, silly ending, no character development, repetitious, weak storyline...but if it's all you have in the house, the writing, for the most part, is grammatically correct and the scenery nicely written. I've never read so much action in a character's eyes. You can swim in them, see storms brewing, dive into them, get lost, feel them pulling you, so deep you may not come back....and then there are the colors but I'm too tired to list them.

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