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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  • Kelly Tyree

    The Governess of Penwythe Hall is a beautifully written book about starting over. It focuses on a governess, Cordelia "Delia" Greythorne, who is governess to children that she has come to love. When the children's father dies, he makes her promise to go with the children as they go to live with his brother and be their governess there. Delia moves with the children to Penwythe Hall to live with an uncle that they barely know.

    Jac Trethewey is surprised when he learns the brother that he quarrele

    The Governess of Penwythe Hall is a beautifully written book about starting over. It focuses on a governess, Cordelia "Delia" Greythorne, who is governess to children that she has come to love. When the children's father dies, he makes her promise to go with the children as they go to live with his brother and be their governess there. Delia moves with the children to Penwythe Hall to live with an uncle that they barely know.

    Jac Trethewey is surprised when he learns the brother that he quarreled with has died and that he has left his children to his care. Jac is busy trying to get the orchard to make a profit at Penwythe Hall. He relies on Delia to help him get to know the children and to be the guardian that they need. But while getting to know the children, he also gets to know the beautiful Delia. He sees so much in her that he likes and he begins to have feelings for her. But Delia is running from her in laws and the unlawful lifestyle that they lived. Her in laws are after her because he late husband told her a secret that they are desperate to uncover. Jac realizes Delia is in danger and promises to protect her. When Delia is called home to be at the bedside of her ailing sister, Jac is not there to shield her and protect her.

    Both Jac and Delia have to decide what they want for their future and how they can live with the feelings they have for one another.

    The Governess of Penwythe Hall is so well written and is filled with romance, suspense and action all set in a beautiful seaside community. I received an ARC of this book via Netgalley and this is my honest feedback.

  • Carrie Turansky

    I have enjoyed many books by Sarah Ladd, and The Governess of Penwythe is definitely one of my favorites. I listened to the audio version and enjoyed the narrator's voice and interpretation of the story. Sarah Ladd brings Cornwall to life and made me fall in love with the characters and setting. Highly recommended for all who enjoy Regency romance and are looking for stories with depth and inspiration.

  • 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!

  • Lilian

    The Governess of Penwythe Hall was seriously such a delight to read. The beautiful cover piqued my curiosity at the very start, so I decided to pick it up and I’m thrilled to say that I enjoyed every minute of reading!

    Let’s start off with the characters. Sarah E. Ladd crafts some really beautifully-written characters–I related to and sympathized with Cordelia (Delia) right from the start, and Jac wasn’t too far behind after that. I have to say Jac Twethewey is one of my favorite male characters

    The Governess of Penwythe Hall was seriously such a delight to read. The beautiful cover piqued my curiosity at the very start, so I decided to pick it up and I’m thrilled to say that I enjoyed every minute of reading!

    Let’s start off with the characters. Sarah E. Ladd crafts some really beautifully-written characters–I related to and sympathized with Cordelia (Delia) right from the start, and Jac wasn’t too far behind after that. I have to say Jac Twethewey is one of my favorite male characters now because of how realistic he is as a human, but also because of his admirable traits and qualities. Each of the children that Delia care for are really sweet in their own ways, and I adored watching Jac love upon them right from the start. I also found Delia’s brother, Horace, an extremely intriguing character and I’m looking forward to him being (possibly?) more explored later in the series, as the author only barely scratched the surface for his character.

    Delia’s past proved to be a great part of the plot that I think Ladd handled really well! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with even a remotely similar plot to this, which is weird but delightful to read–plus, it tied in soooo well to the lovely romance! 😀 Although the middle was a bit slow action-wise, it provided a unique look on the characters’ backstories and picked right back up in a little bit.

    The writing style is also absolutely gorgeous and honestly reminds me a lot of Joanne Bischof’s writing style, and I can also even see hints of Nadine Brandes’. It’s so lovely to read.

    Overall, 10/10 would recommend The Governess of Penwythe Hall. Go. get. it, because gorgeous writing + masterful plot-wielding + lovely characters. 5 stars!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, and I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  • 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.

  • Shantelle

    Lovely! I've read by Sarah E. Ladd before, and just had to pick up her latest novel because of the gorgeous cover! I'm happy to say that the story did not disappoint. Book One in the CORNWALL series,

    pulls us into early 1800s, England, and Cordelia Graythorne's life. I love stories set during the Regency era, and this one was well-done. It's centered around a governess with a troubled past and a handful of dear, orphaned children, which I came to love. Plus Jac, wh

    Lovely! I've read by Sarah E. Ladd before, and just had to pick up her latest novel because of the gorgeous cover! I'm happy to say that the story did not disappoint. Book One in the CORNWALL series,

    pulls us into early 1800s, England, and Cordelia Graythorne's life. I love stories set during the Regency era, and this one was well-done. It's centered around a governess with a troubled past and a handful of dear, orphaned children, which I came to love. Plus Jac, who is quite nice, as well. *winks and smiles* It has a good amount of mystery/suspense, a warm faith theme, and sweet romance. This book definitely

    heavy on the romance ... and didn't have any steamy romance scenes - which is always a breath of fresh air. I love a good romance, but it has to be done right! Sarah E. Ladd unfolded this love story quite charmingly.

    Overall,

    is about family, faith, and finding freedom from dark pasts. It was enjoyable to read! For fans of Regency tales, I would certainly recommend!

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  • Toni Shiloh

    So this was my very first Sarah E. Ladd read and I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the prologue and all the way to the end. I love Regency books and this cover was gorgeous and the sole reason I requested it on NetGalley. However, what kept me reading was Ms. Ladd's story telling and beautiful writing. The Twethewey family had so much heartache to overcome. I wanted them to be happy and I wanted their governess, Cordelia Greythorne, to have a part in that happiness. Mrs. Greythorne drew

    So this was my very first Sarah E. Ladd read and I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the prologue and all the way to the end. I love Regency books and this cover was gorgeous and the sole reason I requested it on NetGalley. However, what kept me reading was Ms. Ladd's story telling and beautiful writing. The Twethewey family had so much heartache to overcome. I wanted them to be happy and I wanted their governess, Cordelia Greythorne, to have a part in that happiness. Mrs. Greythorne drew me in from the prologue. There was such intrigue around her in-laws that I knew I had to continue reading until the end. And I wasn't disappointed! Besides a lush historical setting, there was romance, and mystery! I loved it and look forward to discovering what other good books Ms. Ladd has in her backlist.

    *I received a complimentary copy through NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.

  • OLT

    Amazon Vine was low in historical fiction ARCs for me to choose from so I wandered over to the Christian book category. Here it was, a Sarah Ladd HR. I've read Ladd's books before. I felt neutral about them so I thought to give this one a try.

    What do we have here? Well, about a gazillion overused tropes and nothing unusual except for the hero's plan to make his estate solvent with the development of an apple orchard and purchase of an apple press. That was new to me. And that also made for a lov

    Amazon Vine was low in historical fiction ARCs for me to choose from so I wandered over to the Christian book category. Here it was, a Sarah Ladd HR. I've read Ladd's books before. I felt neutral about them so I thought to give this one a try.

    What do we have here? Well, about a gazillion overused tropes and nothing unusual except for the hero's plan to make his estate solvent with the development of an apple orchard and purchase of an apple press. That was new to me. And that also made for a lovely book cover, with apple trees in bloom and a pretty woman in a flowing gauzy dress.

    As for the story: (1) This takes place in Cornwall. There are smugglers. What a surprise. (2) There is a lovely widow with a past who has fled Cornwall and that past to become governess to three motherless children, who also become fatherless at the beginning of the story. (3) Governess and children are transplanted to Cornwall to live at Penwythe Hall with the deceased father's younger brother, whom the late father named as guardian in spite of the fact that the two brothers had been estranged. (4) This brother must adjust to having nieces and nephews running around and the children must adjust to their new life and the loss of their father. (5) Governess heroine must confront her old life and what haunts her about it. (6) Governess and children's uncle must fall in love.

    There's some mystery, a few bad guys, some human interest and relationship issues, some romance. None of it is very interesting. The characters have very little personality, the mystery is not compelling, and the romance is flat and lacking chemistry. What is it with Christian-genre romances? The passionless relationships in them makes me wonder how they manage to produce any little Christian offspring. Now, I don't mean these books lack sex scenes. I can easily do without that. I just want a little bit of sexual chemistry between H and h, so that I know they will enjoy the closed-door bedroom activity that I will not be privy to.

    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.

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