The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall #1)

By: Sarah Ladd

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: April 16th, 2019

Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

Pages: 352 pages

Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book, Lifeway, and everywhere else books are sold!

Add On: Goodreads

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars) 


Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.

Blamed 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 that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget.

Jac Trethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.

Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast. 

My Review

This was my first Sarah Ladd book and it will certainly not be my last. I really enjoyed this novel. I have been craving a good early 1800 novel and this book helped ease that craving.

The characters were just darlings. Delia was a delightful female protagonist. Her role with the children was touching and I really enjoyed reading her story. Jac was also amazing. I kinda want to learn a bit more about what happened between him and his brother but who knows if we’ll ever find other. The children were adorable and I loved them so much!

The historical aspect of this novel was good. Besides the mystery that was thrown in, this was a light hearted read that was perfect for a gloomy day. I really enjoyed being pulled into this book.

Also can we all just admire this cover?! I really love what the publisher did with it and it ties into the book perfectly! 😍😍

About the Author


Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever.

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