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A Stranger's Secret

(Cliffs of Cornwall #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  65 reviews
As a grieving widow, Morwenna only wants to make a life for herself and her young son at her murdered husband s estate. Until an unconscious man washes up on her shore, entangling her in a web of mysteries that threatens everything she holds dear.

Still grieving the loss of her husband, Morwenna Penvenan fills her days preserving her son s heritage: the dilapidated estate h
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Zondervan
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Paula Vince
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Over the last few years, I've come across a few other plots involving washed up, unconscious men discovered by heroines on the shores of their beaches, ponds or swamps. I wondered what would make this one special or different. Being set on the rugged coast of Cornwall was the drawcard for me. It's that nineteenth century time period when wreckers were notorious for deliberately luring ships to their doom for treasure and extra revenue. I was intrigued by the fact that the hero, although a strang ...more
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Widowed Lady Morwenna Trelawny Penvanan wants nothing more than to be left in her rundown mansion, but her grandparents want her to move back to their estate … or marry one of her pursuers. Plans change when she finds a shipwreck survivor on her private beach, a strange man with the Trelawny family crest on his pendant.

David Chastain is a shipbuilder who has travelled to Cornwell to try and solve the mystery of his father’s death, and the disappearance of their family’s money. But now he’s inju
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Give me a novel filled with intriguing suspense and I promise you’ll find one very happy reader. In my opinion, there’s nothing like feeling the salt of the sea from the pages of a novel, or getting so connected to the characters of the story -even to the story itself- that they seem within arms reach. I’m glad to say those pleasures were not missed in the second Cliffs Of Cornwall novel, A Stranger’s Secret.

I’m so glad this book gave closure to some of the unanswered questions I had about Morwe
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Regency meets Gothic along the rugged cliffs of Cornwall. Those three things alone sent me into rapid reader rapture. Add in the fact that the author is Laurie Alice Eakes and I was in such a dizzy delirium it's a wonder I could read a word. But I managed -- read every last delicious one while alternately swooning and fuming along the way.

This is the second book in the Cliffs of Cornwall series. I think it reads well as a standalone, but you'll 'get' Morwenna (and the complicated Trelawny clan)
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of reading this for endorsement. Here's what I said: "With a fabulous mix of emotionally complex romance, gothic suspense, and characters who will stay in reader's minds long after the book is finished, A Stranger's Secret is a compelling mystery-infused love story that any historical romance lover will enjoy."--Dawn Crandall, author of The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart and The Captive Imposter
Janka H.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
A lady, a man and a mystery.

And a very little of a plot.

I hate to give a disappointed review of a book I thought I would like.
But, unfortunately, the plot there is very predictable and full of cliches. And americanisms (being an European, I wish that historical England (or Cornwall here) was less attractive to the writers who are not from there).

I love the authoress' s other works, so I will continue to read her. But I think I will prefer the novels from the American soil, as I can learn more
This second book in the series is as enjoyable as the first. Packed with adventure, romance, secrets, and attempted murder, this book is hard to put down. Morwenna is fiesty and passionate, yet yearns to be loved for herself. David is a kind strong character, but doesn't know if he can trust Morwenna or if she is trying to kill him. The ending came a bit out of nowhere, but I really enjoyed the story.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could not set this book down. I was riveted. I had to find out what was going on and how things turned out. I was a bit disappointed at the end when I found out who had done what but not so much that my rating (5 stars) fell at all. My one question now is whether there will be a book 3 with Drake’s story—probably not but a girl can wish....
Linda Yezak
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intriguing romance between a jaded lady of position, if not wealth, and a common boat builder who suspects her of involvement in his father's murder. Complicated family relationships and a dab of blue-collar heroism add meat to the bones of a very entertaining read.
Sarah Southerland
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Good book. Nice mystery mixed with clean romance.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
<> makes me want to visit Cornwall
Carolyn Tye
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable, quick read.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I felt like I had to plod my way through this book. I didn't really like the writing style or the characters. A miss for me.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Captivating! The story grabbed you immediately and held a mystery till the end. The romance was endearing and the characters well crafted.
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was great to read further into the family and their history.
Dianne Harms
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Well written, with a good plot. There’s enough mystery as well as romance to keep me reading. It is refreshingly clean, as well!
Kimberly L. Ferrer
Fun, but not well thought out.

It was a fun fantasy that was not backed up with dimension. What could've been a great story lacked depth.
Book was okay didn’t like it as much as others of Her books.
Jalynn Patterson
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Stranger's Secret (Cliff's of Cornwall, #2)

About the Book:

As a grieving widow, Morwenna only wants to make a life for herself and her young son at her murdered husband s estate. Until an unconscious man washes up on her shore, entangling her in a web of mysteries that threatens everything she holds dear.

Still grieving the loss of her husband, Morwenna Penvenan fills her days preserving her son s heritage: the dilapidated estate his father left them. But all attempts at restoration are thwarted
A Stranger’s Secret is the sixth book I have read by this author. In some ways, I might say it was better than the previous title in series, with its somewhat worn characterization of the superfluous and wonderful American hero. Morwenna was an interesting character in the last book, and is the protagonist in this one, which made things somewhat more interesting to see her come into her own, and her perspective on events.
I am sure though that her son’s name was changed- I’m sure I remember her
Carol Macdonald
Jan 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the first book in the series before picking up this one.
Lisa Johnson
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Title: A Stranger’s Secret (Cliffs of Cornwall #2)
Author: Laurie Alice Eakes
Pages: 327
Year: 2015
Publisher: Zondervan
David Chastain arrives in Cornwall in a most unconventional fashion…as the sole survivor of a ship wreck. He is nursed back to health by Morwenna Penvenan. David had set out from his home where he works as a boat builder to find out more information about his father’s sudden death a month ago after his father left secretly with all the money the family had been saving. His father d
Victor Gentile
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Laurie Alice Eakes in her new book, “A Stranger’s Secret” Book Two in the Cliffs Of Cornwall series published by Zondervan brings us into the life of Lady Morwenna Trelawny Penvenan.

From the back cover: As a grieving young widow, Morwenna only wants a quiet life for herself and her son. Until a man washes ashore, entangling her in a web of mystery that could threaten all she holds dear.

Lady Morwenna Trelawny Penvenan indulged in her fair share of dalliances in her youth, but now that she’s the w
Linda Wilson
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Lady Morwenna Trelawny Penvenan indulged in her fair share of dalliances in her youth, but now that she's the widowed mother to the heir of the Penvenan title, she's desperate to polish her reputation. When she's accused of deliberately luring ships to crash on the rocks to steal the cargo, Morwenna begins an investigation to uncover the real culprits and stumbles across an unconscious man lying in the sea's foam—a man wearing a medallion with the Trelawny crest around his neck.
The medallion is
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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When I requested this book, I didn’t realize that it was the second in a series. I knew that it was labeled a ”Cliffs of Cornwall” novel, but it didn’t say anything about it actually being a series. That being said, I was a bit lost through some parts of this book.

I was able to pick up on most of the background for Morwenna eventually, but the other characters continued to be confusing even as I kept going in the story. The names of the secondary characters were not always recognizable, which m
Robin Willson
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of the most suspenseful books I've read. It keeps you wondering from beginning to end.

A Christian Historical Romance set in 1813. I think it would have been helpful to have read the first book. You can read it as a stand alone, but I think it would have been a richer experience to have had the full background from the first book. Lady Morwenna Trelawny Penvenan is a widow wanting to hang onto her husband's impoverished estate for her son's inheritance. She won't accept help from her overbea
Becky Dempsey
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"A Stranger's Secret" by Laurie Alice Eakes is set in 1813 Cornwall, England. Morwenna Trelawny Penvenan is deperate to bring prosperity to Penmara, her son's inheritance and the only thing she has left of his father. She could get help from her grandparents, but her pride won't allow her to do so. When wreckers are purposefully causing ships to run aground on her land, she sets out to prove she isn't the one behind them. What she finds is not clues but more questions when she discovers David Ch ...more
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ship Wreckers on the Cornish Coast, an Unlikely Romance, and a Mysterious Medalion

Lady Morwenna Penvenan is struggling to rebuild her murdered husband's Cornish estate for her infant son. The mines that could provide the necessary capital are flooded, and she's unable to find investors. Because of her poverty and her desire to rebuild the estate, people believe that she is involved with the wreckers who lure ships to the coast where they founder on the rocks. Then the wreckers strip the ship of
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once promiscuous Morwenna Penvenan, now widowed, only wants to spend her life being mother to her son, Mihal and to restore her late husband’s run-down estate for her son. However Morwenna finds life is never easy; especially with her reputation…someone is deliberately directing ships into her beach during storms as a safe haven only to be wrecked so they can steal the cargo. Although she understands people in her community are starving because the copper mines have closed, she cannot understand ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 Dec 21, 2014 10:29AM  
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