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The Governess of Penwythe Hall

(Cornwall #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.

Cornwall, England, 1811
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 th
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Thomas Nelson (first published April 2019)
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Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Kelly Tyree
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Maureen Timerman
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I enjoyed this read, but we are dealing life’s hardest facts, the loss of loved ones.
Surprises happen here that I really didn’t see coming, and our Governess is a strong character who has suffered a lot of hard knocks in her life.
The owner of the manor is about to receive one of the biggest surprises of his life, when his brother’s children arrive to live with him. Considering the hard feelings between the men, he is now a parent to five children.
Through the author I could smell the salt air aro
Karen R
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A stirring tale set in the Regency era, along the coast of Cornwall. Uprooted from Yorkshire following their father's accidental death, five young siblings and their governess find themselves at the mercy of an estranged relative. Mystery and adventure follow them, and a brooding uncle just may be their only hope.

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

This was an absorbing tale that grew in depth the further it went, with
Toni Shiloh
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
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 is one of the 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 y
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A novel that will capture you from page one to the end. Cordelia Greythorne is a strong character, she learned to have a backbone, living in harsh conditions. Now a governess to five children, she is detrmined to be there for them , at the death of their father, staying with them as they move to their uncle's estate. Delia is slow to trust, she has always had to rely on her own merits. She has lived in fear, loking over her shoulder and in the shadows. She w
Jul 18, 2018 marked it as to-read
I saw Cornwall. I'm part Cornish. I need this.
Betrayals and love!

As stories go concerning smugglers in Cornwall, a governess with a heavy secret, and a struggling landowner who finds himself suddenly a guardian to five children, this should have been a solid gratifying read.
Cordelia Greythorne leaves Cornwall after her husband's death, threatened by her powerful smuggling-in-laws because she won't give them the information they desire. As she left her mother-in-law spat out, "If you’ve any sense in you, you’ll ne’er return to Cornwall. You’
Suzie Waltner
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sarah E. Ladd takes readers to the Cornish Coast in the first book of a brand-new series, and what a great start it is.

Cordelia “Delia” Greythorne has endured loss in her life so she empathizes with the five children under her care upon the death of their father. Change is in store for all of them when they are directed to the children’s uncle and Penwythe Hall.

Jac Tretheway is an innovative man who cares about the land he’s inherited. An apple orchard may be a risk, but Jac sees what a successf
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Cordelia Greythorne, newly widowed, is shown in the opening scene of this book leaving her home and her in-laws in a swirl of melodrama and tragedy. Dark secrets and dire threats are hinted at. Fast-forward a few years and she has taken a post as governess, but all too soon the children are left orphans. Their care has been assigned to their uncle, Jac Trethewey (I wish there was a pronunciation guide for this book!), and he lives, you guessed it, in the same county as Cordelia's nasty in-laws. ...more
Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
Set in Regency England this story has plenty to enjoy. A Mystery to solve, danger lurking around the corners, and a tender thread of romance. For those who love Jayne Eyre, and works of Jane Austen, this new story from Sarah Ladd is sure to bring you page-turning enjoyment.

Cordelia (Delia) has a shadowed past, a heartbreak that weighs heavy and marks her decisions for the future. She has a tender heart and shows a mothers’ love for the five young charges in her care. But when her past begins to
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 stun ...more
Rachel DeVaughn
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book 1 of the brand new "Cornwall series" set in Cornwell England in the early 1800s. This is a longer book (over 350 pages) so it took a couple of days to get thru. I enjoyed the steady pace of daily English living, along with some romance and drama.

Delia was a wonderful character-not afraid to take care of the 5 children she was governess of-even when times got tough! Readers get a glimpse into her tragic past before she became a governess and how she works hard to overcome it and be
Dee/ bookworm
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dana Michael
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is my favorite Sarah E. Ladd book so far. I loved the characters and the setting. There was lots of danger and intrigue. The suspense kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. If you enjoy regency or historical mystery you won't want to miss this one. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

I received a copy of this book for free for the purpose of review.

Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I have had a crazy busy couple of weeks and I appreciated this slow paced calm book. I read it slowly and liked it for the most part. It moved slow and the romance was even slower. The characters were good and had a good story to push them along. The governess story always tugs at my heart, I guess it's my love of Jane Eyer. The end was a bit rushed but I felt repetitive in there feelings. Authors really only need to tell us once and sometimes never, showing us how a character feels is always so ...more
If you loved Poldark then you will love THE GOVERNESS OF PENWYTHE HALL. That's not to say that it is the same as the much loved saga, though one could be forgiven for feeling a sense of familiarity as we revisit the beauty of Cornwall. The gorgeous rugged coast, secluded beaches, unpredictable weather, the vast and rocky moors, grand estates and of course the smuggling. Any historic novel set in Cornwall would not be complete without free trading which was rife in these times. With all this as a ...more
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
THE GOVERNESS OF PENWYTHE is a story of loss, faith, family, and love with a twist of danger. Readers will fall in love with these characters, especially the children under the governess's care. Highly recommended to historical romance fans, both in the general and Christian markets.

It was so easy to love these characters! Delia has a troubled past, but she is loyal, optimistic, loving, and cares deeply for the children in her care. The Twethewey children are wonderful and charming. I loved gett
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The Governess of Penwythe Hall takes place with Delia as a governess to 5 children and when the children's father dies, they go along with Delia to live with Uncle Jac. He is running an orchard farm trying to make something of the land when Delia and the 5 children show up. Delia has reserves about moving to the area since it is where she came from just 3 years prior. Her life before was unhappy and full of mystery. As Delia is getting to know Jac and building a friendship, her past comes back i ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Upon the death of her husband, Delia, a vicar's daughter, becomes a governess to a family with five children.
Following the tragic death of first the mother and then the father, the later chooses his estranged brother to be the children's legal guardian, who lives in Cornwall. The father also makes provisions for the children's tutor and governess to remain employed and accompany the children to their new home.

And so begins their new life at Penwythe Hall in Cornwall.

I like the children in the
Chautona Havig
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let’s start with story, shall we?

The plot does have elements we’ve seen before. I mean, Cornwall. Smuggling. Duh. But what Sarah Ladd did was give us that trope with a new, fresh twist on it. She gave us a widow, five motherless and fatherless children who are not her own, the need to stay away from Cornwall and the definite need to go, too.

With just enough misdirections, the story moves along at what seems like a steady pace, but then all of a sudden, you realize it’s whizzed by, too. I don’t k
Rosanne Lortz
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Driven from Cornwall by her late husband’s relatives, Delia Greythorne finds refuge as a governess, becoming devoted to her young charges. But when her new employer dies three years later, she finds that the children are being left in the care of their estranged uncle and that his estate of Penwythe Hall lies a mere twenty miles from the dangerous coast she has tried to forget. Upon her return to Cornwall, Delia’s secrets will not let her rest in peace. Despite her overwhelming trepidation, howe ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cordelia Greythorne left Cornwall when she was blamed for the death of her husband. She takes a job as a governess for five children, but when their father dies, she follows her late employers final wishes that she stay with them after they are in the care of their new guardian who resides in Cornwall.

Jac Trethewey is determined to revive his inherited estate, returning it to its former glory, by growing the apple orchards and finding ways to make it profitable. He is surprised when he finds hi
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. I enjoyed this Christians Historical romance set in the English regency period. Unlike many books set in that era, it doesn’t focus on the aristocracy but rather on ordinary-ish people.

Delia is the widow of a Cornish smuggler who is forced to escape and seek a new life to protect a dangerous secret. She becomes the governess to 5 children far from home but is forced to return home to face her demons when the children lose their parents and have to relocate to Cornwall to be under the
Becca-Rae Weidel
I'm going to confess that I judged a book by the cover and fell in love! I have heard wonderful reviews for Sarah E Ladd's other books, and while I own a few of them myself I hadn't read any yet. The cover art caught my attention at first, but then the description led to even more excitement over the read.

This story was written with stunning imagery to heighten your senses and make you feel as if you are standing in the midst of the setting. It melded perfectly so that it flowed with the story w
Connie Fischer
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Winter - 1808 - Cornwall, England

Cordelia (Delia) Greythorne is preparing to depart Greythorne House during a fierce and freezing storm. Delia is now a widow after 3 years of marriage to Robert. Her mother-in-law is furious at her saying she betrayed them all.

Easten Park - Yorkshire - 1811

Delia has been governess for the Twetheway family for 3 years. During that time, the children’s mother passed away and their father, Randall, is fighting for his life after a riding accident. With him is his m
Jessica A Kramasz
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cordelia Greythorne is comfortable in her role as governess to the children of Randall Twethewey. Having fled Cornwall following the death of her husband, she has settled into life at Easten Park a truly loves the children under her care. These children had earlier lost their mother, and look to her with love and respect.

All of that is upended by the sudden death of Randall Twethewey. Twethewey, in the moments before his death, requests that she and the tutor stay on to care for the care for th
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