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The Governess of Penwythe Hall

(Cornwall #1)

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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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So, a caveat: this is a christian romance and I am not a christian. I'm reading these as a secular reader, and if you're a religious person looking for christian reads, I might not be the best person to come to for an opinion. However, I do read a lot of romance novels, so if you're looking for the opinion of a seasoned (and secular) romance reader gauging the quality of the story, characterization, and writing, come sit next to me, fri
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
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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.

Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
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
Sarah Sundin
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
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
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sqqqqquuuuueeeeeee!!!! THUD. I'm bruised from head to toe from all the body slams onto my fainting couch (I'm an energetic swooner when it comes to Gothic + Regency.) And...oh my...I'm still reeling in a kaleidoscopic state of tizziness after finishing this sublime read. It took me back to my early teens when I discovered a treasure trove of Victoria Holt and Phyllis A. Whitney books at my public library. I got that same thrill of anticipation as I started to read Governess of Penwythe Hall. I m ...more
With the feel of Victoria Holt's gothic romances and set in the windy, rainy, rugged moorlands of Cornwall, Ladd's debut novel in her new regency series launched with a book that captured me from start to finish. It's 1811, Delia has lost her parents, her husband, and her daughter. Caught in the mess of her husband's free trading, she has escaped to northern England to become a governess to 5 children whom she falls in love with. But, upon the death of their only parent, their father, they along ...more
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
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
As usual the author did a lovely job with the setting and characters. I especially enjoyed Delia's role as governess and her love and compassion for the children she cared for. Her grief had some complicated dynamics, and her journey throughout the story took her from never wanting to marry or have children again in order to avoid the pain of loss, to hesitantly allowing hope and love to bring light into her life. She has a turbulent history with her in-laws, and I enjoyed the suspense that slow ...more
Julie Carpenter
I've recently read a couple novels set in Cornwall and was excited to return to the Cornish coast when I picked up this newest book by Sarah E. Ladd. True to her normal writing fashion, there was plenty of mystery and suspense, as well as familial ties and romance. The characters have faced loss, heartache, and betrayal. But this story shows their journey to finding healing, peace and love after their sorrows and struggles.

The beginning of the book shows Cordelia (or Delia) leaving her home afte
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, The Governess of Penwythe Hall 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 ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Carrie Turansky
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Carole Jarvis
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Never are we promised an easy life, but we are promised that when we rely on Him for strength, we will have what we need to face our challenges.

The Governess of Penwythe Hall is a stirring, emotional tale set in 1811 Cornwall, England. It is a wonderfully entertaining novel, pleasantly reminding me of gothics by authors like Victoria Holt that I have enjoyed through the years. There’s the brooding hero, Jac Trethewey, and the heroine with a t
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Cornwall. It was in her blood, and she feared she'd never escape its hold."

Never escape? . . . . when her mother-in-law's last hateful words upon her departure were, "A curse on you, Cordelia Greythorne". Adjusting to life as a young widow, Delia has found pleasure serving the Twethewey family as a governess at their Easton Park estate in Yorkshire; but when tragedy strikes once again, she and her young tutees head back in the direction of Delia's worst nightmares.

Jac Twethewey is shocked beyon
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
Honestly, even if I hadn't loved this story, I'd have likely wanted to buy a copy for the gorgeous cover. From the beginning scenes with the children's father having his accident to the lush descriptions of the apple orchard and the Cornwall scenes, the storytelling is well done and atmospheric. It was a trifle slow getting started but as soon as they reached Cornwall, I’m sure the characters longed for quiet! A solid mystery is behind strange things from Delia’s past and there are smugglers alo ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, nook
This is a sweet yet deep story of a woman, Cordelia that has a heart so big and a mind so great that she leaves her life behind to be a mother to these five orphaned children.
Then we follow a man Jac filled with greed but also desire to see his land beautiful again at any cost. But His priorities turn from work to the children when they come to stay and Cordelia changes everything.
It was cute and sweet and the writing was beautiful.
Thank you so much to Thomas Nelson via netgalley for sending
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Governess of Penwythe Hall was such a beautifully written novel! I was captivated right away with the plight of the orphaned children and the way they were received by their uncle at Penwythe Hall.

This story contained a fascinating mix of secrets, past hurts, romance, family bonding, and a wonderful setting. All of these details were woven together in such a way that I didn’t want to set down this book!

I longed for things to work out for all of the characters, from the children to the govern
Hallie Szott
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it

Take a trip to historical Cornwall in Sarah E. Ladd’s latest novel, The Governess of Penwythe Hall. Amidst a complicated family situation, there’s intrigue, danger, and romance aplenty—sure to please the historical-romance reader.

After losing her husband and child, Cordelia Greythorne becomes the governess for the Trethewey children. When the death of their father sends them to Penwythe Hall and their estranged uncle, Jac Trethewey, Delia must confront the past she tried to escape and with Ja
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“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 that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on th
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
This is a beautiful story of a young woman who has lived through difficult circumstances. It reminds me that life is what you make of it, even when it doesn't go as planned.

Cordelia is a governess to some adorable children who have suffered through the loss of both of their parents. She is the rock that holds the children together and she excels in her role. She has experienced heartache of her own but continues to focus and serve the children rather than get lost in her own grief.

This book had
Cara Putman
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another delightful read from Sarah Ladd. This is a complex book, rich with characters that leap off the page.
Vera Godley
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Ladd writes a beautiful, sweet Regency story set in historical Cornwall. The characters are beautifully drawn giving just enough depth to their essence that you feel you know them, like them, hate them.

The lovely widowed young lady that serves as governess of the Trethewey children wears her personal grief like a cloak of protection lest her heart bear such hurt of losing her spouse and also losing a beloved young child. But though she shuns romantic involvement she does discover that she
Cathy Daniel
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I couldn’t put this book down! So sweet! And chaste too lol. A proper regency romance. Well done.
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
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