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A Castaway in Cornwall

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  804 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Laura Callaway daily walks the windswept Cornwall coast, known for many shipwrecks but few survivors. She feels like a castaway, set adrift on the tides of fate by the deaths of her parents and left wanting answers. Now living with her parson uncle and his parsimonious wife in North Cornwall, Laura is viewed as an outsider even as she yearns to belong somewhere again.

Paperback, 400 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Bethany House Publishers
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Randi Annie Framnes
On a stormy night Physician’s daughter Laura Callaway is alerted that there’s a shipwreck on the local shore with only one survivor. Alexander Lucas hides his secrets well, but danger seems to follow him to Cornwall.

A Castaway in Cornwall is written by Julie Klassen, published by Bethany House Publishers. The story is set in North Cornwall 1813 and we follow Laura Callaway as she works on her admirable project to salvage trinkets from wrecks and inform next of kin of their loved ones lost at sea
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
4 ⭐️
Sitting in my favorite reading spot, I sip my steaming cup of coffee while writing this review. I just finished this lovely book by Julie Klassen. She writes a historical romance that’s fluent and captivating.
I knew nothing about shipwrecks and what became of the crew and cargo. JK did a superb job explaining it all to me. It was fascinating. How the sea is uncontrollable and learning of the fate of those who survive.
I loved the romance and JK always does a great job with mysterious twists
Bonnie DeMoss
It is 1812, and Laura Callaway feels like a castaway in Cornwall, where she lives with her uncle and his somewhat disapproving wife. Missing her parents, who are presumed dead, Laura has found solace and purpose in scouring the shores of Cornwall after shipwrecks. She finds and collects lost belongings and attempts to return them to the families of their owners. She does this under the disapproving eye of the Wreckers, men who try to seize and sell the cargo of wrecked ships, despite laws to the ...more
Amanda Hupe
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads, netgalley
Thank you, Julie Klassen, Bethany House, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book!

I always jump at the opportunity to read anything by Julie Klassen. A Castaway on Cornwall is definitely one of my most anticipated reads for this year. Laura Callaway is an orphan living with extended family in Cornwall but does not feel like she belongs. She spends most of her time walking the beach collecting items from shipwrecks. She does her best to identify the owners to bring them peace. Until on
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I absolutely loved the moody atmosphere of this book with its Cornish setting and air of mystery. Laura is a character that's easy to sympathize with- she's not in the most ideal circumstances, but she makes the best of it with grace and strength. Her compassion for her elderly neighbor and the genuine friendship they share shows a lot about her personality. As a collector myself, I thought her beach combing was an interesting quirk, and one that led to the rescue of Alexander. One of my favorit ...more
Jocelyn Green
Loved the gorgeous setting, the Cornish customs and traditions, and a plot that whisked me away. The heroine endeared herself to me by creating a purpose for herself, and one that was so important and compassionate for people she'd never met. Pieces of the hero's past were revealed in stories along the way, but without using the time-slip format. I appreciated knowing his history because the plot wouldn't have been as meaningful without it. Fans of Poldark or Cornwall in general will not want to ...more
Bonnie DeMoss
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is 1812, and Laura Callaway feels like a castaway in Cornwall, where she lives with her uncle and his somewhat disapproving wife. Missing her parents, who are presumed dead, Laura has found solace and purpose in searching the shores after shipwrecks. She finds and collects lost belongings and attempts to return them to the families of their owners. She does this under the disapproving eye of the Wreckers, men who try to seize and sell the cargo of wrecked ships, despite laws to the contrary. ...more
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Castaway in Cornwall is a regency tale of shipwrecks, smugglers, war, and romance. Each of these individually can make a great story, but together is even better.
I enjoyed the main characters in this novel. The supporting cast was well varied and added depth to the story as well. Some of the character development was brought on by situations I found a little far fetched but still made for an entertaining novel.
The setting was beautiful, but I just didn't feel like I was there as I read. I can'
Deacon Tom F
I generally liked this book. However, it doesn’t fit anywhere near my categories for being great.

It is set in 1812 Cornwell England. It starts with a shipwreck; moves to a bit of a detective like mode and finally ends up as a love story.

The pace is kind of slow and I think it was very predictable about what was going to happen in the last third of the book.

I lightly recommend.
Emma Rose
I really struggled with what to rate this book...I had figured I would give it 5, for the story was absolutely amazing and captivating throughout the whole book, but towards the end there was a couple parts I didn't appreciate as much, so therefore I decided to give it 4.
Definitely my favorite part about it was that it was set in Cornwall, I've always loved Cornwall and it's been my biggest dream to go there one day, so it was wonderful to visit in this book! 😊
All the love and heartache was just
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read almost all of Julie Klassen’s books and enjoyed every single one. This story had me so captivated that I finished it in one day. Klassen’s books are so well written, with relatable characters, a touch of romance and a fair amount of intrigue and adventure. I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy clean, historical fiction with a touch of inspiration.
I received a free ebook for review from Bethany House Publishers via NetGalley. A positive review was not required and all opinions
Susan Snodgrass
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of Julie Klassen since her first novel, which I have read several times. My opinion has not changed. This time, Klassen takes us to the wild, windswept coast of Cornwall as we are caught up in her wonderful storytelling, an ability that has brought great enjoyment to this reader over the years. I have never missed a Klassen book and never intend to. Recommended. My thanks to Bethany House for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I received no compensation and the opinion in this ...more
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy Julie Klassen books! This one started out a little slow for me, but it pulled me in especially because of my love for Poldark! Cornwall is fascinating and sounds so beautiful. I would love to go there some day and this book reiterated that feeling! The second half of the book captivated me much more than the first half and I eagerly finished it satisfied. It bounced around in time a little bit and had somewhat of a mystery to solve. Great clean regency romance.
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
A Castaway in Cornwall is another beautifully written Regency romance from Julie Klassen. I loved following Laura as she tried to unravel the mystery of Alexander, the man she saved following a shipwreck. (I do have to mention that the unraveling did take a little longer than I would've liked--the pacing felt just a touch off in the middle third of the novel.) Laura and Alex had a sweet romance that was so enjoyable, and I really liked the adventures they had together. I think my favorite aspect ...more
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heavy sigh. I read too fast and now it's over and I have that unsettling post-immersive-read melancholy. :-( Honestly, 'coming to' in the 21st century -- especially in this COVID era -- has left me shell-shocked and aching for the simpler times of wreckers and smugglers and shipwrecks and spies. Bwahahahaha!

Every time I read a new Julie Klassen novel I think she can't possibly top it and then the next one comes out and she does! Part of her draw for me is her impeccable research. The author's no
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this new Julie Klassen novel that is set in the beautiful Cornwall! I loved Laura and Alexander! I enjoyed trying to uncover Alexander’s secrets with Laura. I just couldn’t put this book down! I read most of it in one sitting. It is that good! I would highly recommend this book!

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Julie Klassen has written another book that educated and entertained me at the same time.

This book is set during the Regency time period. Laura is a young woman who doesn't feel like she fits in anywhere. She is an orphan living with non-blood relatives and in a close-knit community. She feels as if her parents abandoned her and doesn't see her true worth.

Her life takes a drastic change when there was a shipwreck near her home. She saves the life of the only survivor and is his advocate and cham
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tn-reads
Fern Haven Cottage, North Cornwall, 1813
Main Characters:
Laura Callaway, orphan living with uncle
Uncle Matthew, took Laura in when parents died
Mrs. Bray, step aunt, unkind to Laura
Alexander Lucas, Aka: Alexander Carnell, shipwreck survivor
Miss Chegwin, elderly neighbor, ex-midwife
Jago, Miss Chegwin's very large adopted son
Tom Parsons, Cornish smuggler
Francois LaRoche, evil man
Perry Kent, new doctor
Treeve Kent, womanizer with a kind heart

Fascinating story and history. I knew nothing of the 19th
Christian Fiction Addiction
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Labelling "A Castaway in Cornwall" my favourite book by Julie Klassen may be difficult to do in light of the fact that there have been so many wonderful Klassen novels that I've enjoyed over my many years of reviewing. But I found this novel to be so truly un-put-downable that at a minimum I must say that her latest book is the best one that she's written in years, at least in my (humble) opinion.

"A Castaway in Cornwall" is intriguing from the get-go, set in a fascinating time of history where
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fans of regency historical fiction will find a new book to love in Julie Klassen's A Castaway in Cornwall. With wonderful attention to detail, Ms. Klassen spins an exhilarating tale filled with shipwrecks, smuggling and romance. The vivid setting of the Cornish coast almost appears as a character itself under Julie Klassen's pen. I loved the quotes the author included at the beginning of each chapter. These snippets from the past gave historical authenticity to the story playing out within the p ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I truly enjoyed reading A Castaway in Corwall on this first day of 2021. It was just what I needed as I sat in my cozy reading chair on a rainy day. To me it had a bit of a Poldark feel to it and I could picture the scenery as I read.

I enjoyed the mystery that surrounded Alex, the man Laura saved after the ship he was on wrecked near her home in Cornwall. There was sweet romance, some adventure and themes of forgiveness and reconciliation throughout this book. I have to say I think this is my ne
In this story a probably by Poldark inspired Julie Klassen takes us to Cornwall and delves into the world of shipreckers and smugglers.
I keep reading Klassen, because to me she is one of the most solid contemporary writers in christian fiction, but I find that I have a hard time connecting with her protagonists. They are superficially written and if there is one thing I cannot abide, it is badly composed characters. The story was also a let-down, - there was much potential in the premise, but i
Amanda Marie
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good. Full review to follow.
Laura Callaway daily walks the windswept Cornwall coast, known for many shipwrecks but few survivors. She feels like a castaway, set adrift on the tides of fate by the deaths of her parents and left wanting answers. Now living with her parson uncle and his parsimonious wife in North Cornwall, Laura is viewed as an outsider even as she yearns to belong somewhere again.

When ships sink, wreckers scour the shore for valuables, while Laura searches for clues to the lives lost. She has written letters
Nora St Laurent
Dec 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
I enjoyed the setting and getting to know the believable, interesting main and minor characters. I liked Laura, and her Uncle Matthew as they lived on the coast of North Cornwall, England in 1813. They helped shipwreck survivors and nursed them back to health the best they could, possibly reuniting them back with their family. The author takes her time in having readers get to know these characters and the community they lived in.

I enjoyed the Cornwall coast as the author had it come alive throu
Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama
Seriously I am never disappointed when I read a Julie Klassen book. She is one of my favorites not only because the stories are incredible but she has a way of transporting you to the setting that she is writing about. There is so much detail and little things that make you feel like you are there. You can tell that she really does her research and she loves doing so. I'm so excited to be part of her launch team for this book and being able to share it with all of you!

Like I mentioned Julie has
Set in Cornwall England in the early 1800's during the Napoleonic Wars, Laura has been taken in by her loving pastor uncle, but is not appreciated by her frugal step-aunt who feels Laura's beauty will chase away suitors from her daughter. So Laura spends her time combing the beaches for things that have floated in from downed ships. She, one evening spies, a ship that has floundered on the rocks and rushes to help out. While watching to help, she spots a survivor of the ship on the sand, and thu ...more
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Laura Callaway feels like an outsider in the coastal Cornwall village where she resides with her uncle, and his wife. Laura wanders the beaches after the wrecks, gathering things of value in hopes of returning them to their rightful owners, but when a mysterious man washes up on the beaches she feels compelled to help him, but feels that there is more to his story than he has revealed.

Laura finds herself unsure of where to turn and risking it all for a man rescued from the wreckage. Julie Klasse
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Flotsam or Jetsam

A Castaway in Cornwall is an emotional historical romance about feeling left behind and struggling to find a place in the world.

Laura and Alexander were both castaways. While Alexander was literally shipwrecked, Laura was an orphan living on the charity of relatives.

Their paths crossed when Laura, confronting the local smugglers, saved Alexander’s life and took him to her uncle’s home. I love how they slowly bond, the friendship that results, and the inner sense of belonging des
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was so wonderful to travel across the pond to visit Cornwall. Julie Klassen has such an amazing way of bringing the reader into the 1800s! I'm always transported to somewhere in England (and this time France) that I just have to visit! Cornwall, England anyone?

I don't know if this is the right thing to admit or not, but I will read a Julie Klassen novel and never bother to read the back because she's one of my favorite authors. I always know I'll get what I'm hoping for, which is to be whiske
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Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award, and ...more

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