A governess must return to the Cornish coast amid the insidious rumors of murder that forced her away in this Regency romance. Set in the same time period as Poldark and Bridgerton, The Governess of Penwythe Hall is rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love.
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 for Delia 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 where she’s been warned never to return.
Bachelor Jac Twethewey 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 elder brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced, he battles both grief at his 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 sinister mysteries shrouding her past—might be the end to both Jac and Delia’s carefully laid plans.
Praise for The Governess of Penwythe Hall:
“Brimming with dangerous secrets, rich characters, and the hauntingly beautiful descriptions Sarah Ladd handles so well, 1800s Cornwall is brought vividly to life in this well-crafted tale that kept me glued to the pages. What a brilliant start to a new series!”—Abigail Wilson, author of Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey
“Absolutely captivating! Once I started reading, I couldn’t put down The Governess of Penwythe Hall. This blend of Jane Eyre, Jane Austen, and Jamaica Inn has it all. Intrigue. Danger. Poignant moments. And best of all a sweet, sweet love story. This is by far my favorite Sarah Ladd book. Don’t hesitate to snatch up this title!”—Michelle Griep, Christy Award–winning author
Full-length Regency romanceFirst book in the Cornwall novels (The Governess of Penwythe Hall, The Thief of Lanwyn Manor, and The Light at Wyndcliff), but can be read as a stand-alone storyBook length: 94,000 words
Very Good Book
I rarely give books five stars but I think this one deserves it. The last five minutes were just okay, like a stock photo, but this is the most entertained I’ve been by a Christian Regency era novel in, well, probably ever. There are some dangling threads about the children’s future but it’s possible this will be a series and those questions will be answered in books to come. The faith touch was light but right. It comes across as it would’ve been for Austen or Brontë: not often mentioned because it’s taken for granted that it’s an obvious and necessary part of the life of the characters, like bathing. I don’t recall a time that I’ve ever read another explicitly Christian book with quite that same feeling. Often the religious is worked in awkwardly or reluctantly like the author is like, ‘okay I’m a Christian so I should probably say something about God here’, or they go to the other extreme and write a book to showcase the sermons. Most impressive of all to me was the plot, which was moved along by perfect pacing. I have listened to all Sarah Ladd’s books, and this one is my favorite. Read or listen but don’t miss it!