Summary: Cornwall, 1861
Beth Jago appears to have the idyllic life, she has a trade to earn a living and a cottage of her own in Cornwall’s beautiful River Valley. Yet appearances can be deceptive …
Beth has a secret. Since inheriting her isolated cottage she’s been receiving threats, so when she finds a man in her home she acts on her instincts. One frying pan to the head and she has robbed the handsome stranger of his memory and almost killed him.
Fearful he may die, she reluctantly nurses the intruder back to health. Yet can she trust the man with no name who has entered her life, or is he as dangerous as his nightmares suggest? As they learn to trust one another, the outside threats worsen. Are they linked to the man with no past? Or is the real danger still outside waiting … and watching them both?
*I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review!*
My Thoughts: It has been a long time since I’ve read a good romance novel, and this one was great. I love a good historical fiction romance, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book and how well developed the story and characters were. Victoria Cornwall’s writing was beautiful. There were a bunch of layers to the plot that all worked really well together, without seeming overwhelming. Our main characters, Beth and Joss, had a ton of chemistry, and the progression of their relationship was very endearing. I absolutely love this time period, and seeing Beth struggle against the societal norms and class structures of the time was both fun and frustrating. I really rooted for her and felt for her situation. The mystery surrounding Joss’ identity was compelling, and I loved the reveals that we got. There was an additional mystery added with Tom, Beth’s best friend’s son. I thought it was a very interesting and nontraditional addition, to deal with his mental illness/disability at a time when no one knew how to diagnose, or really deal with it. The pacing of the story was really nice, and the ending was sweet and made me feel happy. I was expecting some more explicit love scenes that are typical of some romance novels, but I was pleased with the heat that we got and enjoyed the focus on the romantic love. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and it gave me warm and fuzzy feels. I will definitely be checking out Cornwall’s other books, whenever I am in a mood for another heart warming romance.
About the Author
Victoria Cornwall can trace her Cornish roots as far back as the 18th century and it is this background and heritage which is the inspiration for her Cornish based novels. Victoria’s writing has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award. Victoria likes to read and write historical fiction with a strong background story, but at its heart is the unmistakable emotion, even pain, of loving someone. She is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association.