The Governess of Penwythe Hall | Book Review

Hello, friends! I really, really enjoyed this book so I’d like to share my review of it with you all! Hope you enjoy! ❤


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 the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget.

Jac Trethewey 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 brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this 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 mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.

Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.

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 now because of how realistic he is as a human, but also because of his admirable traits and qualities. Each of the children that Delia care for are really sweet in their own ways, and I adored watching Jac love upon them right from the start. I also found Delia’s brother, Horace, an extremely intriguing character and I’m looking forward to him being (possibly?) more explored later in the series, as the author only barely scratched the surface for his character.

Delia’s past proved to be a great part of the plot that I think Ladd handled really well! I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with even a remotely similar plot to this, which is weird but delightful to read–plus, it tied in soooo well to the lovely romance! 😀 Although the middle was a bit slow action-wise, it provided a unique look on the characters’ backstories and picked right back up in a little bit.

The writing style is also absolutely gorgeous and honestly reminds me a lot of Joanne Bischof’s writing style, and I can also even see hints of Nadine Brandes’. It’s so lovely to read.

Overall, 10/10 would recommend The Governess of Penwythe Hall. Go. get. it, because gorgeous writing + masterful plot-wielding + lovely characters. 5 stars!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, and I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

I hope you all will go check out The Governess of Penwythe Hall. Here are the links, and as always, happy reading! ❤

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