About the Book
In the small Cornish village of Pevlyn, secrets are as treacherous as the rocky English shores.
Cornwall, England, 1820
Raised on the sprawling and rugged Wyndcliff Estate near the dangerous coast of South Cornwall, Evelyn Bray lives with her grandfather, a once-wealthy man now reduced to the post of steward. Evelyn is still grieving her father’s death and her mother’s abandonment when a passing ship is dashed against the rocks.
Liam Twethewey is a mere two and twenty when he inherits Wyndcliff Estate from his great uncle. His optimistic plans of opening a china clay pit to employ the estate’s tenants meets unexpected resistance, and rumors of smuggling and illegal activity challenge his newfound authority.
Brought together by troubling questions surrounding the shipwreck, Evelyn and Liam uncover even darker mysteries shrouding the estate. But as they untangle truth from deception, their loyalties separate them—and their budding love might not be strong enough to overcome the distance.
This latest Regency romance from Sarah E. Ladd evokes the captivating worlds and delicious dramas of Jane Austen, Daphne du Maurier, and Winston Graham.
A huge thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Around this time last year, my first October read was Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMaurier. It’s only fitting that I revisited the treacherous Cornish coast of the 19th century.
This was a wonderful read. I found myself championing the heroine’s efforts to establish a new life for herself. Evelyn has been at the mercy of a domineering grandfather an a fickle mother her entire life. When the new owner arrives at the estate where she has lived since she was a child, the animosity of the village is palpable. Her grandfather, who as steward of Wyndcliffe has a position of unassailable authority in the community, is enraged at the effrontery of the upstart.
Liam has looked forward to claiming his legacy since he learned he was his uncle’s heir. He has spent his life making plans for the success of the estate, and arrives full of hope and grand plans. He doesn’t expect the undercurrent of violence he encounters, the cutthroat culture surrounding the salvage of shipwrecks, or his instant attraction to Evelyn.
Evelyn and Liam are irrevocably drawn to each other – despite the difference in their stations and all of the forces determined to thrust them
I loved the historical detail, tender Regency romance and hint of Gothic intrigue.