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.
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The Governess of Penwythe Hall follows Delia Greythorne, a widowed governess and Jac Trethewey, the owner of a struggling Penwythe Hall.
As Delia’s employer, Randall Trethewey, lies on his death bed, he asks Delia to follow his 5 children to their new home and continue to watch over them. Accepting Randall’s request means having to go back to her hometown and coming face to face with her past, but to deny his request means abandoning the children she has grown attached to over the last 3 years and leaving them with an uncle and home they do not know. If it wasn’t bad enough that Jac had been having trouble to make his apple orchids, that Penwythe Hall depends on, a success; Jac now has 5 children to think about who now depend on him too.
Delia has to face her past head on and Jac must come to terms with the loss of his brother and the fact that he might lose Penwythe Hall but both Delia and Jac have to navigate raising the five children together and their own complicated relationship.
Death is sad, but for those who remain behind, there is life yet to be lived. And I hope this family can embrace it to the fullest.
Now let's talk about Jac and Delia! Their relationship is so wholesome and cute, I just cannot. I really loved the fact that the relationship between Jac and Delia was built at a steady rate. Their interactions leading up to the romance are perfect. Jac and Delia not only have such great dialogue together, but their separate inner monologues really pull their romance together and makes it believable.
“The children and their well-being mean everything to me.”
So, my thoughts on The Governess of Penwythe Hall... I liked it. I really did like this book. I found it entertaining, the banter in this book was top tier, the self-reflection was there, character growth was shown and the romance was *chef’s kiss*. That being said, I found Delia’s past, almost silly and in some parts unnecessary or dragging. Don’t get me wrong I was with this book every step of the way, but there were times I couldn’t help but feel that the stakes in this book sounded cartoonish and unrealistic, in the way the topic was talked about and handled, in my opinion.
He crossed to the bed in two paces and snatched up the note.
Tell me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t that note just sound cartoonish? Anyways, I digress. Sarah E. Ladd writes beautifully. The imagery and the tone of this book is just gorgeous. I really appreciated the pacing of this book and the powerful message of faith that this book has.
Why she had not prayed more, she didn’t know. Fear seemed to be the dictating force in her life, especially since the loss of her family. Perhaps that was why. Fear knew no bounds and came in so many forms: Fear of what the future held. Fear of more loss. Fear of opening her heart and finding pain. Fear that if she did pray, her words would not be heard.
Along with a slow-burn romance and beautifully written imagery, Sarah has written a fully fleshed out supporting cast. The Governess of Penwythe Hall is definitely worth the read and is perfect for those days that you feel you need a pick me up.
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