From the publisher:
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 book was a pleasant surprise and a delight to read. I falsely assumed this would be a hot and heavy historical romance – and was pleased when it was more in the line of historical fiction with a slow burn romance.
Evelyn’s story is one of loneliness – her mother has left her alone for nearly two years, having traveled to another city to remarry. Rather than take her daughter with her, Evelyn is left behind in the care of her gruff grandfather. The steward’s granddaughter is one who does not quite fit in at the village nor at the Wyndcliff estate.
The arrival of the new master of the estate brings in the strong-minded Liam. Come in to his great uncle’s inheritance at last, Liam has grand dreams of turning the estate into the prosperous country estate it can be.
The rich history of Cornwall is shared in this story. China clay pits (who knew that mud was a mined commodity!), shipwrecks, smugglers, freetraders — the story is interlaced with all the struggles of the day. The twists and turns along the way were a pleasant surprise and though some of the plot is telling, there were enough surprises in it to keep me up late to finish the book.
I gave this book a 4.0 out of 5.0 stars. I would’ve enjoyed a bit more steaminess for the “romance” title, but loved it as a historical book on it’s own.
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