Sunday, December 6, 2020

Review: "A Castaway in Cornwall" by Julie Klassen

It's always a good day when Julie Klassen has a new release! She was really my introduction to Regency romance about 10 years ago, and I've never looked back.

Set adrift on the tides of fate by the deaths of her parents and left wanting answers, Laura Callaway now lives with her uncle and his disapproving wife in North Cornwall. There she feels like a castaway, always viewed as an outsider even as she yearns to belong.

While wreckers search for valuables along the windswept Cornwall coast--known for its many shipwrecks but few survivors--Laura searches for clues to the lives lost so she can write letters to next of kin and return keepsakes to rightful owners. When a man is washed ashore after a wreck, Laura acts quickly to protect him from a local smuggler determined to destroy him.

As Laura and a neighbor care for the survivor, they discover he has curious wounds and, although he speaks in careful, educated English, his accent seems odd. Other clues wash ashore, and Laura soon realizes he is not who he seems to be. Despite the evidence against him, the mysterious man might provide her only chance to discover the truth about her parents' fate. With danger pursuing them from every side, and an unexpected attraction growing between them, will Laura ever find the answers she seeks?

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (December 1, 2020)

A Castaway in Cornwall is another beautifully written Regency romance from Julie Klassen. I loved following Laura as she tried to unravel the mystery of Alexander, the man she saved following a shipwreck. (I do have to mention that the unraveling did take a little longer than I would've liked--the pacing felt just a touch off in the middle third of the novel.) Laura and Alex had a sweet romance that was so enjoyable, and I really liked the adventures they had together. I think my favorite aspect, though, was the way that supporting characters continually surprised me. Just when I thought I had a character figured out, something would come to light that completely changed my perception of them. It was like a slow uncovering that I found to be completely delightful!

This novel is one that Regency romance and/or Klassen fans won't want to miss! 4 stars.


Read my reviews of Klassen's
The Bridge to Belle Island (4 stars), The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill (5 stars), The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (5 stars), The Bride of Ivy Green (4-1/2 stars), The Painter's Daughter (5 stars), The Apothecary's Daughter (3-1/2 stars), The Maid of Fairbourne Hall (4-1/2 stars), The Tutor's Daughter (5 stars), The Dancing Master (4-1/2 stars), and The Secret of Pembrooke Park (4 stars).

Follow the blog tour.

Join the virtual blog tour of A CASTAWAY IN CORNWALL, bestselling author Julie Klassen’s highly acclaimed new historical romance novel, November 30 – December 6, 2020, 2020. Thirteen popular blogs specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in Cornwall, England.

Nov 30 Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog
Dec 01 Bookfoolery
Dec 01 The Green Mockingbird
Dec 02 Cracking the Cover
Dec 02 Relz Reviewz
Dec 02 Lu's Reviews
Dec 03 Bookworm Lisa
Dec 03 Among the Reads
Dec 03 Heidi Reads
Dec 04 Austenesque Reviews
Dec 04 Wishful Endings
Dec 05 The Christian Fiction Girl
Dec 06 Christian Chick's Thoughts

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. Her books have sold over a million copies, and she is a three-time recipient of the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing's BEST Award and has been a finalist in the RITA and Carol Awards. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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