The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Ladd

Cordelia Greythorne, a widow, is Governess to five young children at Eastern Park. Their mother had recently passed away and now their father is fighting for his life due to a riding accident. Upon his death, she is informed by the attorney that their uncle is now the children’s guardian and she and the boy’s tutor are to take them to Penwythe Hall on the Cornish Coast. They are to live at the hall and continue their duties.

The Governess of Penwythe Hall
Sarah E. Ladd
Thomas Nelson
April 2019

Penwythe Hall is close to Cornwall where she lived with her late husband before his death. She had been evicted from her home by her mother-in-law and told never to return or there would be dire consequences. Now she is returning and hopes her in-laws will not learn she in the area.

Their arrival at the hall was not a pleasant one. Their uncle had not receive notice they were coming and that his brother was dead. After a rocky start they are soon settled into a routine that is comfortable for the children. Cordelia is beginning to feel comfortable about being so near Cornwell until the night of the Frost Ball where she is confronted by her brother-in-law. She has something they want and they are not giving up until they get it.

Her sister is dying and her brother comes to take her to the vicarage in Whitecross. After being gone for several weeks, Liam, the oldest son, has came to fetch her home. His Uncle Jac soon arrives at the vicarage looking for him. Liam is kidnapped by the Greythornes. Cordelia is to come to the beach and tell them what she knows or they will kill him. Well she and Jac be able to save Liam? Well the authorities catch the Greythornes in their smuggling activities? Will Jac finally declare his feelings for Cordelia?

This is the first book in the Cornwell Novels series introducing the Twetheway family. It is rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the allure of new love.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to all readers.

Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.