Series: Cornwall #3
Published by Thomas Nelson on October 13, 2020
Source: the publisher
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Set in 1820s Cornwall, this Regency romance evokes the captivating worlds and delicious dramas of Jane Austen, Daphne DuMaurier, and Winston Graham.
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 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. The only survivors, a little girl and her injured mother, are rescued and brought to Wyndcliff Hall.
Liam Twethewey is just twenty-two when he inherits Wyndcliff Estate from his great uncle. His optimistic plans to open a china clay pit to employ the estate’s tenants meets unexpected resistance, and the rumors of smuggling and illegal activity challenge his new-found authority. Though wise beyond his years, young Liam quickly finds himself out of his depth in this land where long-held secrets and high-stakes agendas make no room for newcomers.
Brought together by troubling questions surrounding the shipwreck, Evelyn and Liam uncover even darker mysteries shrouding the estate. But as they untangle truths from deceptions, their loyalties separate them—and their budding love might not be strong enough to overcome the distance.
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The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd is set in 1820 Cornwall and features Liam Twethewey, who has assumed ownership of Wyndcliff Estate by way of inheriting it. Liam has plans to start a china clay pit business right there on the property, but there is a shipwreck on the estate grounds and this grabs his attention first. As the story of the shipwreck unfolds, mysteries and secrets are revealed. Liam will work along with Evelyn Day to figure things out and through their working relationship, a sweet romance will develop.
I’ll be honest here for a second: I haven’t read the previous books in this series yet. But I have read other books by this author and loved them. Jumping into this series with this third book didn’t take away from the reading experience at all. Ms. Ladd is one of my favorites for writing details so that I can vividly see scenes play out in my head as I read. I feel like I could not only see this beautiful setting at Cornwall-I could almost feel the wind and smell the seaside air. You can tell there is a lot of research done to make the story as real and authentic to the time and place as possible, and I particularly love her descriptions of clothing and decor because I feel like it makes me feel closer to the time period.
I have always loved historical fiction and historical romance, but I am finding that I love the addition of mystery to the story more and more. The suspense that builds as the pages turn coupled with the atmosphere of the Cornish shore is just to die for. In this story, Liam and Evelyn have a fantastic backdrop to their slow, steady romance and I really just enjoyed pretty much everything about The Light at Wyndcliff. It was such a delightful read and it makes me want to prioritize reading the previous books in this series. Reading this story reminded me of Jane Austen’s books and also Abigail Wilson’s books, and I think fans of Regency era historical mysteries with romance will really enjoy this one.