A story of faith, love, and forgiveness... The Memory House by Rachel Hauck (Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway)


Welcome to my tour stop! Read my review, an excerpt, and enter the tour giveaway below...

The Memory House
By Rachel Hauck
Christian Contemporary Romance, Time-Slip
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
April 2nd 2019 by Thomas Nelson

Summary

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a new captivating novel of two women whose lives have been destroyed by disaster but find healing in a special house.

“Hauck is a master at weaving together plots from multiple time periods.” —Library Journal

Embracing the future means remembering the past . . .

When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that either.

Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share.

Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.

"Accomplished Hauck demonstrates genre finesse as she blends inspirational romance with a cinematic style of storytelling, bringing empathic characters to life as they cope with grief in marriage and faithfulness, parenthood and adoption, death and tragedy. Challenging decisions, the blessing of finding love again, and the solace of a beautiful Victorian home all come together in this spellbinding, lovely novel." —Booklist

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My Review

THE MEMORY HOUSE is a story of learning to live after loss, faith, family, forgiveness, and love. A story that slips back and forth from present to the past as it tells the stories of two women whose lives somewhat shadow each other's. A beautiful, heartfelt story from beginning to end.

I loved everything about this story! The characters were easy to connect to and fall in love with. I loved Beck and her resolve. Her struggles were very real and affected her life and choices to a point where they're were debilitating. Miss Everleigh's life was very similar. Her loss had frozen her until a man loved her enough to try to push her to live and find happiness. Don was wonderful and just what Everleigh needed. Then there's Bruno... he's such a troubled soul and fighting for his career and his family and his own happiness. I loved, loved the way he reverts back to his friendship with Beck even though she doesn't remember. The way these two romances struggle, develop, and grow was truly beautiful. I also loved all the family that surrounds them, and all the friends. The house with its memories and the feel of peace and love it emulates as well as how faith is weaved throughout the story, played such a huge part in it all. The story pulled on my emotions and made me think. Only the best stories can do that.

This line from the book sums things up perfectly:
"What could she not accomplish if she let faith overcome her fear?"

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was a wonderful, heartwarming story. If you're a fan of Hauck or poignant stories that pull on the heart, this comes highly recommended.

Content: Some references to mature content, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary advanced reader's copy from the publisher through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author


Rachel Hauck is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY bestselling author of The Wedding Dress, which was also named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times and was a RITA finalist. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pet and writes from her ivory tower.



Excerpt from The Memory House

When Mama Applegate spoke as if Everleigh were a guest rather than a family member, she embraced it with grace. Because at the end of the day, she was Rhett’s wife. She alone shared his dreams, his heart, his life.
And at night, when she couldn’t sleep, his soft breathing was her lullaby.
“Listen, mister, I have to get back to work or I won’t make it home in time for our dinner.” She tugged at his shirt collar. “So are you going to tell me why you’re here?”
“I was going to wait until tonight, but I got so excited . . .” Rhett stepped over to the desk in front of Everleigh’s and retrieved a long white canister. “Here. Open it. I feel like a kid at Christmas.”
“Rhett, what have you done?” She pried away the cap and slipped out a set of drawings.
“Here, let me.” Rhett unrolled a rendering of a cozy house with a wraparound porch nestled between two cottonwoods. “Our house, Ev. I took those sketches you made after we were married and gave
them to the architect. What do you think?”
“Th-this is our house?” She wrapped her arms around his waist, leaning against his thick arm as she studied the drawing.
“It’s our house, darling.”
Everleigh studied the drawing. It was just like she imagined. “Are you sure?” She gazed up at her husband. “I didn’t think we’d saved enough money.”
“We’ve saved every penny of your salary, and I finally sold the stud bull to Jacob Marshall. He’s been after me for a year . . .” Rhett held her with one hand while flipping through the drawing with the other. “I bought the ten acres by the stream. You know, the one with the trees we loved. Dad wanted to give it to us, but I said no strings.
I wanted to buy it so he can’t hold it over me. Not that he would, but family business can get tricky.” Everleigh leaned to see the name of the road. Memory Lane.
“Darling, the section right off Memory Lane? The spot I wanted?”
Rhett’s grandmother had named the dirt road years ago, when she imagined a large family with lots of grandkids running around.
She envisioned an Applegate community.
But her sons, Melvin and Earl, went to war. Only Earl—nicknamed Spike—returned home the fall of 1918. He inherited the ranch, married Mama Applegate, and fathered Rhett, an only child. Grandma’s two daughters married and moved away.
“Your granny would be proud, darling,” Everleigh said. “We’re beginning her dream.”
“Sh-she would.” Rhett cleared his throat, pressing his fist over his cough. “So, w-what do you think?”
Tell him! The timing could not have been more perfect.
“Rhett, sweetheart—”
He jerked his wrist up, checking his watch. “Oh, Ev, sorry, darling, but I promised Dad I’d pick him up from the hardware store thirty minutes ago.” He gave her a quick, passing kiss. “I’d planned to show you these tonight, but I just couldn’t wait.” He rolled up the drawings and tucked them into the canister. “What is it you wanted to say?” On reflex, he checked his watch again.
“Nothing,” she said, smiling. “I’ll see you later. We can talk then. I have work to do anyway.”
“You sure?”
Everleigh fell into him and pressed her cheek against his chest.
“You make my dreams come true, Rhett Applegate.”
He kissed her one more time, then held her at arm’s length.
“Distraction, girl, you are one beautiful distraction.”
Tour Schedule

The Avid Reader, April 22
Wishful Endings, April 22
Worthy2Read, April 23
C Jane Read, April 25
Carpe Diem, April 26
Mary Hake, April 27
EmpowerMoms, April 27
Bigreadersite, April 28
Pause for Tales, April 28
Quiet Quilter, April 30
Moments, May 5
Simple Harvest Reads, May 5 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize of a copy of The Memory House!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!



Are you a Rachel Hauck fan? Have you read this one or will you be?

Weekly Update #314 and Easter...


Welcome to my Weekly Update where I post my blog's schedule for the week!

I'm linking up to The Sunday Post, hosted by Kimba @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, and to Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality.

Happy Easter! This is going up late, but I took a much needed break from blogging and the computer after finishing our kitchen (I'll have some pictures next week) by going camping with the family and some friends and then coming back and celebrating Easter in church and with my family. It was a much needed break. I have some fun books from various genres, as usual, coming up this week so hopefully you'll stop back over.
🙂

This Week


Books I still need to review that hopefully you'll see at some point in the future
(I feel like a broken record on these since they seem to still be here every week):

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Last Week

New Releases/#Free & Bargain Books for April 15th - April 21st #freebook #booksale #booklinkup #booklinky


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The Memory House by Rachel Hauck for First Line Fridays


I'm joining in First Line Fridays today, hosted by Hoarding Books.

I'm just starting this one to review next week (I'm behind in my reading) and
it has an interesting start. Let me know what you think of the first sentence...

The Memory House
By Rachel Hauck
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
April 2nd 2019 by Thomas Nelson

Summary

Embracing the future means remembering the past . . .

When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that, either.

Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share.

Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.

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First Line
She was never afraid of the dark.

Does this first line grab you? Is this book on your list to read?

An interview with the author.. Rune's Folly by Garen Glazier (Interview & #Giveaway)



Enjoy the interview and enter the tour giveaway below...

Rune's Folly
(Tower of Shells #1)
By Garen Glazier
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 288 Pages
February 5th 2019 by Only Child Press

Summary

By day, Tansy McCoy is a florist making charmed bouquets for the citizens of Junonia, capital of the Kingdom of Terranmar. By night, she’s an assassin and the keeper of the Dangerous Garden where deadly blooms grow. Together with the town tailor, butcher, baker, and metalsmith (just don’t call her a candlestick maker), she is part of the Guild, a secret group of spell-wielding thieves and mercenaries. Their task: consolidate all that remains of the realm’s fading magic under the ruthless King Zeno’s control.

Impetuous loner Tansy chafes under her Guild demands. She longs to quit her town and trade and head for the hills. Unfortunately, King Zeno has other plans. He wants to marry off his daughter to Terranmar’s famously reclusive wizard, Rune Hallows, and he’s willing to have the Guild kidnap him to make it happen. Fail to deliver the wizard and the consequences will be swift and deadly.

Reluctant but determined, Tansy sets out on the long journey to faraway Wentletrap and Rune’s desolate tower by the sea. To get there she must cross a swamp full of sinister surprises, battle a werewolf, and outrace a bloodthirsty band of revenants, while she wrestles with her own magical powers that seem to be expanding in unpredictable ways.

But reaching Rune’s tower is only the beginning. When Tansy learns the real reason behind the king’s contest, she’ll need to decide whether to give in to the growing forces of magic ready to reclaim Terranmar or embrace her newfound powers to save the kingdom.

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Author Interview

Q: Would you tell us a little more about the main characters from RUNE’S FOLLY?

A: RUNE’S FOLLY is really the story of two characters. First, there’s Tansy McCoy. She’s a little snarky and prickly. She’s haunted by feelings she can’t quite explain. But she’s also smart and loyal and good at what she does: growing and using poisonous plants. She shares the spotlight with Rune Hallows, a wizard with the ability to conjure ghosts. He’s brash, sarcastic, and not a little self-important, but hiding behind his witty quips and good looks is a broken heart.

Q: What is the Guild and who are the members that most interact with Tansy?

A: When the Kingdom of Terranmar was a kingdom of magic, the Guild was an elite but secret group tasked with carrying out special missions for the Crown. Now in the days of the Great Fade, when magic is rare and the kingdom a shadow of its former self, the Guild has, like all good things in Terranmar, deteriorated. Now they’re not much more than a group of ambitious hustlers with a modicum of magic at their disposal running dubious jobs for a selfish king.

Besides Tansy there’s Mallo, the ringleader and a shady sort of necromancer; Stap, the newest member with a suspicious taste for blood; Cava, part-dwarf and fully badass lady metalsmith; and Bert, a shifter that can bake a mean cookie.

Q: What one piece of advice would Tansy give about traveling to Wentletrap?

A: If possible, stick to the main road. If, to save time on your way to that godsforsaken village, you need to cut through the Melampus swamp, take a buddy and watch out for snakes. When you get to the Farn, don’t burn the grass.

I guess that was more like three pieces of advice, but Tansy’s not very good at following the rules.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the book’s cover?

A: Oh, this is a tough question because I love everything about the cover, but if I absolutely had to choose it would be that wonderous golden orb that’s both a shell and a flower and so perfectly captures in an image the mystery and magic that runs through the book.

Q: What part or aspect of this story do you love the most?

A: I think Rune’s tower is a strong contender. It’s almost a character in itself – brooding and enigmatic. I love it’s setting out on the water, and how it’s only reachable when the tide is out. And I love how the inside is covered in an impossibly intricate mosaic of shells. Mostly, though, I love that the tower is really Rune’s tribute and his penance to someone he has lost, and in so being, it’s become so much more: a portal to a dark new world.

Q: What challenged you about writing RUNE’S FOLLY?

A: Writing Rune’s Folly was a lot of fun, but finding the time to sit down and get it out on the page was hard. I’m a SAHM with two young daughters and at the end of the day I’m just about done. But those evening hours are my writing time so even it felt like my creative juices had evaporated in the friction inherent in parenting little ones I had to rally and put my time in with my laptop and my story.

Q: Do you have any specific snacks you eat or music you listen to when you write?

A: I love a big, steaming mug of peppermint tea. Then I put on my headphones and listen to music that I know well enough that it won’t be a distraction, but that I still find inspiring. For Rune’s Folly it was usually Michele McLaughlin. She does solo piano and her sound is just haunting and magical and enchanting so it made for a perfect companion to RUNE’S FOLLY.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

A: Do not give up! The writing life isn’t easy. Facing the blank page is daunting. Once you get past that and get your story down, the editing process can be just as tough. Then there are so many hurdles on the path to publication and after your book is finally published it can be tough to spread the word and get it in the hands of readers. When it’s in readers’ hands you need to brace yourself for critical reviews.

Each step on the path is a challenge, a moment that will test your dedication, but stick with it. The reward of putting out a book you’re proud of and connecting with readers who have embraced your story is worth the struggle.

Q: What 2019 book(s) are you anticipating reading this year?

A: Well, I know I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but I am devouring Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer. I haven’t even finished it, and I know I’ll be picking up Muse of Nightmares as soon as I turn the last page. I’m also really looking forward to Leigh Bardugo’s Ninth House, her adult debut.

Q: What are you working on next?

The sequel to Rune’s Folly! I’m hoping to have it out by the beginning of fall this year.

About the Author


I have always called Seattle home and find the perpetual gloom to be a wonderful writing ally. I like coffee shops, bookstores, dancing in my living room and singing in my car. The opening scene of Up makes me cry. Three Amigos makes me laugh. Fashion magazines, croissants, and long, long baths are my guilty pleasures. They might occur separately or together. I prefer boxing classes to yoga, and I get some of my best ideas when I’m running. I loved school and spent more time than one really should getting a business degree in marketing and a master’s in art history. In an ideal world I’d go to bed at 2am and wake up at 10am. I’ve never been an early bird, and I feel strongly that alarm clocks kill dreams.


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A New Theatrical Release... Jane and Emma (Review, Trailer, & #Giveaway)


I've heard about Jane in historical accounts in regards to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
Day Saints so this video piqued my interest. Read my review and enter the giveaway below...

Jane and Emma
LDS Historical
Director: Chantelle Squires
Cast: Danielle Deadwyler, Emily Goss, Brad Schmidt
Rating: PG
DVD & CD, 1 hour 34 minutes
March 12th 2019 by Excel Entertainment


Summary

JANE & EMMA is based on the life of Sister Jane Manning, one of the first black Mormons. She returns to Nauvoo to find that Joseph Smith, her prophet and friend, has been assassinated. Jane spends a ceaseless night with his widow, Emma Smith, sitting watch over the body of the prophet as a whirlwind of loss and confusion leaves them wondering how either one of them will be able to move forward. Through the long night, Jane wonders if the prophet’s promise to extend the blessings of eternity to her has died along with him. The film explores the possible events of that night, including Jane’s endeavor to remain amongst the Mormon people and Emma’s struggle to cope with her heartbreaking loss. Poignant issues of racism and polygamy threaten to break their bond of friendship. In the end, will Jane and Emma have the courage to follow the path each believes they must take?

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My Review

JANE AND EMMA is a beautiful, heart-wrenching story about the relationship between Emma Smith (wife to Joseph Smith) and Jane Manning (a free black). From the first scene, the film catches viewers' attention, and then the history between these two women unfold through glimpses of the past as Jane stays with Emma after the assassination of Joseph. A film that touches the heart and brings to light this poignant relationship.

I usually have a somewhat low level of expectation for most independent films. However, I felt the quality of the acting and cinematography was fantastic. I particularly loved the actress who played Jane. She filled the role well and portrayed the historical era as well as her struggles and hopes in a way that came across as authentic and genuine. Some of the subject matter was heart-wrenching, but I thought it was all handled in such a way that the messages and issues were conveyed without being too descriptive or crude. It is a darker story as the subject matter is more heavy. Some parts come off as overly dramatized, such as Emma dealing with the loss of her husband (she comes off a little crazy and completely lost in grief).  I appreciated the end credits with some additional historical facts, but I would have liked more facts in the story and less fiction. Overall, I still thought that it was well done.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I really enjoyed this and would recommend it to those who want to know more about this relationship (although many parts are fictional).

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Source: I received a complimentary copy from a publicist, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

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Check out this dark fantasy... The Spitting Post by Jason R. Barden (Excerpt & #Giveaway)

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The Spitting Post
By Jason R. Barden

The Spitting Post
By Jason R. Barden
Adult Dark Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 220 Pages
December 8th 2017 by The Wild Rose Press

Vincent Carpenter’s life is a wreck. He has given up his dreams. He has lost his job after an economic disaster. His ten-year marriage is crumbling. Then he awakens in a maniacal land of frighteningly vivid realism with skull trees, glowing forests, ravenous beasts, and other psychologically haunting adversity.

While traveling through this demented unearthly world, he has a chance encounter with a beautiful maiden dressed in green; before he can start a conversation, she disappears into the unknown. Vincent must try to find her at a fantastical place known as the Spitting Post. But first he must overcome many macabre misfortunes and face nightmares that question his sanity. Will he reach her? What will the Spitting Post reveal? Will he suffer more disappointment and tragedy? Or will he find peace at last?


Excerpt

I was lost in thought when again I heard the violin’s call. It was close this time—too close. I stopped and surveyed the land with terrified eyes, growing more anxious with each passing note. The ambient tune working itself into a manic frenzy. Can’t they shut up? With that racket the beast would find us, and I knew what would happen when it did. There would be no more violin playing for that musician, and I would never find The Green Maiden.

I scanned the countryside for the insane violinist and spotted him on a small hill just to my right. When I saw his ghastly appearance, I almost wished I hadn’t found him. He was a stout man dressed in total blackness with a red violin resting against his shoulder. His skin was a brilliant white, as white as a bed sheet. On his head was a black top hat, and he wore a twisted grin on his porcelain face.

“What are you doing?” I yelled. “It will hear us!”

The man said nothing and kept playing his maddening melody.

“Are you crazy?”

The man opened his mouth wide and without moving his lips, he said, “Precisely.”

Then he began to cry tears of blood, yet still he played. The blood rolled down his face and pooled on the grass. Then I came to a grotesque realization. He was not playing for amusement; he was calling the beast.

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About the Author


Jason R. Barden began writing poetry around the age of thirteen. At age thirty-three, he transitioned into dark fantasy and horror fiction. His first novel The Spitting Post is available at Amazon and other online retailers. In addition to writing, he enjoys hiking and photography.


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I Can't Wait for... A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund (Can't-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday) #CWW #WOW


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you're continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

Jody Hedlund is such a talented author and I'm more of a fan with each release. Her newest comes out in June and I can't wait! It's my pick this week...

A Reluctant Bride
(The Bride Ships #1)
By Jody Hedlund
Christian Historical Romance
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
June 4th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers

Summary

Living in London's poorest slum, Mercy Wilkins has little hope of a better life. When she's offered an opportunity to join a bride ship sailing to British Columbia, she agrees. After witnessing so much painful heartache and loss in the slums, the bride ship is her only prospect to escape a bleak future, not only for herself but, she hopes, someday for her sister.

Wealthy and titled Joseph Colville leaves home and takes to the sea in order to escape the pain of losing his family. As ship's surgeon, he's in charge of the passengers' welfare aboard the Tynemouth, including sixty brides-to-be. He has no immediate intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, the two must fight against a forbidden love.

With hundreds of single men congregating on the shore eager to claim a bride from the Tynemouth, will Mercy and Joseph lose their chance at true love, or will they be able to overcome the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart?

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Will you be reading this one?

Escape to Historical Cornwall with this new release... The Governess of Penwythe by Sarah E. Ladd (Review & #Giveaway)


Welcome to my tour stop! Read my review and enter the tour giveaway below...

The Governess of Penwythe
(The Cornwall Novels #1)
By Sarah E. Ladd
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
April 16th 2019 by Thomas Nelson

Summary

In the first of a new series from beloved Regency romance author, Sarah Ladd, Delia, a governess to five recently orphaned children, would risk anything to protect them . . . even her heart.

Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.

Cornwall, England, 1811

Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget.

Jac Trethewey is determined to revive 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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My Review

THE GOVERNESS OF PENWYTHE is a story of loss, faith, family, and love with a twist of danger. Readers will fall in love with these characters, especially the children under the governess's care. Highly recommended to historical romance fans, both in the general and Christian markets.

It was so easy to love these characters! Delia has a troubled past, but she is loyal, optimistic, loving, and cares deeply for the children in her care. The Twethewey children are wonderful and charming. I loved getting to know their different personalities and felt for their struggles as they try to recover from their parents' deaths. Jac is a wonderful mix of hard-working, genuine country landowner and dashing gentleman. Both Delia and Jac have their weaknesses and vulnerabilities as well as strengths. Flaws make them feel human, so I appreciate how well formed each of their characters are. I felt for their hardships and the tough choices they faced, which made the ending that much sweeter. Really quite perfect.

The story itself moves at the great pace. There is a feel of mystery and suspense in parts, balanced with fun, laughter and romance. The story never drags and there are several twists to keep it interesting with a few climaxes as well.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved this story and highly recommend it! Ladd never disappoints, and that is definitely the case here.

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Source: I received a complimentary eARC from the publisher on NetGalley through Celebrate Lit, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author


Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever.


More About The Governess of Penwythe Hall

5 things to know about Cornwall, England:
  1. Throughout its early history, Cornwall’s inhabitants called the country Kernow.
  2. Early inhabitants largely spoke their own language known as “Cornish,” which became nearly extinct in the 1800s
  3. The country has a long and rugged coastline and there were frequent shipwrecks.
  4. Fishing was a major industry, with herring, mackerel, and sardines being common catches.
  5. In 1870, novelist and poet Thomas Hardy called Cornwall “the region of dream and mystery.”
Imagine yourself in The Governess of Penwythe Hall with these pictures of 19th Century life in Cornwall
(Sources: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/empire_seapower/cornish_nation_01.shtmlhttps://www.maritimeheritage.org/ports/Cornwall.htmlhttp://www.cornwallgoodseafoodguide.org.uk/cornish-fishing/history-of-the-cornish-fishing-industry.php)

Tour Schedule

Back Porch Reads, April 11
LifeofLiterature, April 11
Moments, April 11
Genesis 5020, April 11
Mary Hake, April 12
KarenSueHadley, April 13
EmpowerMoms, April 13
The Avid Reader, April 14
Wishful Endings, April 15
Simple Harvest Reads, April 15 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
The Becca Files, April 16
Remembrancy, April 17
Worthy2Read, April 18
By The Book, April 18
Pause for Tales, April 21
Bigreadersite, April 22
Hallie Reads, April 23
Henry Happens, April 24

Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away a grand prize of a finished paperback copy of The Governess of Penwythe Hall!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! 



One of Ladd's first books, The Headmistress of Rosemere, is still an old favorite of mine. Have you read any of her books? Will you be reading this one?