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A Castaway in Cornwall
By Julie Klassen
Christian Historical Regency Romance
Paperback & ebook, 400 Pages
December 1, 2020 by Bethany House Publishers


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? 


“Klassen (The Bridge to Belle Island) delights with a winsome love story…an entertaining and satisfying romance.”— Publisher’s Weekly 

"Danger abounds on the wild Cornwall coast and so does romance. With a perfect blend of intrigue and tender moments, A Castaway in Cornwall is my favorite Klassen title to date."— Michelle Griep, Christy Award-winning author of Once Upon a Dickens Christmas 

“I always read Julie Klassen books, and so it's no surprise to me that I really enjoyed this one. Julie is a masterful storyteller and one I hope continues to gain readers from all backgrounds to enjoy the messages she imparts in each story.”— Meghan Lloyd, Lady with a Quill 

“Anyone who enjoys a historical romance set in Cornwall will love this story.”—Randi Annie Framnes, Randi Loves 2 Read

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My Review

A CASTAWAY IN CORNWALL is a story of mixed families, second chances, forgiveness and romance set in rugged Cornwall amidst smuggling, shipwrecks and war. Readers are sure to fall in love with this endearing story.

I really enjoyed getting to know these characters. Laura has never quite felt like she is accepted in Cornwall as she moved there after her parents' deaths. She doesn't always understand the Cornish ways, but tries her best to support and serve. She has a good heart. Alexander is a man with secrets. He is honorable, but must figure out what he can share and who he can trust. They get to know each other as Laura helps to nurse Alexander back to health and as they face challenges amidst a growing attraction. I enjoyed journeying along with them as they work through things and try to find their happily-ever-after.

The story is fairly evenly paced with a few climatic moments here and there. I found it to be an overall interesting story, although there were some lulls and some places where I felt there could have been more depth and intensity. Cornwall is an intriguing place with the shipwrecks and smuggling. It's a place of strong contrasts and a rugged land and people. The romance was sweet and the inspirational element felt natural, with a very satisfying ending.

In the end, was it what I wished for? If you enjoy character-driven stories of perseverance, family, friendship and love, I'd recommend this one. Klassen is a favorite author and she does well weaving together the Cornish setting with lovable characters and an endearing story.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary ARC from the publisher, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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.

Tour Schedule

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

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