Third and final blog tour of the day and TWG is stepping back in time with Nicola Pryce and ‘The Cornish Lady’. Apologies for the delay in posting this review, I have had a few fainting episodes this afternoon. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:
Educated, beautiful and the daughter of a prosperous merchant, Angelica Lilly has been invited to spend the summer in high society. Her father’s wealth is opening doors, and attracting marriage proposals, but Angelica still feels like an imposter among the aristocrats of Cornwall.
When her brother returns home, ill and under the influence of a dangerous man, Angelica’s loyalties are tested to the limit. Her one hope lies with coachman Henry Trevelyan, a softly spoken, educated man with kind eyes. But when Henry seemingly betrays Angelica, she has no one to turn to. Who is Henry, and what does he want? And can Angelica save her brother from a terrible plot that threatens to ruin her entire family?
What does TWG think?
Oh I did enjoy this one! Historical fiction lovers, you are in for a treat! I didn’t quite pay attention to the fact that ‘The Cornish Lady’ is indeed the fourth book in the ‘Cornish Saga’ series. Thankfully though, I was more than capable of reading this installment as a standalone – ideal seeing as I hadn’t read the previous books.
Like most other historical fiction novels, the pace of this particular storyline wasn’t incredibly fast, and the author took her time in revealing pieces of information at a pace which suited the consensus of the overall book. If you’re not a patient person, slow burning novels can be a little frustrating to read. However if they are written in a way that is as magnetic as this, patience certainly becomes a virtue.
Angelica is a feisty character who tries to be something she isn’t, as though she constantly has to prove a point. Her fiery nature had me rooting for her from the start, especially as she was adamant that she wasn’t going to be how society wanted her to be in terms of marriage. ‘The Cornish Lady’ is set during a time where it was considered to be a ‘mans world’, but it was clear that Angelica would go above and beyond to not adhere to that.
I loved just how magnetic the overall storyline was, pulling me into an enthusiastically written story with minimal effort. I struggled to connect with several of the other characters in the book, I will admit, but the lack of connection didn’t dampen my enjoyment of the overall book.
I am so pleased that I took a chance on this book what with it being so far in a series; Nicola Pryce didn’t disappoint and left my historical tastebuds wanting more.
About the author.
Nicola Pryce came to writing after a career in nursing. She has an Open University degree in Humanities and is a qualified adult literacy support volunteer. She is lives in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset and when she isn’t writing she’s probably gardening or scrubbing the decks. She and her husband love sailing and for the last twenty years they have sailed in and out of the romantic harbours of the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure: it is there where she sets her books.
The Cornish Lady is her fourth book: The others are Pengelly’s Daughter, The Captain’s Girl, and The Cornish Dressmaker.
Nicola is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Historical Writers Association.
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