23 April 2019

The Governess of Penwythe Hall | Book Review, Guest Post + Giveaway


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.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: April 16, 2019



Take a trip to historical Cornwall in Sarah E. Ladd’s latest novel, The Governess of Penwythe Hall. Amidst a complicated family situation, there’s intrigue, danger, and romance aplenty—sure to please the historical-romance reader.

After losing her husband and child, Cordelia Greythorne becomes the governess for the Trethewey children. When the death of their father sends them to Penwythe Hall and their estranged uncle, Jac Trethewey, Delia must confront the past she tried to escape and with Jac, determine how to proceed into the future.

With the Regency charm I now expect from Ladd, The Governess of Penwythe Hall is a delight to read. I enjoyed every minute I spent within this story and look forward to continuing the series when the next book releases.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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.


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.



To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away a grand prize of a finished paperback copy of The Governess of Penwythe Hall. Enter below, and be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway.



  1. Can't wait to read this sounds good.

  2. Great review! Sounds pleasantly charming!

  3. Wonderful review! I enjoy Sarah Ladd's books! I'm excited to read this one.