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?
First, I have to admit I have never read Jane Austen or Victorian books. I love to get of my comfort zone and for the blog tour I was eager to read the fourth book in this series. So, yes, I never read any book in this genre before, but indeed I loved this one. You can read it as a stand alone like me, but I think it’s more intriguing to read the early books too, so you experience the whole atmosphere and setting better, but it is perfectly doable to just read The Cornish Lady.
Angelica is a feighty personality who lives in the 19th century. When the book starts her life is in turmoil. As a young and intelligent lady she is not interested in her expected marriage, no as a daughter of a wealthy merchant and a deceased actress, she has other plans. Like her father, she is into business, but as a woman’s and in that time there were other expectations. One day everything is changing. Her father, maybe found a new love and her brother returns to home, but is acting strange. His friend is bothering her and she doesn’t trust him. Luckily she has a great contact with all the servants at her house and Henry Trevelyan is a very promising guy who she really likes.
he story is set in Cornwall and bit by bit I learn to know more about her charming life and her tribes. I was getting a glimpse of the political and social stories and was treated to a fascinating story. Angelica uses her skill as an “actress” and first has everything she desires. Someday the point is turning and Lily has to fight for her beliefs and the protection of her family. Nothing is what it seems and when Henry Trevelyan, who she finally trusts, apparently betrays her, her world falls apart. Angelica has to search a way out to save her family and to find out the truth.
The Cornish Lady is a great introduction, full detail, in a high society world, set in lovely places and with an intriguing story about loyalty, family, betrayal and secrets. Angelica is a lady that acts different than expected for that time and that is adding punch to this historical fiction.
The Cornish Lady is quite fantastic for historian fiction lovers, but is actually a charming read for everyone who loves an engrossing story!
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.
Titel: The Cornish Lady | Leesfragment | Auteur: Nicola Pryce | Uitgeverij: Atlantic Books | Categorie: historische romans | Uitvoering: paperback | 464 pagina’s | ISBN13: 9781786493859 | Verkrijgbaar sinds: maart 2019 |Recensent: Fany van Hemelen | Datum recensie: 15-03-2019 | Prijs: €8,99 | Bestellen