I’m handing back over to Mandie who has a blog tour review of The Daughter of River Valley by Victoria Cornwall. thanks to Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting us to join the tour. Here is what the book is all about:
About the Book
Can you trust a man with no name?
Beth Jago appears to have the idyllic life, she has a trade to earn a living and a cottage of her own in Cornwall’s beautiful River Valley. Yet appearances can be deceptive …
Beth has a secret. Since inheriting her isolated cottage she’s been receiving threats, so when she finds a man in her home she acts on her instincts. One frying pan to the head and she has robbed the handsome stranger of his memory and almost killed him.
Fearful he may die, she reluctantly nurses the intruder back to health. Yet can she trust the man with no name who has entered her life, or is he as dangerous as his nightmares suggest? As they learn to trust one another, the outside threats worsen. Are they linked to the man with no past? Or is the real danger still outside waiting … and watching them both?
In the Daughter of River Valley we meet Beth Jago. Living alone since her grandfather’s death she is convinced that she is being watched, so when a stranger bursts into her cottage she defends herself in the only way she knows how. The only problem now is that she is faced with an unconscious man who she feels obliged to nurse back to health, hoping that he will regain his memory and move on.
Beth is quite a feisty character. I am not sure that faced with an intruder, even one I had rendered unconscious I would be quite so willing to nurse them back to health, but as she feels responsible for his predicament and a little concerned of the possible ramifications of her actions, that’s exactly what she decides to do. She is taking a big risk doing this as she is well aware of her reputation due to her start in life as an illegitimate child born in a workhouse. Despite all this she is also determined to support herself by taking in mending for the locals and one day hopes to improve her situation.
Joss, despite having no memory of who he is, or why he is in River Valley at Beth’s cottage, somehow feels that he should help Beth. He is plagued by nightmares that he doesn’t understand but as his strength returns he starts doing odd jobs around the cottage to repay her kindness. As he starts to get flashes of memory he tries to uncover who he is. He senses all is not right with Beth and when he notices someone hanging around he is quick to jump to her defence.
As the book progresses you can see the growing attraction between Beth and Joss however neither one is ready to act upon it as they believe that Joss is married and after how her mother suffered at the hands of a married man, Beth is determined not to repeat history. As the truth is slowly revealed, their past still hinders their future, and it takes a gentle shove from Joss’s sister to help them get past this to find the peace and happiness they both deserve.
I love the Cornish setting of this book as I have always loved the area. In fact I did have a slight smile to myself as I was reading about Truro just at the precise moment I was travelling through there. Victoria Cornwall describes the Cornish landscape very well and although River Valley is a fictitious place, it could be just about anywhere in Cornwall.
The Daughter of River Valley is the third book in the Cornish Tales series but it works well as a stand-alone. Having thoroughly enjoyed reading it I now feel that I need to hunt down the first two books in the series and add them to my reading list.
If you would like to read The Daughter of River Valley it is available from the following links:
About the Author
Victoria Cornwall can trace her Cornish roots as far back as the 18th century and it is this background and heritage which is the inspiration for her Cornish based novels.
Victoria’s writing has been shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romantic Fiction and her debut novel reached the final for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award.
Victoria likes to read and write historical fiction with a strong background story, but at its heart is the unmistakable emotion, even pain, of loving someone.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
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