Today I’m handing the blog back to Mandie who has a review of The Cornish Lady by Nicola Pryce. Our thanks go to publisher Corvus Books for providing an advance copy for review and to Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for including us in the tour. Here’s what the book’s about.
The Bookish Bits
The fourth novel in a stunning series set in eighteenth-century Cornwall, perfect for fans of Poldark.
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?
I love historical fiction as despite it being just that “Fiction” there is always an element of the past in there that gives you an insight into the hardships and highs that people from that era went through giving the reader a slight glimpse into a different time.
Angelica Lilly, although she comes from a well to do family, still can’t really escape her mother’s past, nor does she necessarily want to. It is this fact that starts off a chain of events that follow her when she goes to stay with family friends and puts her in the path of Henry Trevelyan. A coachman who is not all he seems to be, Henry appears in Angelicas life periodically and usually at the time that she most needs him.
Angelica is quite a feisty character and although on the surface she appears to be following her father’s wishes by agreeing to a marriage with an older but titled man, she really wants to be able to determine her own life whilst also taking care that her brother does not ruin the family and their reputation. She is far more aware of the family business than her father realises and often deals with things on his behalf and you get the feeling she would love to be a real part of it all but knows that due to society rules, it will be her brother, no matter how undeserving who will inherit it.
Henry Trevelyan is the perfect sparring partner for Angelica. Despite his apparent station in life being below her, he challenges her beliefs and trust issues proving to her that not everyone does things expecting reward. Later when he is instrumental in her brother’s arrest, she again is challenged wanting to hate him but knowing that he may also be the only person that can help her. A nice touch was at the beginning of the book the author had laid out a type of family tree of the main characters in the story and how they were linked to each other. The start of the book does then take a little time so that the reader can get to know them but once you get into the story it really picks up the pace. The Cornish Lady has a little bit of everything in it, romance, highwaymen, theatre and prison breaks so will appeal to a variety of readers.
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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