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Reading Room: The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

Sarah E. Ladd pens tender, wholesome stories with kind characters. They are what I like to call feel-good books, and feeling good is exactly what the reader can expect. Whenever I need a dose of calm in my fiction, I read inspirational romance. Ladd's newest book, The Governess of Penwythe Hall, offered just what I needed it when I needed it. Spending Easter weekend sick is no picnic, but it turned out to be quite enjoyable with Jac, Delia, and the children. The romance is subtle, yet present and sweet. Sometimes I like a good steamy thriller with high doses of chemistry, and other times I prefer the kind of romance that enters on a gentle whisper. I eagerly await the next installment.



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 for her 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’s tried desperately to forget.


Jac Twethewey 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, he battles both grief at his 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 series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.

The Reading Room is where I share books, because authors are readers, too! I don't review books on my blog, not precisely, but I do like to share books I've read and enjoyed. I call it "sharing the book love." My tastes are eclectic, so expect to see everything from sweet, wholesome romance to edge-of-your-seat, sexy thrillers, and more in between.

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