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A Castaway in Cornwall: A Book Review


BOOK BY: Julie Klassen

Another long-awaited Julie Klassen tale at last!

As usual, Julie Klassen delivers a poignant regency that tells of love lost and the mystery that surrounds it.

Laura Callaway has lost everyone who loves her and struggles to find a place with a distant relative in Cornwall. She spends her days scouring the beaches for lost treasure she can return to the rightful owners, or to sell the unclaimed items. She assists her uncle who is a minister in recording the deaths of those washed up on shore from the shipwrecks that plague their small community.

Alexander Caraway is caught between a political shift in history, his loyalties lying with the crown of France though the throne has been stolen by Napoleon. A captain of a French military ship, he loses the battle and finds himself a prisoner of war and accused of crimes he has not committed. Caught in a storm, Alexander is one of two survivors to wash up on shore and the one Laura nurses back to health.

There is a whole slew of cast members that bring the story to life. Characters a reader can’t help but to love, hate and wish a better outcome for. Many characters have their own hardships which end satisfactorily, even some happily. It’s hard to pick a favourite secondary character from this bunch – so I won’t.

The connection between Laura and Alexander is seamlessly woven through the pages of this novel. A beautiful story of loving a neighbour – even when he or she is considered the enemy. It’s a story of overcoming the past, forgiveness and looking to God to provide.

And I have to admit, I’m thrilled to read a novel where the French guy gets the English gal (although I might be a biased when it comes to that).

In the beginning of the novel, I found there were quite a few spots with a lot of information – historical details that were significant to the time and geography but a bit jarring. It seemed quite out of the ordinary for a Julie Klassen novel. After about the third chapter the pertinent facts had been recalled and the story flowed from there.

I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Water Keeper


BOOK BY: Charles Martin

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this author I was happy to get a copy of his newest release, The Water Keeper. It’s the first time I’ve read anything by this author.

If you enjoy literary reads, Charles Martin is an author to check out. There’s much prose, heavy description of waterways, boating references and setting, and deep point of view from the hero of the story.

The topic covered in this book could definitely be a trigger for some people as the story follows sex trafficking in the south of Florida. There is a surprising scene, somewhat provocative in the beginning that may turn readers off, though considering the subject matter it fits with the story line.

I found the pacing to be slow and by the time I hit chapter five, my interest had waned. I do enjoy literary reads, but the main character is grieving heavily (of course he would be since he lost two very special people to him in a difficult circumstance) and it affected my mood as I was reading (isn’t that the mark of a good writer?). Considering world events as they are right now in 2020, I am partial to reading material that lightens my mood, not darkens it.

I found the author’s writing style to be engaging enough that I will check out previous works since many other readers have highly recommended his books.

I received an ecopy from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

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