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A Castaway in Cornwall: A Book Review

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 Lost Lieutenant (Serendipity & Secrets #1)

BOOK REVIEW

BOOK BY: Erica Vetsch

What an absolute thrill to have read this book!

There are so many things I loved about this story, that if I started listing them all I might as well copy and paste the text. Erica Vetsch has done a fantastic job with her first full-length regency novel and I look forward to reading the rest of the series, which sadly won’t be out for some time.

Our hero is an honorable and upstanding guy that the reader can’t help but to love him right from the start. He’s been injured in a fight against Napolean, but he can’t remember what he did or why everyone is treating him like a hero. He suffers in silence for much of the story, but despite this, his compassion and concern for others shines.

Our heroine will do everything to protect her orphaned nephew from the fate her father, the duke of Seaton would inflict on him. As many regency stories, we find our heroine being forced into an arranged marriage and trying to keep secrets of her own. She is noble and the perfect match for our hero.

Enter the Prince Regent. Perhaps the most colourful cast member of all, he is the reason our hero and heroine end up crossing paths. Without him, our story would not be the funny, bizarre and unpredictable one it is. I loved him and the ripple effect he left behind.

There are cast members to loathe and ones to adore, and each play a significant role in propelling the story forward. Without any one of them, the story would fall flat. Erica Vetsch has done a beautiful job of weaving each character’s role throughout the pages of The Lost Lieutenant.

The spiritual thread is subtle throughout much of the story, but strong in others and contributes to the character development of our hero. It’s no wonder he’s the kind of guy he is.

If you love regency stories with romance, intrigue and heart racing drama, you will love The Lost Lieutenant.

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