I am a fan of Sarah E. Ladd’s writing and her latest, “The Light of Wyndcliff” is beautifully crafted. However, the back cover copy felt a little like a spoiler as the two major events alluded to come quite a way into the book so I kept waiting for them to happen.
I took an instant liking to Liam, he is grounded, insightful and intelligent. I felt deeply for Evelyn who is essentially alone in her existence at Wyndcliff with few friends and little society. Liam bursts onto the scene and, with his changes, revitalises Evelyn. The two don’t have the best start but proximity and circumstances keep their relationship building.
There is plenty of sadness on the cliffs of Cornwall in this era, mining isn’t as lucrative, smuggling prolific and women had very little power. Each of these comes into the story and loss is a large part of each, There is a mystery behind all of it which keeps the story moving forward and the reader guessing! It’s a four out of five on the enJOYment scale and recommended for those who enjoy historical romance!
From the back cover:
Set in 1820s Cornwall, this Regency romance evokes the captivating worlds and delicious dramas of Jane Austen, Daphne DuMaurier, and Winston Graham.
Raised on the sprawling and rugged Wyndcliff Estate near the dangerous coast of South Cornwall, Evelyn Bray lives with her grandfather, a once-wealthy man reduced to the post of steward. Evelyn is still grieving her father’s death and her mother’s abandonment when a passing ship is dashed against the rocks. The only survivors, a little girl and her injured mother, are rescued and brought to Wyndcliff Hall.
Liam Twethewey is just twenty-two when he inherits Wyndcliff Estate from his great uncle. His optimistic plans to open a china clay pit to employ the estate’s tenants meets unexpected resistance, and the rumors of smuggling and illegal activity challenge his new-found authority. Though wise beyond his years, young Liam quickly finds himself out of his depth in this land where long-held secrets and high-stakes agendas make no room for newcomers.
Brought together by troubling questions surrounding the shipwreck, Evelyn and Liam uncover even darker mysteries shrouding the estate. But as they untangle truths from deceptions, their loyalties separate them—and their budding love might not be strong enough to overcome the distance.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.