Monday, February 11, 2019

The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E Ladd

Book review of The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E Ladd (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins

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 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 tries desperately to forget.
Jac Trethewey 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 at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this 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 Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.
The governess of Penwythe Hall wasn't always a governess. At one time she was a lady in her own right, and after her marriage, a fairly powerful one. All of that is gone in a flash when her husband dies and his family hates her. Off she goes, finding a home with the Trethewey family where she feels far enough out of reach and comfortable in her place. When tragedy strikes, however, she suddenly finds herself moving far too close to where it all began.

It's an interesting enough plot, but certainly not a quick moving one, and unfortunately it's rather predictable. There are some likeable characters sprinkled throughout. I found I liked the oldest and the youngest children the best out of anyone in the story. It's an interesting enough story, but I wouldn't go as far as fantastic.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

About the Author

Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Code of Valor by Lynette Eason

Book review of Code of Valor by Lynette Eason (Revell) by papertapepins

She's living proof that what you don't know could kill you

What Detective Brady St. John really needs is a relaxing vacation. Unfortunately, just as the sun is setting on his second day at a friend's cabin on Lake Henley, he hears a scream and races to rescue a woman from her would-be killer. When the killer escapes only to return to finish the job, Brady vows to utilize all of his many resources to keep her safe--and catch those who would see her dead.

Financial crimes investigator Emily Chastain doesn't trust many people. And even though she's trying to cooperate with the detective who saved her life, there are some things she doesn't know--and some things you just don't share with a stranger. Little does she suspect that what she doesn't know just might get them both killed.

Another great suspense in the Blue Justice Series. This series just keeps getting better and better! There's not a dull moment in this brainy, yet fast moving thrill ride. Brady is one of the St John siblings who are all in one law enforcement branch or another. He is on a much needed vacation, but quickly becoming bored, when all hell breaks loose nearby ... and his vacation is boring no longer!

I appreciated that Emily is not model beautiful and skinny too boot. She's much more average, but her warmth and intelligence add to her beauty. She, like many of us, is slow to realize that she has the many good qualities that she does. 

My only complaint with this story is that I quickly, and often, lost track of the many supporting characters and, in particular, the 'bad guys'. Who? What? I wish I'd been able to keep all of that straight. I did, however, love seeing the characters from Lynn Blackburn's Dive Team Investigations Series. Nicely done ladies!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


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    Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of Oath of HonorCalled to Protect, and Code of Valor, as well as the Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol...
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Secrets At Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble

Book review of Secrets at Cedar Cabin by Colleen Coble (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins

Her mother lied about her identity and her husband wasn’t who she thought he was—can Bailey even trust herself anymore?

Running for her life in the wake of her mother’s murder, Bailey Fleming escapes to the only place she can think of—a remote, dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides. Intending to finally get to the truth behind the lies of her past, Bailey only finds more questions when bodies are discovered near her cabin hideout along with traces of a dangerous human trafficking ring. In an unlikely partnership with FBI agent Lance Phoenix, Bailey races to understand the mystery surrounding her life and circumstances before the murderer tracks her down.

Meanwhile, Lance is determined to rescue his sister, Ava, who was abducted after running away from home as a teenager. An unexpected lead brings him to the remote cabin, and he wonders if Bailey—with her suspicious past and strange connections to his sister’s case—is really who she claims to be and if she can somehow lead him to Ava.

Filled with Colleen Coble's custom blend of suspense and romance, Secrets at Cedar Cabin takes us back to the evocative landscape of Washington's coast where nothing is quite as it seems.

This is the third book in the Lavender Tides Series and I think this may be my favourite! I love the cover, love the characters, love the action and suspense, pretty much everything about it. 

Bailey is an interesting and likeable character who never loses her ability to be relatable to the reader. She's very much a normal person thrown into extraordinary circumstances. She is second missing sibling of Shauna from the first book. She has no idea she has an older brother and sister who are looking for her. Wouldn't that be a shock?

This book deals with human trafficking. I love that this theme has been coming up in christian fiction lately, shining a light on how large a problem it really is. I recommend this entire series, and it's best to start with the first book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.

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