Title: The Cornish Lady (Cornish Saga #4)
Author: Nicola Pryce
Published on: 7th March 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction
Cornwall 1796: Educated, beautiful and the daughter of a prosperous merchant, Angelica Lilly has been invited to spend the summer in high society. Her father’s wealth is opening doors and attracting marriage proposals, but Angelica still feels like an imposter among the aristocrats of Cornwall.
When her brother returns home, ill and under the influence of a dangerous man, Angelica’s loyalties are tested to the limit. Her one hope lies with coachman Henry Trevelyan, a softly spoken, educated man with kind eyes. But when Henry seemingly betrays Angelica, she has no one to turn to. Who is Henry, and what does he want? And can Angelica save her brother from a terrible plot that threatens to ruin her entire family?
The blurb sounded interesting and I was eager to read this book. A story set in the Victorian era, love, family and betrayal – doesn’t that sound interesting?!!
There were a lot of characters in the book. Apart from the Lords and the Ladies and their bairns, there were the lady’s maids, servants, gardeners, prisoners of war and soldiers. This is expected in a story set in the Victorian era so no complaints there. In fact, as the story proceeded, I was enjoying it – the caring maids, the lovely ladies and my favourite character in the book – Henry Trevelyan.
He plays a very important role in the story. From a kind-hearted man to someone who betrays Angelica and back, I really loved the way his character was portrayed in the book. Angelica seemed okay too. She was a bit hesitant or selfish in the beginning. The girl who got what she wanted to the girl who has to fight to get what she wants – the transformation was terrific. Also, there is a love triangle or two in the story which makes it even more interesting.
The story seemed a tad dull and boring in the first few chapters. It was all about how Angelica felt, how people ‘betrayed’ her, and how her father found love again after her mother’s death. The story seemed centered on Angelica. I wouldn’t have minded this if Angelica was not a fussy woman. Knowing that she’s used to being the center of attention, it does make sense that she has problems when things do not go as she had planned. But I wish she was portrayed as someone strong who would not be broken by people who would betray her. I like stories that portray women as strong and independent, not cry-babies or whiners.
As the story proceeded, it did become interesting. Especially with an arrest and Henry revealing his true self and Lord Entworth making his appearance, it was entertaining. But certain parts of the story fell flat. Like, when Mr Lilly, Angelica’s dad goes off with his lover, nothing more about it is mentioned in the story. Then Edgar’s buddy who disappears after the arrest – nobody knows what happened to him. Also, at the end, when Henry confesses the truth, Lord Entworth is nowhere in the picture. I know it’s all fiction but I felt that the poor thing needed some closure.
The last few chapters seemed a tad hurried-like. From a slow start to so many things happening at once to bam! The End! I wouldn’t have minded if there were more pages in the book as long as the ending was a tad longer than what it is right now.
Overall, it was a charming and enjoyable read. I really loved the story, minus the things mentioned above. The setting, the characters and the story – Nicola Pryce has done an excellent job, no doubt about it.
There’s a giveaway for this book. The giveaway is open internationally so please do participate. Giveaway goodies include a signed copy of The Cornish Lady, a box of Cornish Fudge and some bookmarks.
Giveaway details here.
Thank you, Rachel, from Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this blog tour.