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Romance / Adventure / Family Drama
They meet at a hanging.
Jenna Cartwright is the daughter of a thief and Jack Penhale is a thief taker, a man who seeks out those who break the law and sees them brought to justice.
The Cornish setting alone draws the reader into this absorbing novel that is about the different aspects of love and the injustices against those who were poor in the eighteenth century. The author has created the heroine, Jenna, though a fictional character, as very much a ‘real’ person who is striving to survive through the dark times and events that she encounters. The hardships of the time, and the struggles of the people are also very real – eighteenth century Cornwall was no easy life for those who were not wealthy, but this is, essentially, a romance between two superbly portrayed, delightful characters, and from the outset I found myself rooting for Jenna and Jack to win through and reach a happy ending together.
Elegantly written, filled with derring-do, excitement, adventure, danger and betrayal, this debut novel bowls along from start to finish, magnificently incorporating smugglers, nice ‘goodies’, nasty ‘baddies’, and stunningly described scenery.
Readers who enjoy Poldark – whether the new TV drama series, the original series, or Winston Graham’s books, and Daphne du Maurier’s Cornish-set tales (Frenchman’s Creek, Jamaica Inn…) should enjoy this novel. I look forward to encountering more of Ms Cornwall’s talent as a gifted writer.
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