Wednesday, December 23, 2020

A CASTAWAY IN CORNWALL by Julie Klassen, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"I feel like a castaway, set adrift on the tide by the long-ago deaths of my parents . . . . Is there a plan in all this? Does God truly hold my fate in His hands, or has my life all been happenstance . . . ?"

Laura Calloway's life mirrors the seashore in many ways, for the ebbs and flows of the her life tides have managed to forever reshape the shoreline of her future. Living with her uncle, a parson in North Cornwall, she has endured the whispers and stares of those who, after ten years, still consider her an outsider. Even her uncle's wife and daughter politely maintain their own lives apart from Laura.

Quite unexpectedly on one fateful night, another castaway, a near death stranger, washes up on shore after being cast into the sea during a terrible storm, his ship torn to pieces along the rocky coastline. Alexander Lucas is who he eventually claims to be, but Laura has her doubts, for there are many who arrive along the wicked Cornwall coast hiding their true identities. As attraction ignites between Laura and Alexander during his convalescence, each of them must decide on which side of the English Channel they will call home.

" . . I realize that I no longer feel like a castaway. . . . I am where I was always meant to be. "

Fans of romance, danger, and intrigue; tucked comfortably within an historical setting, will most certainly enjoy this story which travels in multiple directions before reaching its own safe harbor.
*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 
BackCover Blurb:
Set adrift on the tides of fate by the deaths of her parents and left wanting answers, Laura Callaway now lives with her uncle and his disapproving wife in North Cornwall. There she feels like a castaway, always viewed as an outsider even as she yearns to belong.

While wreckers search for valuables along the windswept Cornwall coast--known for its many shipwrecks but few survivors--Laura searches for clues to the lives lost so she can write letters to next of kin and return keepsakes to rightful owners. When a man is washed ashore after a wreck, Laura acts quickly to protect him from a local smuggler determined to destroy him.

As Laura and a neighbor care for the survivor, they discover he has curious wounds and, although he speaks in careful, educated English, his accent seems odd. Other clues wash ashore, and Laura soon realizes he is not who he seems to be. Despite the evidence against him, the mysterious man might provide her only chance to discover the truth about her parents' fate. With danger pursuing them from every side, and an unexpected attraction growing between them, will Laura ever find the answers she seeks?
Bethany House Publishers, December 2020
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