"Twenty two years was a long time to wait for life to begin", and yet Liam Twetheway had waited his entire life for this very moment . . . . stepping onto boundless acres of beautiful Cornish coastline that finally belonged to him. If the lovely steward's granddaughter was any indication of local pleasantry, maybe the separation from family and friends wouldn't be so difficult after all. But it soon becomes apparent that nefarious activities are taking place on the long abandoned property, both on land and at sea. Smuggling is nasty business, Liam is unsure who to trust, what does Evelyn Bray know about it all, and would she even confide in him? Liam fears it's too late to be impartial, his heart is already entwined.
With her lovely, companionable style, this author has penned a story filled the kind of danger and intrigue that will command readers' attention, while she effortlessly slips the characters into the deepest recesses of their hearts.
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Cornwall, England, 1820
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 now 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.
Liam Twethewey is a mere two and twenty when he inherits Wyndcliff Estate from his great uncle. His optimistic plans of opening a china clay pit to employ the estate’s tenants meets unexpected resistance, and rumors of smuggling and illegal activity challenge his newfound authority.
Brought together by troubling questions surrounding the shipwreck, Evelyn and Liam uncover even darker mysteries shrouding the estate. But as they untangle truth from deception, their loyalties separate them—and their budding love might not be strong enough to overcome the distance.
This latest Regency romance from Sarah E. Ladd evokes the captivating worlds and delicious dramas of Jane Austen, Daphne du Maurier, and Winston Graham.