The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd – Book Review

Posted November 16, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd – Book Review

The Light at Wyndcliff

by Sarah E. Ladd

Series: Cornwall #3
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Published by Thomas Nelson
Publication Date October 13, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
Pages: 352


In the third book of this sweet Regency Cornwall series, one young man must search for truth among the debris of multiple shipwrecks on his newly inherited property.
When Liam Twethewey inherits the ancient Wyndcliff Hall in Pevlyn, Cornwall, he sets a goal of fulfilling his late great-uncle’s dream of opening a china clay pit on the estate’s moorland. When he arrives, however, a mysterious shipwreck on his property—along with even more mysterious survivors—puts his plans on hold.
Evelyn Bray has lived in Pevlyn her entire life. After her grandfather’s fall from fortune, he humbled himself and accepted the position of steward at Wyndcliff Hall. Evelyn’s mother, embarrassed by the reduction of wealth and status, left Pevlyn in search of a better life for them both, but in spite of her promise, never returns. Evelyn is left to navigate an uncertain path with an even more uncertain future.
When the mysteries surrounding the shipwreck survivors intensify, Liam and Evelyn are thrown together as they attempt to untangle a web of deceit and secrets. But as they separate the truths from the lies, they quickly learn that their surroundings—and the people in it—are not as they seem. Liam and Evelyn are each tested, and as a romance buds between them, they must decide if their love is strong enough to overcome their growing differences.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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In a world of smugglers, secrets, and scarcity, the people of the tiny Cornish village struggled to survive. This community was introduced to me in The Light at Wyndcliff. The Cornish coast and the land surrounding Wyndcliff Hall came to life before my eyes in this deeply moving story. Several segments caused me to have tears welling over – and I’m not talking about Evelyn’s.

I’ve always had the sense of the moors as a lonely place. Evelyn’s situation heightened this feeling – this daughter of a landowner who was now living in reduced circumstances with her grandfather. Abandoned even by her mother, she never quite fit in with the villagers and was no longer considered a gentlewoman.

Liam, the new owner of Wyndcliff Hall, is full of dreams, compassion, and integrity. I loved the way he never even hesitated to open his home to the unknown woman who had been shipwrecked along with her daughter.

Vestiges of mystery overshadow Liam’s new home. While it seemed clear to me who the people behind the strange events were, Liam and Evelyn were understandably perplexed. I developed emotional ties to the characters and there was enough intrigue to keep my interest throughout.

Despite the number of stories I’ve read involving smugglers during the Regency period, I felt that I learned new facts related to it, such as the motivations of those aiding the smugglers. I was also surprised to learn that the moors of England are a source of clay used for making porcelain and china.

Though classified as Christian fiction on Amazon, The Light at Wyndcliff is a clean read though doesn’t reference God or spiritual matters.

Readers who enjoy historical fiction, especially that set in England during the Regency period will want to add this to their library.

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