A Castaway in Cornwall by Julie Klassen – Book Review

Posted December 3, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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A Castaway in Cornwall by Julie Klassen - Book Review

A Castaway in Cornwall by Julie Klassen – Book Review

A Castaway in Cornwall

by Julie Klassen

Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date December 1, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 386


Laura Callaway daily walks the windswept Cornwall coast, known for many shipwrecks but few survivors. She feels like a castaway, set adrift on the tides of fate by the deaths of her parents and left wanting answers. Now living with her parson uncle and his parsimonious wife in North Cornwall, Laura is viewed as an outsider even as she yearns to belong somewhere again.
When ships sink, wreckers scour the shore for valuables, while Laura searches for clues to the lives lost. She has written letters to loved ones and returned keepsakes to rightful owners. She collects seashells and mementos, and when a man is washed ashore, she collects him too.
As Laura and a neighbor care for the castaway, the mystery surrounding him grows. He has abrasions and a deep cut that looks suspiciously like a knife wound, and he speaks in careful, educated English, yet his accent seems odd. Other clues wash ashore, and Laura soon realizes he is not who he seems to be. Their attraction grows, and while she longs to return the man to his rightful home, evidence against him mounts. With danger pursuing them from every side, will Laura ever find the answers and love she seeks?

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

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Filled with melancholy and hope, A Castaway in Cornwall tells of Laura’s search for her true home.

Although she lived in Cornwall for the past eight years, the community still considers Laura to be an outsider. And honestly, she feels like one as well. Shipwrecks are common in this area and Laura spends her time finding things that are lost with the hope that she can return them to their owner. What is left after the wreckers take their haul, that is!

When Alexander washes up on the shore during a storm, Laura immediately sets out to do what she can to help him. But this mystery man is clearly more than he appears.

Reading the beautiful descriptions of this lonely Cornwall coastal town had me longing to roam the land and the tiny village. The characters were presented so realistically I felt that I knew them. And Alexander was fascinating! I wasn’t sure what to expect as it began to unfold and was surprised to find out who he truly was and how he ended up on the ship.

There is a thread of faith that flows throughout. As Laura questions how a loving God could allow the bad things in her life and Alex ponders the same, they find hope in God’s sovereignty and learn to trust Him.

Readers who enjoy historical fiction with mystery and adventure will want to read this lovely story!

Advance Praise:

“Klassen (The Bridge to Belle Island) delights with a winsome love story…an entertaining and satisfying romance.”— Publisher’s Weekly

“Danger abounds on the wild Cornwall coast and so does romance. With a perfect blend of intrigue and tender moments, A Castaway in Cornwall is my favorite Klassen title to date.”— Michelle Griep, Christy Award-winning author of Once Upon a Dickens Christmas

“I always read Julie Klassen books, and so it’s no surprise to me that I really enjoyed this one. Julie is a masterful storyteller and one I hope continues to gain readers from all backgrounds to enjoy the messages she imparts in each story.”— Meghan Lloyd, Lady with a Quill

“Anyone who enjoys a historical romance set in Cornwall will love this story.”—Randi Annie Framnes, Randi Loves 2 Read

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Join the virtual blog tour of A CASTAWAY IN CORNWALL, bestselling author Julie Klassen’s highly acclaimed new historical romance novel, November 30 – December 6, 2020, 2020. Thirteen popular blogs specializing in historical romance, inspirational fiction, and Austenesque fiction will join in the celebration of its release with reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in Cornwall, England.


Nov 30          Austenprose—A Jane Austen Blog

Dec 01          Bookfoolery

Dec 01          The Green Mockingbird

Dec 02          Cracking the Cover

Dec 02          Relz Reviewz

Dec 02          Lu’s Reviews

Dec 03          Bookworm Lisa

Dec 03          Among the Reads

Dec 03          Heidi Reads

Dec 04          Austenesque Reviews

Dec 04          Wishful Endings

Dec 05          The Christian Fiction Girl

Dec 06          Christian Chick’s Thoughts

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About Julie Klassen

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. Her books have sold over a million copies, and she is a three-time recipient of the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award and has been a finalist in the RITA and Carol Awards. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. She and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

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