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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for A Castaway in Cornwall

  1. 4 out of 5

    Randi Annie Framnes

    On a stormy night Physician’s daughter Laura Callaway is alerted that there’s a shipwreck on the local shore with only one survivor. Alexander Lucas hides his secrets well, but danger seems to follow him to Cornwall. A Castaway in Cornwall is written by Julie Klassen, published by Bethany House Publishers. The story is set in North Cornwall 1813 and we follow Laura Callaway as she works on her admirable project to salvage trinkets from wrecks and inform next of kin of their loved ones lost at sea On a stormy night Physician’s daughter Laura Callaway is alerted that there’s a shipwreck on the local shore with only one survivor. Alexander Lucas hides his secrets well, but danger seems to follow him to Cornwall. A Castaway in Cornwall is written by Julie Klassen, published by Bethany House Publishers. The story is set in North Cornwall 1813 and we follow Laura Callaway as she works on her admirable project to salvage trinkets from wrecks and inform next of kin of their loved ones lost at sea. When another ship wrecks, a man is washed ashore and ends up in Laura’s care to be nursed back to life. He presents himself as Alexander Lucas, has a foreign accent and reveals very little about who he is and where he is from. While this is the second book I have read recently with similar setting, this plot stands out in the way it describes people’s struggles to survive in rather modest circumstances. With a backdrop of the Napoleonic War, the story deals with the need to belong to a family and a community. As an orphan, Laura struggles with both. Main character physician’s daughter Laura Callaway lost her parents and lives with non-blood relatives. For a woman who struggles so much, I quite admire how she is able to make such a difference in other people’s lives and that’s why she is my favorite of this story. Supporting character naval sea Captain Alexander Lucas struggles with consequences of war, and goes through a process of learning how to trust again. I felt he seemed human and likable as we got to follow his thoughts and perspectives. Danger seemed to follow him ashore in Cornwall. I loved the vivid descriptions of daily life and occasional celebrations at the Cornish coast. I could easily see how story could easily be adapted to a movie reminiscent of Poldark. I found the characters relatable and many of them sympathetic. A few really unlikable ones wired me up and added great drama. The mystery element was my favorite part, which related to Alexander Lucas previous life and family background gradually told via his perspective of the story. The romance part of the story seemed to be on the backburner until the last part of the plot. As danger was at the forefront, that made perfect sense to me. I enjoyed the dramatic parts of the story and the slightly surprising elements at the end. I felt it was all expertly tied up into a satisfying conclusion to this standalone novel. Anyone who enjoys a historical romance set in Cornwall will love this story. As will fans of Julie Klassen. While awaiting Julie Klassen's next release you might enjoy checking out similar authors like Kristi Ann Hunter or Jody Hedlund. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for this eARC which gave me the opportunity to share my honest review. All opinions are completely my own. Conclusion: A Castaway in Cornwall is the entertaining and enjoyable story about a woman who struggles to belong and a man marked by war who both long for a place to call home. Rating: 4 stars / 5 Main reasons: great plot and mystery element, relatable characters, signature writing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4 ⭐️ Sitting in my favorite reading spot, I sip my steaming cup of coffee while writing this review. I just finished this lovely book by Julie Klassen. She writes a historical romance that’s fluent and captivating. I knew nothing about shipwrecks and what became of the crew and cargo. JK did a superb job explaining it all to me. It was fascinating. How the sea is uncontrollable and learning of the fate of those who survive. I loved the romance and JK always does a great job with mysterious twists 4 ⭐️ Sitting in my favorite reading spot, I sip my steaming cup of coffee while writing this review. I just finished this lovely book by Julie Klassen. She writes a historical romance that’s fluent and captivating. I knew nothing about shipwrecks and what became of the crew and cargo. JK did a superb job explaining it all to me. It was fascinating. How the sea is uncontrollable and learning of the fate of those who survive. I loved the romance and JK always does a great job with mysterious twists and turns. The ending felt a bit rushed, but that could just be me. I really loved this one! I highly recommend it if you love historical Christian romance. Quotes from the Chapter pages.... “Bodies washed ashore were not allowed Christian burial until 1808, when a Cornishman, Davies Gilbert, succeeded in getting an Act of Parliament passed for their burial in churchyards.” —A. K. Hamilton Jenkin, Cornish “The news of the wreck it soon spread along shore, And women and men ran for gain; Thus numbers they harden each other the more, That love of curst money may reign.” —Religious tract by an anonymous clergyman Thank you Bethany House Publishers via NETGALLEY for this ARC, in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie DeMoss

    It is 1812, and Laura Callaway feels like a castaway in Cornwall, where she lives with her uncle and his somewhat disapproving wife. Missing her parents, who are presumed dead, Laura has found solace and purpose in scouring the shores of Cornwall after shipwrecks. She finds and collects lost belongings and attempts to return them to the families of their owners. She does this under the disapproving eye of the Wreckers, men who try to seize and sell the cargo of wrecked ships, despite laws to the It is 1812, and Laura Callaway feels like a castaway in Cornwall, where she lives with her uncle and his somewhat disapproving wife. Missing her parents, who are presumed dead, Laura has found solace and purpose in scouring the shores of Cornwall after shipwrecks. She finds and collects lost belongings and attempts to return them to the families of their owners. She does this under the disapproving eye of the Wreckers, men who try to seize and sell the cargo of wrecked ships, despite laws to the contrary. When a stranger is washed ashore, the Wreckers want to kill him, but Laura saves him too. However, she begins to have questions as more lost items turn up. Can this stranger be trusted? This is a wonderful, well-researched book by Julie Klassen. The laws and practices surrounding wrecked ships of the time were fascinating. Klassen also provided tidbits of Cornish history, mythology, and practices at the beginning of each chapter. The characters sometimes converse in the old Cornish language. Legendary wrecker Tom Parsons is a major character in this novel, and the Napoleonic wars play a part. The romance is well written, and there is a Christian theme of forgiveness throughout the book. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Hupe

    Thank you, Julie Klassen, Bethany House, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book! I always jump at the opportunity to read anything by Julie Klassen. A Castaway on Cornwall is definitely one of my most anticipated reads for this year. Laura Callaway is an orphan living with extended family in Cornwall but does not feel like she belongs. She spends most of her time walking the beach collecting items from shipwrecks. She does her best to identify the owners to bring them peace. Until on Thank you, Julie Klassen, Bethany House, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book! I always jump at the opportunity to read anything by Julie Klassen. A Castaway on Cornwall is definitely one of my most anticipated reads for this year. Laura Callaway is an orphan living with extended family in Cornwall but does not feel like she belongs. She spends most of her time walking the beach collecting items from shipwrecks. She does her best to identify the owners to bring them peace. Until one day, she finds a man on the shore, he is alive, but only just. Laura saves him. However, he has an accent and his injuries are quite suspicious. He doesn’t seem like he is dangerous but he is definitely not telling her the truth about who he is… This is an enchanting novel set in the backdrop of the aftermath of the French Revolution. England and France are at war. Everyone is eyed with suspicion. I absolutely love the historical detail even though it is not the highlight of the novel. The highlight is the characters, specifically Laura and Alexander. Both are castaways in their own way. It only makes sense that they would connect. I love Laura’s development as she discovers what home truly is! Even though this novel has a pretty slow start, it does pick up. There is actually quite a bit of suspense! In fact, there are a few twists and unpredictable endings. I was absolutely shocked with one of the plot points, so it will definitely keep readers on their toes. However, with all Julie Klassen’s novels, the description is absolutely beautiful! I have even added a visit to Cornwall to my travel bucket list…after COVID, of course. Overall, I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. This book releases tomorrow, December 1st, 2021!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    I absolutely loved the moody atmosphere of this book with its Cornish setting and air of mystery. Laura is a character that's easy to sympathize with- she's not in the most ideal circumstances, but she makes the best of it with grace and strength. Her compassion for her elderly neighbor and the genuine friendship they share shows a lot about her personality. As a collector myself, I thought her beach combing was an interesting quirk, and one that led to the rescue of Alexander. One of my favorit I absolutely loved the moody atmosphere of this book with its Cornish setting and air of mystery. Laura is a character that's easy to sympathize with- she's not in the most ideal circumstances, but she makes the best of it with grace and strength. Her compassion for her elderly neighbor and the genuine friendship they share shows a lot about her personality. As a collector myself, I thought her beach combing was an interesting quirk, and one that led to the rescue of Alexander. One of my favorite storylines is where the heroine nurses the hero back to health, and I particularly enjoyed the friendship and slow romance between Laura and Alexander. The way the details of his life unfolded slowly throughout the book kept me enthralled and the sense of danger added urgency to the plot. This is a book of discovery in more ways than one! Highly recommend! Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    Loved the gorgeous setting, the Cornish customs and traditions, and a plot that whisked me away. The heroine endeared herself to me by creating a purpose for herself, and one that was so important and compassionate for people she'd never met. Pieces of the hero's past were revealed in stories along the way, but without using the time-slip format. I appreciated knowing his history because the plot wouldn't have been as meaningful without it. Fans of Poldark or Cornwall in general will not want to Loved the gorgeous setting, the Cornish customs and traditions, and a plot that whisked me away. The heroine endeared herself to me by creating a purpose for herself, and one that was so important and compassionate for people she'd never met. Pieces of the hero's past were revealed in stories along the way, but without using the time-slip format. I appreciated knowing his history because the plot wouldn't have been as meaningful without it. Fans of Poldark or Cornwall in general will not want to miss this story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deacon Tom F

    I generally liked this book. However, it doesn’t fit anywhere near my categories for being great. It is set in 1812 Cornwell England. It starts with a shipwreck; moves to a bit of a detective like mode and finally ends up as a love story. The pace is kind of slow and I think it was very predictable about what was going to happen in the last third of the book. I lightly recommend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie DeMoss

    It is 1812, and Laura Callaway feels like a castaway in Cornwall, where she lives with her uncle and his somewhat disapproving wife. Missing her parents, who are presumed dead, Laura has found solace and purpose in searching the shores after shipwrecks. She finds and collects lost belongings and attempts to return them to the families of their owners. She does this under the disapproving eye of the Wreckers, men who try to seize and sell the cargo of wrecked ships, despite laws to the contrary. It is 1812, and Laura Callaway feels like a castaway in Cornwall, where she lives with her uncle and his somewhat disapproving wife. Missing her parents, who are presumed dead, Laura has found solace and purpose in searching the shores after shipwrecks. She finds and collects lost belongings and attempts to return them to the families of their owners. She does this under the disapproving eye of the Wreckers, men who try to seize and sell the cargo of wrecked ships, despite laws to the contrary. When a stranger is washed ashore, the Wreckers want to kill him, but Laura saves him too. However, she begins to have questions as more lost items turn up. Can this stranger be trusted? This is a wonderful, well-researched book by Julie Klassen. The laws and practices surrounding wrecked ships of the time were fascinating. Klassen also provided tidbits of Cornish history, mythology, and practices at the beginning of each chapter. The characters sometimes converse in the old Cornish language. Legendary wrecker Tom Parsons is a major character in this novel, and the Napoleonic wars play a part. The romance is well written, and there is a Christian theme of forgiveness throughout the book. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House via Netgalley. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own. I would recommend this to any fan of historical fiction and romance.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    A Castaway in Cornwall is a regency tale of shipwrecks, smugglers, war, and romance. Each of these individually can make a great story, but together is even better. I enjoyed the main characters in this novel. The supporting cast was well varied and added depth to the story as well. Some of the character development was brought on by situations I found a little far fetched but still made for an entertaining novel. The setting was beautiful, but I just didn't feel like I was there as I read. I can' A Castaway in Cornwall is a regency tale of shipwrecks, smugglers, war, and romance. Each of these individually can make a great story, but together is even better. I enjoyed the main characters in this novel. The supporting cast was well varied and added depth to the story as well. Some of the character development was brought on by situations I found a little far fetched but still made for an entertaining novel. The setting was beautiful, but I just didn't feel like I was there as I read. I can't blame Julie Klassen for this, however, as she was unable to travel when writing this story (due to COVID19) and therefore had to base her writing on research rather than actual experience. I can only imagine the challenge in doing so. The plot was quite well thought out, albeit unrealistic at times. The pace picked up a bit during the second half of the story which I quite enjoyed.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I’ve been trying to think about how to explain this book, and the words that pop into my mind are moody, daring, morose, and yet cozy at the same time. I actually googled several places that were mentioned along the coast, historical facts about the shipwrecks, and random bits of information that I had never heard of before, like what a hurdy-gurdy was, and information about the Allentide tradition. I found the shipwreck setting fresh, and it felt alive to me. I could hear, taste, and smell this I’ve been trying to think about how to explain this book, and the words that pop into my mind are moody, daring, morose, and yet cozy at the same time. I actually googled several places that were mentioned along the coast, historical facts about the shipwrecks, and random bits of information that I had never heard of before, like what a hurdy-gurdy was, and information about the Allentide tradition. I found the shipwreck setting fresh, and it felt alive to me. I could hear, taste, and smell this place! Klassen always does a great job with really planting me into where her story is set. The theme of forgiveness was well executed, and felt genuine. It was a very pleasing story to read; I learned, I escaped, I enjoyed the reminder to give grace, and forgive those who have hurt you.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Emma Rose

    I really struggled with what to rate this book...I had figured I would give it 5, for the story was absolutely amazing and captivating throughout the whole book, but towards the end there was a couple parts I didn't appreciate as much, so therefore I decided to give it 4. Definitely my favorite part about it was that it was set in Cornwall, I've always loved Cornwall and it's been my biggest dream to go there one day, so it was wonderful to visit in this book! 😊 All the love and heartache was just I really struggled with what to rate this book...I had figured I would give it 5, for the story was absolutely amazing and captivating throughout the whole book, but towards the end there was a couple parts I didn't appreciate as much, so therefore I decided to give it 4. Definitely my favorite part about it was that it was set in Cornwall, I've always loved Cornwall and it's been my biggest dream to go there one day, so it was wonderful to visit in this book! 😊 All the love and heartache was just about enough to bring tears to my eyes many times...just when I would think the heartache would be over, I would be wrong and more would come. I loved the message in it...how it really emphasized to stay close to God through everything - he has a plan, even when it's hard to understand it all. "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed..."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I have read almost all of Julie Klassen’s books and enjoyed every single one. This story had me so captivated that I finished it in one day. Klassen’s books are so well written, with relatable characters, a touch of romance and a fair amount of intrigue and adventure. I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy clean, historical fiction with a touch of inspiration. I received a free ebook for review from Bethany House Publishers via NetGalley. A positive review was not required and all opinions I have read almost all of Julie Klassen’s books and enjoyed every single one. This story had me so captivated that I finished it in one day. Klassen’s books are so well written, with relatable characters, a touch of romance and a fair amount of intrigue and adventure. I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy clean, historical fiction with a touch of inspiration. I received a free ebook for review from Bethany House Publishers via NetGalley. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Malia Saldaña

    I always look forward to a new Julie Klassen book to come out. This one did not disappoint. I really enjoyed the seaside setting. Alexander and Laura were a cute couple. Jago and Mary Chegwin were the nicest. I couldn’t stand Francois La Roche. It had a great ending. Overall,this was a good book,but not one of my favorite Julie Klassen books.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    I have been a fan of Julie Klassen since her first novel, which I have read several times. My opinion has not changed. This time, Klassen takes us to the wild, windswept coast of Cornwall as we are caught up in her wonderful storytelling, an ability that has brought great enjoyment to this reader over the years. I have never missed a Klassen book and never intend to. Recommended. My thanks to Bethany House for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I received no compensation and the opinion in this I have been a fan of Julie Klassen since her first novel, which I have read several times. My opinion has not changed. This time, Klassen takes us to the wild, windswept coast of Cornwall as we are caught up in her wonderful storytelling, an ability that has brought great enjoyment to this reader over the years. I have never missed a Klassen book and never intend to. Recommended. My thanks to Bethany House for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I received no compensation and the opinion in this review is expressly my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I always enjoy Julie Klassen books! This one started out a little slow for me, but it pulled me in especially because of my love for Poldark! Cornwall is fascinating and sounds so beautiful. I would love to go there some day and this book reiterated that feeling! The second half of the book captivated me much more than the first half and I eagerly finished it satisfied. It bounced around in time a little bit and had somewhat of a mystery to solve. Great clean regency romance.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    I love Julie Klassen's books and this is a very good read. She writes beautiful prose. The epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter are a lovely addition. You can tell an amazing amount of research went into this book and the history in the story is very interesting. The mystery or the problems that are in her stories are well worked out and do keep you hooked. I have long wanted to visit Cornwall and even more so after reading this book. There's just something magical about the place. I docked I love Julie Klassen's books and this is a very good read. She writes beautiful prose. The epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter are a lovely addition. You can tell an amazing amount of research went into this book and the history in the story is very interesting. The mystery or the problems that are in her stories are well worked out and do keep you hooked. I have long wanted to visit Cornwall and even more so after reading this book. There's just something magical about the place. I docked a star because there was a little too much God in it for me and people who didn't deserve it, too easily forgiven. I have to mention the absolutely gorgeous cover!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    A Castaway in Cornwall is another beautifully written Regency romance from Julie Klassen. I loved following Laura as she tried to unravel the mystery of Alexander, the man she saved following a shipwreck. (I do have to mention that the unraveling did take a little longer than I would've liked--the pacing felt just a touch off in the middle third of the novel.) Laura and Alex had a sweet romance that was so enjoyable, and I really liked the adventures they had together. I think my favorite aspect A Castaway in Cornwall is another beautifully written Regency romance from Julie Klassen. I loved following Laura as she tried to unravel the mystery of Alexander, the man she saved following a shipwreck. (I do have to mention that the unraveling did take a little longer than I would've liked--the pacing felt just a touch off in the middle third of the novel.) Laura and Alex had a sweet romance that was so enjoyable, and I really liked the adventures they had together. I think my favorite aspect, though, was the way that supporting characters continually surprised me. Just when I thought I had a character figured out, something would come to light that completely changed my perception of them. It was like a slow uncovering that I found to be completely delightful! This novel is one that Regency romance and/or Klassen fans won't want to miss! 4 stars. Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    Heavy sigh. I read too fast and now it's over and I have that unsettling post-immersive-read melancholy. :-( Honestly, 'coming to' in the 21st century -- especially in this COVID era -- has left me shell-shocked and aching for the simpler times of wreckers and smugglers and shipwrecks and spies. Bwahahahaha! Every time I read a new Julie Klassen novel I think she can't possibly top it and then the next one comes out and she does! Part of her draw for me is her impeccable research. The author's no Heavy sigh. I read too fast and now it's over and I have that unsettling post-immersive-read melancholy. :-( Honestly, 'coming to' in the 21st century -- especially in this COVID era -- has left me shell-shocked and aching for the simpler times of wreckers and smugglers and shipwrecks and spies. Bwahahahaha! Every time I read a new Julie Klassen novel I think she can't possibly top it and then the next one comes out and she does! Part of her draw for me is her impeccable research. The author's notes at the back of the book are nearly as fascinating as the novel itself! And then, the way she weaves all those facts into spellbinding fiction sends me into a bibliophile ecstasy that puts me in a speed reading frenzy until it's over all too soon. Hence the aforementioned blues. A Castaway in Cornwall is an atmospheric masterpiece of beguiling storytelling. Suspense. Danger. Betrayal. Romance. Oh-la-la -- the way Klassen draws out the mystery of the castaway had me on edge all the way through. Who is he? What is he hiding? Friend or foe? The answers are anything but clear cut and Laura finds herself challenged at every turn. And then there's the romance -- tinged with a certain amount of desperation as it all seems so impossibly doomed. And complicated. The author also challenges her characters (and readers) to examine perspectives. Can anything every really be all black or all white? And when one man's loyalty is another's betrayal...how do we determine which one is right? Plus there's a magnificent faith thread woven throughout that deftly ties in with the castaway theme in the title. So many brilliant details that enrich the read and have left me with plenty to ponder. Stunning. Breathtaking. Unputdownable. You'll feel compelled to rush through, but try to pace yourself and savor every blissful moment.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    I love all books by Julie Klassen and this one is well done too. Mystery, historical and just a little romance. I find though that I don't really like books set in Cornwall. They're all a little to0 similar. I love all books by Julie Klassen and this one is well done too. Mystery, historical and just a little romance. I find though that I don't really like books set in Cornwall. They're all a little to0 similar.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    I loved this new Julie Klassen novel that is set in the beautiful Cornwall! I loved Laura and Alexander! I enjoyed trying to uncover Alexander’s secrets with Laura. I just couldn’t put this book down! I read most of it in one sitting. It is that good! I would highly recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    Julie Klassen has written another book that educated and entertained me at the same time. This book is set during the Regency time period. Laura is a young woman who doesn't feel like she fits in anywhere. She is an orphan living with non-blood relatives and in a close-knit community. She feels as if her parents abandoned her and doesn't see her true worth. Her life takes a drastic change when there was a shipwreck near her home. She saves the life of the only survivor and is his advocate and cham Julie Klassen has written another book that educated and entertained me at the same time. This book is set during the Regency time period. Laura is a young woman who doesn't feel like she fits in anywhere. She is an orphan living with non-blood relatives and in a close-knit community. She feels as if her parents abandoned her and doesn't see her true worth. Her life takes a drastic change when there was a shipwreck near her home. She saves the life of the only survivor and is his advocate and champion when danger is near. He is also different, a fact that leads to a kinship between the two. Sprinkled in the story, Klassen adds tidbits of history about the region and the religious and social practices of the time. I loved the small community setting and could imagine myself there. She described the customs and people in a way that I felt as if I could connect with them. The book contains romance and suspense. I loved the dual perspective of the French and English during the war. This is a book that is worth reading. Source: I received a complimentary copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joleen

    Fern Haven Cottage, North Cornwall, 1813 Main Characters: Laura Callaway, orphan living with uncle Uncle Matthew, took Laura in when parents died Mrs. Bray, step aunt, unkind to Laura Alexander Lucas, Aka: Alexander Carnell, shipwreck survivor Miss Chegwin, elderly neighbor, ex-midwife Jago, Miss Chegwin's very large adopted son Tom Parsons, Cornish smuggler Francois LaRoche, evil man Perry Kent, new doctor Treeve Kent, womanizer with a kind heart Fascinating story and history. I knew nothing of the 19th Fern Haven Cottage, North Cornwall, 1813 Main Characters: Laura Callaway, orphan living with uncle Uncle Matthew, took Laura in when parents died Mrs. Bray, step aunt, unkind to Laura Alexander Lucas, Aka: Alexander Carnell, shipwreck survivor Miss Chegwin, elderly neighbor, ex-midwife Jago, Miss Chegwin's very large adopted son Tom Parsons, Cornish smuggler Francois LaRoche, evil man Perry Kent, new doctor Treeve Kent, womanizer with a kind heart Fascinating story and history. I knew nothing of the 19th century Cornish natives, so I found this interesting. I enjoyed many characters including Laura and Mrs. Chegwin. However, the villains were just that, and impossible to like. This area of northern Cornwall experienced shipwrecks often, meaning booty for anyone who reached the shore first. Items had to be removed before the custom and excise men got there to either claim why was washed up, or tax what residents claimed. What I learned was, in the past, if there were no survivors, cargo claimed by residents didn’t have to be returned, nor did they have to hold it the decreed one year and a day for family members to claim. Tom Parsons wasn’t about to let Laura assist the one man on shore who was barely surviving. He could profit greatly if that man died. But a respected citizen stepped in to keep Parsons from helping the man die. Days later, after the man's raging fever abated, Laura was able to find out who he was. Alexander Lucas had a slight French accent which made Cornish folk leery as England was at war with France. Seeing to his health and helping him earn money to return to his homeland was a goal, but also a hardship as Laura was developing feelings for him. Except for the lies rampant in this book, I enjoyed it. But the lies were part of the plot, so I don’t fault the author. It just bothered me a bit to know God loving people weren’t honest at times. Still, all in all, a good book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christian Fiction Addiction

    Labelling "A Castaway in Cornwall" my favourite book by Julie Klassen may be difficult to do in light of the fact that there have been so many wonderful Klassen novels that I've enjoyed over my many years of reviewing. But I found this novel to be so truly un-put-downable that at a minimum I must say that her latest book is the best one that she's written in years, at least in my (humble) opinion. "A Castaway in Cornwall" is intriguing from the get-go, set in a fascinating time of history where Labelling "A Castaway in Cornwall" my favourite book by Julie Klassen may be difficult to do in light of the fact that there have been so many wonderful Klassen novels that I've enjoyed over my many years of reviewing. But I found this novel to be so truly un-put-downable that at a minimum I must say that her latest book is the best one that she's written in years, at least in my (humble) opinion. "A Castaway in Cornwall" is intriguing from the get-go, set in a fascinating time of history where Britain and France are at war, and located on a section of the Cornish coast that is simply brimming with mystery. From the moment Laura saves a survivor from a shipwreck and sets off a chain of unforeseen events, readers will be eager to join Laura in learning exactly who she can trust and unravelling the truth of what is happening. Klassen has woven interesting historical details and descriptions into the novel such that you will feel that you are standing on the coast yourself. And in the midst of all the action is a beautiful theme of forgiveness that weaves itself through the entire tale and which points to the amazing love that God offers us. Starring likeable and compelling characters, and fairly breathing with adventure, Julie Klassen has written a novel that her fans will absolutely love. I know I did! I award this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars, and I am left with a fresh anticipation for what she has next in store for us! Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This was a very atmospheric story with a rich setting that begins on the Cornwall coast during a storm that wrecks a boat. The rescued castaway is a young man who evidently has plenty of secrets, which lead to surprising developments when his nemesis shows up in the area. Then it’s a puzzle if they can keep Alex from being arrested on the man’s allegations before they can prove he’s the real problem. The story also follows Laura’s business as a collector of the personal items of shipwrecked folk This was a very atmospheric story with a rich setting that begins on the Cornwall coast during a storm that wrecks a boat. The rescued castaway is a young man who evidently has plenty of secrets, which lead to surprising developments when his nemesis shows up in the area. Then it’s a puzzle if they can keep Alex from being arrested on the man’s allegations before they can prove he’s the real problem. The story also follows Laura’s business as a collector of the personal items of shipwrecked folks who died, where she keeps items for a period of time and attempts to let the relatives know about their losses. That was an interesting facet to read. I’ve always enjoyed stories about Cornwall and the wreckers on the coast, and it was fun to recognize areas I’d read about before, such as Tregeagle. Thanks to the publisher for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Fans of regency historical fiction will find a new book to love in Julie Klassen's A Castaway in Cornwall. With wonderful attention to detail, Ms. Klassen spins an exhilarating tale filled with shipwrecks, smuggling and romance. The vivid setting of the Cornish coast almost appears as a character itself under Julie Klassen's pen. I loved the quotes the author included at the beginning of each chapter. These snippets from the past gave historical authenticity to the story playing out within the p Fans of regency historical fiction will find a new book to love in Julie Klassen's A Castaway in Cornwall. With wonderful attention to detail, Ms. Klassen spins an exhilarating tale filled with shipwrecks, smuggling and romance. The vivid setting of the Cornish coast almost appears as a character itself under Julie Klassen's pen. I loved the quotes the author included at the beginning of each chapter. These snippets from the past gave historical authenticity to the story playing out within the pages of the book. The theme of finding a place to belong, family and forgiveness tugged at my heart. Julie Klassen proves once again why she is one of favorite authors. Highly recommend! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I truly enjoyed reading A Castaway in Corwall on this first day of 2021. It was just what I needed as I sat in my cozy reading chair on a rainy day. To me it had a bit of a Poldark feel to it and I could picture the scenery as I read. I enjoyed the mystery that surrounded Alex, the man Laura saved after the ship he was on wrecked near her home in Cornwall. There was sweet romance, some adventure and themes of forgiveness and reconciliation throughout this book. I have to say I think this is my ne I truly enjoyed reading A Castaway in Corwall on this first day of 2021. It was just what I needed as I sat in my cozy reading chair on a rainy day. To me it had a bit of a Poldark feel to it and I could picture the scenery as I read. I enjoyed the mystery that surrounded Alex, the man Laura saved after the ship he was on wrecked near her home in Cornwall. There was sweet romance, some adventure and themes of forgiveness and reconciliation throughout this book. I have to say I think this is my new favorite by Julie Klassen. If you're in the mood for a great Regency romance, give this one a try, It truly does not disappoint! Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Davina

    In this story a probably by Poldark inspired Julie Klassen takes us to Cornwall and delves into the world of shipreckers and smugglers. I keep reading Klassen, because to me she is one of the most solid contemporary writers in christian fiction, but I find that I have a hard time connecting with her protagonists. They are superficially written and if there is one thing I cannot abide, it is badly composed characters. The story was also a let-down, - there was much potential in the premise, but i In this story a probably by Poldark inspired Julie Klassen takes us to Cornwall and delves into the world of shipreckers and smugglers. I keep reading Klassen, because to me she is one of the most solid contemporary writers in christian fiction, but I find that I have a hard time connecting with her protagonists. They are superficially written and if there is one thing I cannot abide, it is badly composed characters. The story was also a let-down, - there was much potential in the premise, but it wasn't delivered. I'm still giving it 3 stars, because it was entertaining while it lasted and it is solid storytelling as I said before, even if a little lifeless in my opinion.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Helena

    I didn't expect this, but oh...what a beautiful story. Julie Klassen's once again didn't dissapoint! So many things happened ever since Laura, the heroine, saved Alexander that night on that shore, and (together with Miss Mary Chegwin) nursed him back to life. I love that there were tons of wonderful characters in this story, and filled with a lot of adventures. It is definitely a page turner! I didn't expect this, but oh...what a beautiful story. Julie Klassen's once again didn't dissapoint! So many things happened ever since Laura, the heroine, saved Alexander that night on that shore, and (together with Miss Mary Chegwin) nursed him back to life. I love that there were tons of wonderful characters in this story, and filled with a lot of adventures. It is definitely a page turner!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Marie

    Very good. Full review to follow.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    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 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? This was a decent romance, with likable characters but I did not think this was as good as some of the other Julie Klassen books I've read. Maybe it was just me, but I didn't feel that spark between the characters that I usually feel when I read her romances. I did enjoy the little bit of intrigue, and the ending was very sweet, but it wasn't enough to make me love the book as much as I wanted to. Thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing me with an ARC of this book. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader.

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