Recently I was asked if I would like to review a book, give my thoughts and join in on a blog tour. Of course I said yes because it seemed like the kind of book that I enjoy reading about and I’m so glad that I agreed to it. I was sent a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and any opinions are my own.
This is the story about a twenty year old Englishwoman named Sophia Ross living in the late 19th Century who finds out that sometimes what you know of your parents isn’t always the full truth. Her mother Mary Ross was born and raised in Cornwall as a Penvarrow on a lovely estate known as Trescadinnick located near the sea.
As a young woman, Mary had left her heritage behind because her father refused to bless the union of Mary and her beloved who came from a respectable family but did not come from money. Sadly her husband was killed in an accident a couple of years ago and now Mary finds herself slowly falling pray to a wasting disease that she inherited from her Mother. Desperate to find possible help for her daughter who won’t have much of an income once she passes, she reaches out to her father Thomas in a letter though it doesn’t reach him until after she has passed away.
Sophie is surprised when a woman shows up on her doorstep looking just like her recently deceased Mother who insists she is her Aunt Matty and is stunned to learn that not only is this woman the twin to her mother but that she also has a Grandfather, another Aunt and family through marriage in Cornwall. She is invited to meet her family though resists at first because she’s not sure what to make of it all though also finds herself trying to find work and a place to live because she won’t be able to afford to live in her childhood home for much longer. Aunt Matty generously pays the rent for a year and Sophie is persuaded to come for a visit while also bringing her maid Hannah who has been a part of her life since she was a baby.
Once meeting her newfound family, Sophie is uncertain what to make of these people whom she didn’t know about until recently and their mixed reactions to her showing up. Her grandfather Thomas is the matriarch who is overbearing, bossy but also shows that he cares a lot about his family and has recently suffered a stroke. There’s Aunt Louisa who obviously resents her presence and wasn’t able to get out of the house like her other sisters or out from under the thumb of Thomas. There’s Charles who is Louisa’s stepson though Louisa has always loved him as her own and then Charles’s six year old daughter AliceAnne who is quiet and rather shy.
Sophie loves the views of the surrounding areas and the village nearby rather charming but as a whole she’d much rather go back to her house in London where things make much more sense and there isn’t such a gloominess that seems to hang around at Trescadinnick though she does find herself caring for the precocious AliceAnne. There’s also the strange circumstances of her Uncle Joss who passed away before she was born and how no one refuses to talk about what happened or why his room has been locked since his tragic death.
She finds herself drawn to a young Doctor who makes repeated trips to check up on Thomas though her Aunt Louisa finds it strange that he has to stop by so much and it generally makes Thomas irritable though at first it could be put down to being older and not wanting a fuss to be made.
Things are about to be shook up even more as time goes on while Sophie spends time at the estate for a couple of months and the past is about to come back to rule its ugly head. Sometimes when something just doesn’t seem right about a person, that gut instinct can lead to a real reason why even when some may shrug off the thought.
Sophie will find herself having to make some tough decisions and that life certainly has a way of throwing curveballs. She will have to rely on her smarts and the belief that sometimes things can be too good to be true.
This book was full of a lot of mystery and at times it was hard to figure out what was really going on. It’s amazing how sometimes the ones that seem to be the nicest are in fact using that has a cover for what’s really going on beneath the surface.
I really enjoyed Sophie’s character who has a big heart, stubborn, not afraid to stand her ground and an accomplished musician. She wouldn’t let Thomas bully her into doing things she didn’t want to do but she also had a naive side about her. It’s to be expected especially having grown up sheltered between her two loving parents and devoted nurse turned made Hannah.
I adored Hannah who was not only down to earth but also very practical, not afraid to speak her mind and such a sweetheart to stay with Sophie even when there was a chance she might not be paid for her services as a maid. She became a surrogate Mother particularly once Mary had passed on and is someone you would for sure want on your side.
There were a couple of characters that surprised me and one that I was really shocked to learn was in fact a really mean person. This is why it’s so very important to be careful and get to know someone before being quick to assume they are a good person.
This book was full of mystery, the power of family, a lush Cornwall background, unexpected friendships and what consequences can come about when being close-minded. I’m glad I was given a chance to read this book and I hope you’ll enjoy it as well!
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