Set in Cornwall, the novel traces Angelica Lilly's attempts to save his brother from jail which also brings in an unlikely companion. Though there are many vague ends to the plot I would have loved to know more about Angelica's childhood and also the conflict with the French , the picture of Carew household where she finds love and support is perfectly drawn.
I loved all unique women in the family and was very happy to see the mystery unravelled within this family estate itself. What is remarkable about the book is the way it has tried to include all the sections of the society as the strong-willed heroine doesn't follow the established class consciousness.
It is her unique and fearless nature that makes this novel remarkable and hugely enjoyable. Mar 14, Dash fan rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites , profile , blog-tour , publisher-review , i-own-a-copy. I haven't read the previous books. The Cornish Lady is a beautifully written historical saga, I really enjoy reading historical books as i love getting swept away within different eras.
Determined to find herself a suitable husband that respects her opinions and views, but also has a good social stature is equally important to her. The thing I love most about historical books is learning all about the social, political aspects and historical events and what it was like for people particularly women back in those days. What always surfaces is how women have no place in management or in a man's world. Also to marry out of social class is frowned upon. We learn Angelica is more than capable of running her father's business and she keeps her brother in check too as he is far from an angel, leading to his arrest.
This is very much a character driven story. The pace is a little slower but I liked that as it took it's time with revealing characters and storylines, so you can really get to grips with who is who. The Cornish Lady is an Enthralling, Intriguing Historical Saga, that has romance, eclectic characters, danger, illict encounters and secrets. You can tell Nicola has done alot of research into her characters and plot as all the little details and historical reference was brilliantly written.
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Thank you to Rachel Random Resources for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily. Mar 10, Cathy rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-romance , historical-fiction. Instead she finds herself in the position of being expected to marry for the approval of society and to fulfil the wishes and ambitions of others. The last act brings everything together in a satisfactory way with villainy revealed and the reputations of others vindicated. I particularly loved the setting of the book, around Truro and Falmouth, an area I know well from holidays spent there.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rating: 3. A story set in the Victorian era, love, family, and betrayal - doesn't that sound interesting?!! There were a lot of characters in the book. Apart from the Lords and the Ladies and their bairns, there were the lady's maids, servants, gardeners, prisoners of war and soldiers. This is expected in a story set in the Victorian era so no complaints there.
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In fact, as the story proceeded, I was enjoying it - the caring maids, Rating: 3. In fact, as the story proceeded, I was enjoying it - the caring maids, the lovely ladies and my favorite character in the book - Henry Trevelyan. He plays a very important role in the story. From a kind-hearted man to someone who betrays Angelica and back, I really loved the way his character was portrayed in the book. Angelica seemed okay too. She was a bit hesitant or selfish in the beginning. The girl who got what she wanted to the girl who has to fight to get what she wants - the transformation was terrific.
Also, there is a love triangle or two in the story which makes it even more interesting. The story seemed a tad dull and boring in the first few chapters. It was all about how Angelica felt, how people 'betrayed' her, and how her father found love again after her mother's death. The story seemed centered on Angelica. I wouldn't have minded this if Angelica was not a fussy woman. Knowing that she's used to being the center of attention, it does make sense that she has problems when things do not go as she had planned. But I wish she was portrayed as someone strong who would not be broken by people who would betray her.
I like stories that portray women as strong and independent, not cry-babies or whiners. As the story proceeded, it did become interesting. Especially with an arrest and Henry revealing his true self and Lord Entworth making his appearance, it was entertaining. But certain parts of the story fell flat. Like, when Mr. Lilly, Angelica's dad goes off with his lover, nothing more about it is mentioned in the story.
Then Edgar's buddy who disappears after the arrest - nobody knows what happened to him. Also, at the end, when Henry confesses the truth, Lord Entworth is nowhere in the picture. I know it's all fiction but I felt that the poor thing needed some closure. The last few chapters seemed a tad hurried-like.
From a slow start to so many things happening at once to bam! The End! I wouldn't have minded if there were more pages in the book as long as the ending was a tad longer than what it is right now. Overall, it was a charming and enjoyable read. I really loved the story, minus the things mentioned above. The setting, the characters and the story - Nicola Pryce has done an excellent job, no doubt about it.
Mar 11, Julie rated it really liked it. A relaxing read set in grand houses and glorious gardens, this is a historical novel of some delicacy with a driving narrative. As Angelica Lilly moves through society and some less than fashionable haunts, the author carefully brings in details of social history, herbal remedies and other aspects of life in the late eighteenth century. This is more than a romantic novel with a historical setting; the main character is a woman who is desperate to make a difference in her world, suspicious of her A relaxing read set in grand houses and glorious gardens, this is a historical novel of some delicacy with a driving narrative.
This is more than a romantic novel with a historical setting; the main character is a woman who is desperate to make a difference in her world, suspicious of her father, concerned about her brother, imaginative and resourceful. As befits such a novel, she is attractive to many men, wealthy and working alike. Clothes, letters, naval matters and other Austen- era themes make this a readable, always interesting and significant book.
I was pleased to be sent a copy to read and review. In the opening of this book we quickly learn many things about Angelica. She is a wealthy and self willed young woman, who organises an illicit trip to the theatre unknown to her father who is departing with a lady who seems determined to marry him. Her brother Edgar unexpectedly turns up at the house in the company of the untrustworthy Jacob Boswell, and she wonders if his influence explains why her brother seems so different. As she visits the theatre in disguise she becomes more involved, and is mistaken for an actress with unfortunate results.
She cleverly escapes, and encounters the attractive Henry Trevelyan, who proves to be not what he seems. This is a more complex and mature work however, as the concentration is definitely on the female protagonist, who refuses to be swept up easily by the wealthy and eligible suitor without more consideration. I am a fan of the straightforward romance, so was appreciative of the greater scope of this book which features a woman who is resourceful in every sense, rushes to assumptions, and has a character with real depth.
There is a lot of research and crucially atmosphere of the time in this book, and it offers a complex read without needing to resort to alternative time periods and other themes. The character of Angelica is well developed, as are several of the other female characters, and the novel offers many interesting perspectives and references to the period. I recommend it as a good read, cleverly constructed and with more substance than would first appear. This was a lovely book to get engrossed in on an evening, from the rich details, the brilliant scenarios and well rounded Characters, there was always something to keep you glued to the pages.
One thing ai enjoy about Histor This was a lovely book to get engrossed in on an evening, from the rich details, the brilliant scenarios and well rounded Characters, there was always something to keep you glued to the pages. One thing ai enjoy about Historical Romance, if done well, is the recreations of what life could really be like at the time, the attitudes, tensions and expectations that went with being female at the time.
I often feel a bit let down that some issues seem under considered, but in this case I felt like the Author captured the personalities and decisions perfectly. The reasoning of the Characters was logical and at times amusing for their old world tones, and the way our Main Character Angelica considered family standing of such importance was perfectly done.
I loved how the Character was developed, how she dealt with her changing situations, and her mistrust of men in the social climate and her own situation was logical, believable and interesting, yet not overdone. The idea of finding a marriage that not only allows her to be herself but is also socially advantageous for her made the romantic element interesting, but what made it highly engrossing was the fact that Angelica was far from perfect because of her misgivings.
She perhaps made choices that were a bit overly cautious, or overly hasty based on her prior experience and therefore lowered expectations of the men around her. The tone and style made me think of Pride and Prejudice, but less heavy going to read! I adore Pride and Prejudice, but often find it hard work because of the language differences now. This Author has much of the talent for creating a fun and interesting story, whilst holding a more relaxing sort of flow. Overall, this was a really good read! It was well paced, fun and relaxing with some memorable characters. This is certainly an Author I would be happy to return to!
Set during the late eighteen century, with a stunning Cornish backdrop, The Cornish Saga continues with a spotlight on Angelica Lilly. Educated and strong-willed, Angelica has the pick of the available suitors. After all, she is a merchant's daughter and from a wealthy family. However, she's not comfortable socialising with people of high society and feels suffocated by the expectations put on her shoulders.
Will she have to accept her lot or will fate step in to change the course of her life? I Set during the late eighteen century, with a stunning Cornish backdrop, The Cornish Saga continues with a spotlight on Angelica Lilly. I instantly liked Henry Trevelyan with his kind, unassuming demeanour. He's intelligent and courteous and worked as a coach driver. However, all is not as it seems and I enjoyed how he played his role in uncovering the truth surrounding the framing of Angelica's brother.
Unfamiliar with the author's writing style, I struggled, in the beginning, to get to grips with the narrative. I always find it difficult to cope with keeping focus when dealt with an overload of names to remember. Sometimes it felt overwhelming until some of the details finally sunk in and I could concentrate more on the plot. This is book four of Ms Pryce's Cornish Saga and clearly, I should have read the earlier books in the series to familiarise myself with the characters before embarking on this novel.
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For those who have previously read and enjoyed other books in the series, they'll appreciate the fun entertaining way this novel has been written. Despite my reading troubles, I adored the Cornish setting and historical details. The author also includes a couple of family trees to help readers to familiarise family connections. As I read this novel on my Kindle, it wasn't easy to keep referencing who's who by flicking back and forth, however, for those reading a print version, this will be a welcome addition. Unlike myself, I suggest starting with the first book to gain the most from the author's enticing writing.
Mar 17, Adele rated it really liked it Shelves: Each book in the series can be read as a standalone and I have proved this notion as The Cornish Lady is my first introduction to the work of Nicola Pryce. Each story is set along the rugged coastline of Cornwall and we travel back in time to the late 's. Nicola Pryce creates strong female leads in each novel and The Cornish Lady is no exception with Miss Angelica Lilly taking centre stage. Angelica Lilly is the daughter of a wealthy merchant and is keen to fulfil her late mother's wishes to marry a Lord. But one hot summer whilst visiting family friends her life is about to take a dramatic and enlightening journey.
When Angelica's brother, Edgar, turns up looking dishevelled, distracted and acting rather bizarrely Angelica is starting to fear for his health and his new friendship with Lord Jacob Boswell. Does Jacob Boswell have an unhealthy control over her brother? A race to help her brother brings forth danger and drama, unearthing secrets involving embezzlement and exploitation.
I have to admit it did take me a little while to get into the story and characters but my goodness once the author changed gear in the storyline I felt myself engulfed by the drama and felt invested in the characters lives and was eager to learn what happened next. The Cornish Lady was filled with drama, intrigue, mystery with a charming romance at the heart of the story.
I'm now keen to learn more about the other books in the Cornish Saga series. Mar 13, Marianne rated it really liked it. The Cornish Lady is the fourth in a series set in eighteenth century Cornwall. It is full of period detail and aware of the social and political issues of the time. The fear of invasion, how to deal with French prisoners of war and the opening up of trade routes around the world all feature.
Angelica is a well- rounded character who has an independent spirit and sharp intelligence. She has taken the initiative with her father's commercial affairs and shown that she is fully aware of how to manag The Cornish Lady is the fourth in a series set in eighteenth century Cornwall. She has taken the initiative with her father's commercial affairs and shown that she is fully aware of how to manage financial matters. She puts her acting skills to good use and through them we learn about her mother and her parents' marriage.
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