A Cornish Romance (Book 3), by Deborah M. Hathaway — A Review – Austenprose

From the desk of Katie Jackson:

On the Cornish coast of England in 1815, the copper mines have been typically the lifeblood of the group, offering wages for the employees and wealth for the homeowners. The disparity between the 2 teams is explored in Close to the Ruins of Penharrow, the third ebook of Deborah M. Hathaway’s riveting Cornish Romance sequence.

Miner’s Daughter

No one stronger than a miner’s daugh’er.” (28)

Gwynna Merrick has returned to Wheal Favour copper mine a number of months after the tragedy there, decided to contribute to her household’s meager earnings even when it means backbreaking work. In the meantime, her unlikely friendship with a highborn girl has her wishing for a style of the refined life. However her errant step into the upper-class world the place she most definitely doesn’t belong could have dire penalties.

Mine Proprietor’s Son

Jack Trevethan has returned to Cornwall greater than a dozen years after being despatched away to stay in Bathtub with distant relations following his mom’s premature demise. His father has bought Wheal Favour, intending to enhance the harmful situations, however Jack is bitterly resentful of his father’s dismissal of him, to not point out his mom, years earlier than and is set to disdain every thing associated to the person who has at all times put work earlier than household.

He didn’t need the mine, nor the duties that got here with it. Father was the one to make the foolhardy choice so as to add this to his different ventures.” (22)

Clashing Courses

When Jack encounters the charming maiden from his father’s mine feigning that she is a correct girl at an upper-class ball, he’s intrigued. Later witnessing her breaking apart a combat amongst her lower-class friends, added to her unimaginable efforts as a bal maiden spalling ore on the mine, he’s totally enthralled by this mysterious, unconventional lady.

No, Gwynna definitely wasn’t a girl. But when a bal maiden may gown as a correct lady one night time—then sort out one other to the bottom the following—she was undeniably exceptional, girl or not.” (80)

Gwynna regrets her deception and is grateful for Jack’s discretion in not revealing her secret, which may imply misplaced positions for herself and her father and even probably jailtime for herself, but she nonetheless distrusts the silver-tongued, teasing gentleman, realizing the stability of energy is decidedly in his favor. Nonetheless, she adeptly perceives the battle he’s combating together with his hidden grief and ache—emotions she is aware of all too properly herself.

Forgiveness ain’t forgettin’ your mom, or forgettin’ no matter it was your father did. It’s allowin’ your self to not be tied down by one other’s actions, to not prohibit your happiness. It means risin’ above, refusin’ to permit bitterness to swallow ye complete. It means ye can stay once more, sir. And that’s value forgivin’ for.” (188)

Inexplicably drawn to one another—regardless of the very nice odds towards them and the inflexible class divide between them—their rising regard could solely result in a lifetime of heartbreak aside.

Nicely-Matched Souls

I’ve been trying ahead to Gwynna’s story, significantly as a result of I knew it will not be the standard story of a genteel girl, not like most different candy Regency tales. I had beforehand admired her fierce willpower, no-nonsense angle, and unusual power to supply forgiveness when it was least deserved. And I used to be definitely not disenchanted, as Gwynna’s difficult life and her responses to it have been inspirational. I discovered a lot from this ebook in regards to the capabilities of and roles at a Cornish copper mine. What a grueling life it was for these employees, female and male alike.

What I by no means anticipated was that the smooth-talking hero would ultimately develop into one in all my favourite characters of this sequence to date. It was Jack’s sorrowful childhood and relationship together with his father as an grownup that almost all held my consideration and introduced me to tears. His vulnerability on this story as he confronted his grief was fantastically drawn.

Gwynna and Jack collectively have been such a juxtaposition, the bal maiden and the gentleman, that I didn’t know the way it would possibly work, nevertheless it merely does. Their sincerity and heat and craving shined from the pages. In necessities, their souls have been well-matched.

In Conclusion

Close to the Ruins of Penharrow is a class-defying love story that historic romance readers will love.

5 out of 5 Stars


  • Close to the Ruins of Penharrow: A Cornish Romance (Ebook 3), by Deborah M. Hathaway
  • Draft Horse Publishing (April 18, 2020)
  • Commerce paperback & eBook (374) pages
  • ISBN: 978-1733482035
  • Style: Regency Romance, Historic Romance, Inspirational Fiction


We bought a duplicate of the ebook for our personal enjoyment. Austenprose is an Amazon affiliate. Cowl picture courtesy of Draft Horse Publishing © 2020; textual content Katie Jackson © 2022, austenprose.com.

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