I am very honoured to be taking part in The Cornish Lady blog tour. I was very kindly sent a copy of The Cornish Lady to read and review on Clem Loves.
There’s something so wonderful about reading historical fiction. I love history and I think that’s why I always find them so appealing and fascinating. I’m not only reading a story but I’m also learning new things about the past too. I often wonder what it would have been like to have lived back then. But I get to have a glimpse of that through reading books.
That’s why books are such magical things. Not only do I get to read about a character living in a different time, I get to experience that era myself, through the magic of words, the detailed description of where the novel is set, what the character experiences, whilst my imagination puts it all into picture.
The Cornish Lady
Educated, beautiful and the daughter of a prosperous merchant, Angelica Lilly has been invited to spend the summer in high society. Her father’s wealth is opening
When her brother returns home, ill and under the influence of a dangerous man, Angelica’sloyalties are tested to the limit. Her one hope lies with coachman Henry Trevelyan, a softly spoken, educated man with kind eyes. But when Henry seemingly betrays Angelica, she has no one to turn to. Who is Henry, and what does he want? And can Angelica save her brother from a terrible plot that threatens to ruin her entire family?”
Author Bio –
Nicola Pryce came to writing after a career in nursing. She has an Open University degree in Humanities and is a qualified adult literacy support volunteer. She is lives in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset and when she isn’t writing she’s probably gardening or scrubbing the decks. She and her husband love sailing and for the last twenty years they have sailed in and out of the romantic harbours of the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure: it is there where she sets her books.
Nicola is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Historical Writers Association.
The Cornish Lady is Nicola’s fourth book: The others are Pengelly’ Daughter, The Captain’s Girl, and The Cornish Dressmaker.
For tweets, updates and more, follow Nicola on Twitter.
The Cornish Lady is beautifully set around Truro and Falmouth in Cornwall. Already Cornwall is filled with beautiful and breathtaking landscapes, but the beauty of it is set perfectly throughout this novel describing an eighteenth century Cornwall.
Angelica Lily is a strong, brave and independent young woman who I greatly admire. (Who also isn’t afraid of climbing in and out of windows)! Although being expected to marry in to high society, Angelica is strong-willed and knows what she wants and she knows how she is going to do it. She is determined to help the people she cares about and her caring personality shines throughout.
After she says goodbye to her father, the very first thing that is on Angelica’s mind, is going to the theatre and seeing her mothers friends perform on stage. Although first she has to get there without anyone seeing her and recognising her. But just as Angelica is about to get ready, her brother Edgar arrives unannounced with the troublesome, dangerous and untrustworthy Jacob. But after a heated discussion, both leave. But Angelica is very concerned for her brother, as how he acting is very unlike him and it’s clear that he is very unwell. She soon realises what sort of trouble he has got himself in to.
Angelica makes her way to the theatre and meets with her mothers friends. Unfortunately one of the cast members arrives late, drunk and very sick. So as Angelica is watching from behind the curtains, it becomes clear and is decided that the young woman is longer able to perform on stage any longer, and as Angelica is is the only one who will fit the costume, she agrees to go on stage and take her place. After some doubt, she is confident that no one will recognise her full in costume and make up.
Acting is her blood and it comes very natural to Angelica. As she and the rest of the cast members go on stage to face a cheering audience, she spots her brother Edgar and Jacob amongst the audience and as they look directly to where she is standing on stage, she is certain that they recognise her. Angelica quickly goes out the back and is on her way home still in full costume and make up, where she takes an unexpected trip in the middle of the night. Surprising events start to unravel and Angelica will do what she must to help and make a difference and save her brother.
The Cornish Lady has very quickly become a strong favourite of mine. Brilliantly written with words that flow beautifully on every single page. A magnificent fast-paced and exciting novel, that kept me on my toes throughout. The Cornish Lady has been a real joy to read that left me turning page after page after page, just waiting to find out more and more and what would happen next.
I’m really looking forward to reading more by Nicola.
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