Book Review: The Light at Wyndcliff by Sarah E. Ladd

Title: The Light at Wyndcliff
Series: Cornwall #3
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Published: 2020
Genre: Historical Romance
Format: eARC
Length: 320 pages
Source: NetGalley
Date Finished: October 11, 2020
Grade: A
Synopsis: In the small Cornish village of Pevlyn, secrets are as treacherous as the rocky English shores. Raised on the sprawling and rugged Wyndcliff Estate near the dangerous coast of South Cornwall, Evelyn Bray lives with her grandfather, a once-wealthy man now reduced to the post of steward. Evelyn is still grieving her father’s death and her mother’s abandonment when a passing ship is dashed against the rocks.

Liam Twethewey is a mere two and twenty when he inherits Wyndcliff Estate from his great uncle. His optimistic plans of opening a china clay pit to employ the estate’s tenants meets unexpected resistance, and rumors of smuggling and illegal activity challenge his newfound authority.

Brought together by troubling questions surrounding the shipwreck, Evelyn and Liam uncover even darker mysteries shrouding the estate. But as they untangle truth from deception, their loyalties separate them–and their budding love might not be strong enough to overcome the distance. (from Goodreads)

Review

The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was much more atmospheric than I was expecting, and the words were beautifully woven together. I’d never read anything by Ladd before, and I knew I was taking a risk by jumping into the third book in an established series. That risk paid off. Not only can this be read as a standalone, but now I also want to read Ladd’s entire backlog!

This story has a heartfelt romance, a mystery, and several good female friendships. Liam is a great hero because, while he’s a very good and kind man, he’s also flawed. But he learns from his mistakes and apologizes for them. While I wanted Evelyn to see my reasoning when she was making decisions I disagreed with, ultimately I could see why she makes those decisions. She has such a warm and forgiving heart. These two form a bond that is rooted in friendship and respect, and I really appreciated reading their story. Mary and Elizabeth were unexpected delights, and I loved watching women looking out for other women in this book.

Favorite Quote: “Do not underestimate the satisfaction that can be found in making your own decisions and forging your own path.”


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