Set adrift on the tides of fate by the deaths of her parents and left wanting answers, Laura Callaway now lives with her uncle and his disapproving wife in North Cornwall. There she feels like a castaway, always viewed as an outsider even as she yearns to belong.
While wreckers search for valuables along the windswept Cornwall coast–known for its many shipwrecks but few survivors–Laura searches for clues to the lives lost so she can write letters to next of kin and return keepsakes to rightful owners. When a man is washed ashore after a wreck, Laura acts quickly to protect him from a local smuggler determined to destroy him.
As Laura and a neighbor care for the survivor, they discover he has curious wounds and, although he speaks in careful, educated English, his accent seems odd. Other clues wash ashore, and Laura soon realizes he is not who he seems to be. Despite the evidence against him, the mysterious man might provide her only chance to discover the truth about her parents’ fate. With danger pursuing them from every side, and an unexpected attraction growing between them, will Laura ever find the answers she seeks?
My Thoughts: The setting becomes a character here. It’s very rich in detail. Klassen did an amazing job weaving the Cornwall culture into the storyline in a natural way.
Klassen has always had a way of gripping me from the beginning, but A Castaway in Cornwall struggled to keep my attention at times. It was slower paced in the beginning, but worth it in the end where the activity was faster and the characters were more intent on their goals.
One of the things I really appreciate was the steady message of our worth not being based on what the masses might think of us. It was very endearing to watch Laura care for each item she found. She truly saw a value in the small things that no one else did. And she didn’t treat people badly, even when they never fully accepted her. I really liked that about her character.
Rating and Recommendations: I’m giving it 4 stars and recommending it to those who enjoy Christian Historical or Regency novels.
~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one. All thoughts are my own.