Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Cornish Affair by Liz Fenwick

Jude's life is not what she wants it to be. She feels as if she is someone she's not. But she doesn't know who she is. Bad thing is that she realizes this just as she is about to walk down the aisle. She leaves the church. Everyone is hurt especially John, who she was to marry. Her parents are angry. But that is nothing new for Jude. They don't seem to really want her.

Now she has no place to live or a job to go to because she and John were moving to London for his job. She takes her ticket and flies to London anyway. Her godmother, Barbara, invites her to stay. Jude doesn't know what she will do for work  Barbara finds her a job in Cornwall helping an old friend Petroc Trevillion collate his papers. Jude is thrilled because he is a garden historian, like she is.

She gets to Cornwall and tries to work with Petroc but is confused with what he wants her to do. Then he dies suddenly and she is thrown into family drama. His son Tristan is a force of nature which Jude is falling for. John keeps popping in from London trying to get her back. Jude is trying to get Tristan to love Pengarrock, the family home and gets involved in trying to find some lost treasure.
Will Jude also find her self along the way?

I really enjoyed this story. Poor Jude. Will she find someone to truly love her?

From the author:
Running out on your wedding day never goes down well. When the pressure of her forthcoming marriage becomes too much, Jude bolts from the church, leaving a good man at the altar, her mother in a fury, and the guests with enough gossip to last a year.

Guilty and ashamed, Jude flees to Pengarrock, a crumbling cliff-top mansion in Cornwall, where she takes a job cataloguing the Trevillion family’s extensive library. The house is a welcome escape for Jude, full of history and secrets, but when its new owner arrives, it’s clear that Pengarrock is not beloved by everyone.

As Jude falls under the spell of the house, she learns of a family riddle stemming from a terrible tragedy centuries before, hinting at a lost treasure. And when Pengarrock is put up for sale, it seems that time is running out for the house and for Jude.

Read an excerpt here.

Pages: 308
Published: 2013

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