An absolute delight to be hosting the stop today for this wonderful book! My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of this Blog Tour!
Here is more information about the book and author, before my review!
The Daughter of River Valley
Beth Jago appears to have the idyllic life, she has a trade to earn a living and a cottage of her own in Cornwall’s beautiful River Valley. Yet appearances can be deceptive …
Beth has a secret. Since inheriting her isolated cottage she has been receiving threats, so when she finds a man in her home she acts on her instincts. One frying pan to the head and she has robbed the handsome stranger of his memory and almost killed him.
Brought together by unknown circumstances, and fearful he may die, she reluctantly nurses the intruder back to health. Yet can she trust the man with no name who has entered her life, or is he as dangerous as his nightmares suggest? As they learn to trust one another, the outside threats worsen. Are they linked to the man with no past? Or is the real danger still outside waiting … and watching them both?
About the Author
Victoria Cornwall can trace her Cornish roots as far back as the 18th century and it is this background and heritage which is the inspiration for her Cornish based novels.
Victoria’s writing has been shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romantic Fiction and her debut novel reached the final for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award.
Victoria likes to read and write historical fiction with a strong background story, but at its heart is the unmistakable emotion, even pain, of loving someone.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Social Media Links –
Facebook (Author Page if you have one): https://www.facebook.com/victoriacornwall.author/
I found this story to be such an engrossing historical romance, beautifully brought to life by the author with some striking settings and vivid descriptions. And in Beth Jago, a wonderful character who is strong, independent and stubborn in equal measures!
Since the death of her grandfather she has carried on living on her own in an isolated cottage in the River Valley. Happy to keep to herself, she gets the feeling she is being watched and has to take action when a strange man turns up at the cottage. Her actions lead to this stranger losing his memory, although she is unsure at first if he is making this up. But guilt, and a caring nature, gets the better of her and she takes responsibility to nurse him back to health and try to help him discover who he is, and what he was doing visiting the cottage in the first place.
She gives him the name ‘Luke’ and their relationship is an uneasy one from the start, despite having very similar traits! They are both very stubborn characters and reluctant to rely on others for help but as they spend time together they gain a greater understanding of each other. Luke begins to have flashbacks, and Beth hears his nightmares and it is enthralling to watch their story develop as they try and work out where he came from with just an engraved watch as a reference point as to an identity.
Beth is a proud woman and has thrived on the security of living at the cottage, but when that is threatened she begins to fear the worst and wonders if all her work at the cottage will be for nothing. She is determined to seek answers from the source of the letters she receives in the hope a compromise can be reached.
I loved Beth and Luke in this. Their stories weren’t straightforward and there were plenty of obstacles along the way for them both to navigate, and it became more than just a romance story with the added twists and turns along the way! Highly recommended!!