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  • Engrossing Read

    With each book I become a bigger fan of this author as her books just strike a cord within me. I found there were two castaways in this book in my opinion as Laura is orphaned and living with an uncle in an unfamiliar area and is not accepted by his wife and the lone survivor of a shipwreck Mr. Lucas is also a castaway. Together they forge a bond of friendship and you will enjoy the path their lives take. I enjoyed so many of the well developed characters in this book and found redemptive qualities in some I didn’t care for in the beginning. I could picture myself walking the shoreline with Laura looking for keepsakes of victims to help families find healing. I was engrossed from the beginning to end as the writing is almost spellbinding. I found it inspiring an well as entertaining. I recommend putting this on your must read list. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.

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  • A swoony adventure!

    A swoony adventure based on a shipwreck in Cornwall. I love the look into the lives of smugglers in Cornwall and the rationale, right or wrong, of how this was incorporated into their everyday life. Each chapter has a fascinating quote to provide a look into customs or events in Cornwall during this time. A captivating description of the geography around this area made this tale really come to life. The best part of this story though is Laura and Alexander and their discovery of the truth to so many questions. Laura learns that not everything is at is seems and Alexander must learn to trust again. Klassen once again portrays characters with substance that go beyond the norm and creates layers of depth to the story that promise to keep you reading for more. The supporting characters are equally interesting and add a rich backdrop to this already exquisite tale. Highly recommended for all fans of historical fiction. I was given a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own, freely given.

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  • ***VERY EXCITING, EDGE OF THE SEAT READ***

    Floatsam: any goods floating on the sea where a ship has sunk or been cast away. *** Jetsam: Anything purposely cast out of a ship when in danger, in hopes of saving it, or at least lightening the load. *** 1813, N. Cornwall, England - "Sometimes I wonder how I ended up here in Cornwall, so far from my childhood home. I feel like a castaway, set adrift on the tide by the long-ago deaths of my parents, and left wanting answers. Is there a plan in all this? Does God truly hold my fate in His hands, or has my life all been happenstance, the mysterious ebb and flow of chance?" Laura spends her days rescuing things from the sea, and trying to return them where they belong. Only now, she's rescuing a man. *** Alexander is trying to get home to his father and brother before it's too late. But there is a war on and he has a past they may yet catch up to him, interfering with his goal. "He did believe the Almighty heard his prayers, although God had not promised he would not suffer. *** I enjoyed learning about the hurdy-gurdy. If you look it up on Wikipedia you can actually hear a sample. I also loved how Jago called her Our Laura, just like in the BBC series Lark Rise to Candleford. *** Tea Moment: Laura rose and put the kettle on. A few minutes later, refreshed by tea and shared cake, Laura urged, "One more?" Mary smiled. "What shall it be this time? Smuggler? Pirates? Shipwrecks?" Laura nodded. "Yes please. All three." Outside the wind continued to rise, and Mary began another story. *** I was gifted a book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are mine alone without compensation or expectation. I am happy to recommend this novel for those who enjoy clean, historic English romance with a bit of danger. *** 5 Stars (I LOVED IT)

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  • 1800's England

    A Castaway in Cornwall by Julie Klassen is a stand-alone book set in picturesque North Cornwall in the early 1800’s. Laura Callaway lives with her aunt and uncle on the coast of England. She makes it a point to walk the beach looking for things that have washed up on shore from shipwrecks along the coast. A man is washed ashore after a wreck and Laura rescues him. She takes care of him and nurses him back to health. But is he who he says he is or is he a danger to them all? I enjoyed reading about the customs of Cornwall and getting to know the people from Fern Haven. Laura was such a compassionate, loving person. And yet she was strong and resourceful. The romance between Alex and Laura was very sweet and the mystery of the story did not take away from that. Another great story from Ms. Klassen. I received this book from the author for my honest review.

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  • Fantastic Read!

    Seriously I am never disappointed when I read a Julie Klassen book. She is one of my favorites not only because the stories are incredible but she has a way of transporting you to the setting that she is writing about. There is so much detail and little things that make you feel like you are there. You can tell that she really does her research and she loves doing so. I'm so excited to be part of her launch team for this book and being able to share it with all of you! Like I mentioned Julie has a knack for taking you back in time and placing you in the setting. I felt like I was there in Cornwall which was great because it reminded me of one of my favorite shows Poldark. There is a part in the book where the villagers are pillaging on one of the ship wrecks and that immediately brought back a similar scene from Poldark season 1 episode 8. (yes, I am a nerd and if you watch it don't spoil it. I haven't watched season 4 yet.) So it was neat to make that connection. Let's chat about the main characters because they were superb! You can't help but fall in love with Laura. She seems like the timid, shy, girl at first but she definitely stands on her own two feet and is quite independent. However, she doesn't feel like she belongs in Cornwall and who can blame her as the town treats her like an outsider and so does her Aunt Mrs. Bray. Oh boy was she something else almost like the wicked step mother from Cinderella. But Laura does go through a change in the story and sees that belonging is not about people accepting you but rather being in tune to God and finding a home with Him. Laura's uncle however supports the things she does and backs her up as much as he can, especially when she brings a survivor from a shipwreck home. Alexander is his name and right away you know that a love story will blossom but it takes a while but it was well worth the wait. In the mean time so much more happens and we meet some other characters that are extremely important for the story line and the developing of the story. Some you will love like Mrs. Chegwin and Jago, there are others like Tom Parsons that you will detest and some that you will wonder about! I don't want to spoil but know that there is definitely a little mystery, suspense and romance all written perfectly and in an engaging way. If you enjoy Klassen's books or historical fiction I definitely recommend you grab this one. (I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. The views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

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