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    Brilliant emotive must read

    When I started to read this book I was slightly put off, by what I felt, was an overuse of descriptive words. However once past the first couple of pages the book was very easy to read and made me want to read more. I was interested in knowing more about Joss and his background and the reason he had been visiting Beth. I loved the way that the story unfolded and the fact that I wouldn’t have guessed that Joss who had been scarred by the war, had a secret. I thought it was interesting how the author incorporated the way the Crimean War had affected both Edward and Joss and the conversation between them regarding this was pretty emotional. This novel was easy to read and to follow and seemed to me to be a story about hope over adversity and despite having different backgrounds they both had issues and demons from their past, which gave me a good understanding of why they behaved as they did. I felt that I could empathise with both main characters and could totally understand Beth’s suspicions about Joss’ intentions. I really enjoyed the way that I was willing Beth and Joss to get back together and this made me want to keep reading to find out whether they did. however the author was very clever in the way they did this and by not making this a quick happy ever after I did wonder whether they would end up together. There is a particular scene involving Martha and her Son Tom which was beautifully written and very emotional. It did bring a tear to my eye and being a parent myself I could fully sympathise and understand the bravery of Martha. I did enjoy the snippets at the back where information was given regarding the legacy of the Crimean War and information about the 46th Regiment of Foot and thought this was a nice extra touch. I really thought this book was an enjoyable page-turner that did leave me wanting to read more. I would highly recommend it.
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    A gripping story

    This historical story set in Cornwall is a gripping romance that will hold you throughout the book. Although the hero is initially the villain he is the ideal man for Beth. She is a strong woman but one who doesn't know that. You will be rooting for Beth and hoping that against all the odds life will become sweet for her and love will win. Of course, being a romance this will be the happy ending but in a way I did not see coming till almost the end. Put the kettle on, find the chocolate and prepare for a great time reading this great story.
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    Captivating, mysterious & incredibly atmospheric

    The Daughter of River Valley is a lighthearted, Victorian romance that transports you back to 1860s Cornwall where Beth, a fierce, independent, young woman is determined to live and survive on her own after losing her beloved grandfather, and a strikingly handsome, troubled stranger is struggling to remember who he is and where he came from after trespassing in the wrong cottage. The prose is seamless and wonderfully descriptive. The characters are vulnerable, thoughtful, and intriguing. And the plot, including a series of compelling subplots, interweave and unravel to create a well-paced, engaging story about life, loss, familial love, friendship, secrets, class division, romance, as well as a touch of the importance of industrial mining, and the effects of the Crimean War on the British people. The Daughter of River Valley is the third book in the Cornish Tales series, and even though it’s the first novel I’ve read by Victoria Cornwall, I can guarantee you it won’t be my last. It’s emotional, humorous, and exceptionally authentic, and is without a doubt a must read for historical romance lovers everywhere.
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