When a shocking scandal involving her father spreads through London society, Elaine Cardinham and her parents are forced to retreat to their country home in Cornwall for refuge. But Havencross is no sanctuary for Elaine. She is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of her brother—and the heartbreak she left in her wake all those years ago.
It has been five long years since Gareth Kemp last saw Elaine—when she rejected his marriage proposal. Her reappearance convinces him of one thing: he has never stopped loving her. To put his feelings for her aside, he focuses his attention on the dangerous smuggling plaguing the Cornish coast. As Elaine attempts to run from her past, she ventures ever closer to a dangerous truth—and Gareth may be the only one who can save her from a deadly finish.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2017|
OK, I read a lot of books. I love most the LDS authors that write this genre. Some of them are my very favourite. I also read a lot of other Christian authors that sell fantastic books in this market. But I have to say - this is a straight up 10 star story, if there was such thing as 10 stars in book ratings! Julie Daines is an absolute master, and I was sucked hook line and sinker into this Cornish tale of murder, smuggling, legends, scandal, mystery & lost love. Cornwall is such a beautiful county, with such rich history - it's one of my favourite places. I first went to Tintagel, Jamaica Inn & Bodmin Moor as a teenager, and I totally fell in love.
Imagine Poldark, Regency & the legends of Merlin & Camelot all rolled into one, and you have Havencross. Many attempt to write this era, and most do a fantastic job. This one however was the cream of the crop. There was zero predictability in the plot, I was constantly being surprised and I had no idea who would live or die!
Julie deserves a lot more national attention as a writer of this genre, with her classical style of story telling. This is my top pick for historical fiction for 2017. Absolutely stunning read that you will not put down, and curse the mundane life around you that gets in the way!
Thank you to Covenant & Netgalley for the eARC. This is my honest review.
I absolutely loved this book! The writing was incredible with the setting so real, I felt like I'd been pulled back in time to Cornwall, England. The main character, Elaine has essentially been banished from London society because of a scandal with her father. I found it interesting how each person dealt with their new place in Cornwall after being gone for so long. I loved how Elaine connected with her surroundings, while at the same time wishing herself back in London. The developing romance with Gareth was well-done surrounded by several different mystery aspects. I love a great mystery and even though this novel is a regency romance, the mystery intertwined in the story is strong enough to delight mystery readers as well.
And of course, who wouldn't love the references to King Arthur of old as Elaine walked through the ruins of what might have been his castle. The little hint of magic around King Arthur and Gwenevere added another layer to the story that kept me reading. I look forward to reading more by Julie Daines.
Havencross was a perfect summer read. I was initially drawn in by the cover (it would definitely catch my attention at a bookstore or library), but my attention was held by the details that unfolded about the past.
The story was fast paced and very intriguing. Elaine's family flees London in shame, and hopes they've gone far enough to avoid the scandal. But being back at Havencross has its own challenges.
I really liked Elaine. We don’t get to know her parents well, but what we learn isn’t very favorable. It seems that the heartbreaking loss of Elaine’s brother years before really changed the family dynamic. And then there’s the lack of communication that drags the family down.
Gareth was a great character. He and his family seemed so down to earth and pretty much the opposite of Elaine’s family.
This was a very enjoyable, clean story that I would read again.
"Two hundred fifty miles into this journey and not a word spoken."
Deception, lies, romance, unrequited love and smugglers all roll along in Ms. Daines newest, delightful book.
Elaine's family is still reeling from the death of her brother and now from the scandal of something her father did. They move from London, and the wagging tongues of gossips, back to Havencross, their little country home. Elaine has no hope of marriage prospects now. How she wishes she would have accepted the marriage proposal of Gareth now.
Gareth's family is always reeling from a death. His father was killed by smugglers and he wants them brought to justice. But the local authorities don't seem to make any progress on finding the killers. When he sees Elaine again, he tries to stay away from her; she did break his heart, after all.
This story is set in Cornwall, England, in the era when there were smugglers. The story is woven masterfully to include tension, romance and suspense. There were tender moments between different characters. I really enjoyed the interchange between Elaine and her Aunt Rose and creating your own Camelot.
If you like regency romance, a well-written story and characters you can love, this book is for you!
I always enjoy this author's books and this one wasn't any different. I was expecting a nice, sweet Regency romance but got a great mystery/suspense as well. The mystery was gentle swirling in and out of the pages throughout the book, but the suspense isn't always present, which made it quite shocking and a fun surprise.
Elaine is a fun character because she's so brave and forthcoming for her time. She's resilient and strong, which makes her a perfect complement to both Gareth, a childhood friend. Gareth is more simple than the recent London citizen (Elaine) and feels a strong tie and connection to his Cornish roots.
The setting and plot are very engaging and I could picture the caves and cliffs quite well. The twists and surprises left me almost reeling at times, but don't get me wrong--I loved that! I was completely hooked from the first page until the last because this one is packed with danger, romance, friendship, and loyalties and it's one that Regency lovers won't want to miss.
Content: mild+ violence (death, fighting, killing); mild romance (sweet).
*I received a copy through the publisher, which had no affect on my opinion. All thoughts are my own.*
I love this author's writing style, so I was so excited to read her new book! And it did not disappoint. I felt transported to the setting and loved the rich historical details and descriptions of the landscape. Elaine and Gareth are easy to like, and I loved how their relationship developed as they grew close again. The danger and tension of the plot kept the pace moving steadily along and I felt like there was a good balance between the various aspects of the story. This is definitely a book I plan to read again and highly recommend!
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
This book felt like a movie playing out in my head. It was so easy to visualize the scenes and the character interactions. I love when that happens. And isn't the cover so pretty? I love it.
Elaine has been publicly humiliated, her family disgraced. They move from London to Havencross in Cornwall. There Elaine has to face not only her buried feelings of loss for her brother, but the love she left behind- Gareth.
Gareth is a steady sort of man. Strong. I loved him.
This book was an excellent mixture of mystery, intrigue and romance. I loved how the mystery played out and how the book built in intensity. So very good!
Content: mild violence, death
This is really a fun book. I thought that the story was great, it's got a fun romance element, mystery, danger, suspense, pretty much everything you want and more than your usual regency romance has.
I liked Elaine. Her life is a bit confusing as the story starts. Her family is headed home from London because her father was caught in a scandal. Both Elaine and her mother are mortified, but at the same time, something doesn't quite seem right to Elaine. Havencross is their home, but at the same time, not somewhere the family likes to be because of the disappearance of Elaine's brother. And things are far more complicated for Elaine because of Gareth, the man she's already refused one offer of marriage from. This makes her interractions with him awkward to say the least.
I also liked Gareth. I liked the way he was able to overlook Elaine's refusal and still be able to help her when crazy things start happening. Things like finding a woman bleeding in a cave only to have her disappear when she returned to help.
Then there's the whole smuggling aspect. The time and place are confusing for all involved because no one knows who is a smuggler and who they can trust to help with the smuggler. And the real culprit was surprising in the end!
I really enjoyed this regency romance! This one is so fun and suspenseful, you won't want to stop reading until you've finished!
I thoroughly enjoyed this Regency Romance. It had elements of piracy, betrayl, love, King Arthur, and much more woven throughout the story. Elaine and Gareth were wonderful characters to get to know and love. Havencross itself was a beautiful setting that was perfect for everything that needed to happen, and it helped me fall in love with this particular area. Julie did a wonderful job of keeping the pages turning. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a story full of adventure love, intrigue, and forgiveness, this is the book for you.
I loved this historical romance. It’s set in the 1800s in England on the Cornwall coast. There are smugglers, a scandalized family, forsaken loves, and past regrets that are hard to overcome. From page one, I was sucked in by the tide and taken out to sea, so to say, and pushed and pulled along the waves of this amazing story. Gareth and Elaine are the hero and heroine, and a couple other side characters that I liked (and who kept me guessing). The historical facts woven into this story really intrigued me—the smuggling situation during that time period because of England’s high taxes. I’ve read other books dealing with that time period and place, but none as captivating as this one. I’ll definitely read this one again and put it in my favorites collection. ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.