The Daughter of River Valley
by Victoria Cornwall
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?
I knew this book was going to be a good book from the very beginning. The author knew how to grab my attention from the start. Beth has injured a man, Joss, whom she thought of as an intruder on her doorstep who now has no memory. As she nurses him back to health, the two have an electric chemistry. When he begins regaining his memory, Beth realizes he isn’t who she thought he was. Can she reconcile who he is with the feelings she has for him?
Beth is very likeable character. She is independent, fiesty, and definitely is a match for Joss. Joss is also a very likeable character, and he shares some of the same traits she does…determination and strength. I just kept hoping she would really see him for who he really was…a good man who was desperately in love with her.
Anyone who has read my reviews know I love reading the author’s note at the end of the book. It always helps me learn something new about the book, the author, and sometimes, the real events that are used in the book. This one was no exception….I was fascinated to learn the Crimean War was the first war to be covered by reporters. I was amazed to also learn that because of this reporting, a new medal, the Victoria Cross, was established and remains the highest military award for gallantry in England. Victoria Cornwall is a new writer to me, and again, I’m thrilled to find another author to read!!! Looking forward to future novels by her.
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.
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