Evelyn Pendragon is spirited but lonely, and largely ignored by her parents whose attentions are taken up with her brother, Nicholas: the expected heir to the family’s Cornish estate and the one who will carry on the Pendragon name.
Stifled by her aristocratic existence, Evelyn finds companionship in an unlikely place when she befriends Drake Vennor, an apprentice gardener on the estate.
But When Evelyn’s life is thrown into turmoil by a tragedy, she realizes just how much she has come to rely on Drake. Will family expectations and the burden of the Pendragon name mean she must turn her back on him when she needs him the most?
Titles in the Cornish Tales series include — The Thief’s Daughter – The Captain’s Daughter – The Daughter of River Valley – A Daughter’s Christmas Wish – Daughter of the House
Title: Daughter of the House
Series: Cornish Tales #4
Author: Victoria Cornwall
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: April 16, 2019
Publisher: Choc Lit
My Rating: 4.5 stars
While reading DAUGHTER OF THE HOUSE I was often struck by the different visions of a woman’s role in life throughout the ages. While we often, in our modern world, cry out for improvement in Women’s Rights or Equality for Women in the workplace and beyond until we look back at history we truly have little appreciation for just how far we have come in our rights and privileges over the years. And while I’m certainly not saying that we don’t have a ways to go yet in that bid for equality we are clearly far beyond what Evelyn could expect for her life – and how everything drastically changed for her, and not for the better really when those circumstances were altered.
Evelyn’s and Drake’s journey from childhood into adulthood was beautifully, lovingly written in a manner that showed so clearly the difficult path that their lives took And just how precious their friendship became even leading to deeper feelings eventually. Watching Evelyn grow, change and come into her own was an emotional and gripping journey. It’s one that I believe each reader should experience for themselves. There are times when the less said the better, and I truly believe this is one of those times.
I was drawn into DAUGHTER OF THE HOUSE quite early and was held in place, reading from beginning to ending in one sitting, by the story, the lives unfolding in front of my eyes. There is sadness, and anger, but there is also friendship, love that goes beyond what society’s rules dictate. There is evil afoot, as well as triumph in the end. The characters are believable, the story will hold your attention and the questions in your mind will not cease beyond the ending. This one will make you think, and feel deeply – and perhaps be grateful for what we have today with hopes for more in the future.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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