Wednesday 23 February 2022

πŸ“– Blog Tour ~ The Cornish Captive by Nicola Pryce

6 January 2022
#6 Cornish Saga

My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel's Random Resources for my copy of this book
and the invitation to the blog tour

Cornwall, 1800.

Imprisoned on false pretences, Madeleine Pelligrew, former mistress of Pendenning Hall, has spent the last 14 years shuttled between increasingly destitute and decrepit mad houses. When a strange man appears out of the blue to release her, she can't quite believe that her freedom comes without a price. Hiding her identity, Madeleine determines to discover the truth about what happened all those years ago.

Unsure who to trust and alone in the world, Madeleine strikes a tentative friendship with a French prisoner on parole, Captain Pierre de la Croix. But as she learns more about the reasons behind her imprisonment, and about those who schemed to hide her away for so long, she starts to wonder if Pierre is in fact the man he says he is. As Madeleine's past collides with her present, can she find the strength to follow her heart, no matter the personal cost?

πŸ“– My Review..

This is now the sixth book in this Cornish series of historical novels and whilst it is perfectly possible to read each book as a standalone story, it does make more sense to start at the beginning and go back to the early eighteenth century and follow the characters who have made this lovely series their own.

The Cornish Captive takes us into the world of Madeleine Pelligrew who, when we first meet her, has been unnecessarily incarcerated in various madhouses for fourteen long and painful years. When her unexpected release comes she is understandably bewildered at the sudden change in her circumstances and is determined to seek out those who put her way for no reason. Returning to Fosse, where she lived with her husband, Madeleine sets about trying to solve the mystery of what happened fourteen years ago and why she is now totally alone but for her friendship with Rowan, who looked after her in the various mad houses, and Madeleine's growing acquaintance with Captain Pierre de la Croix, a French prisoner currently on parole.

The mood throughout the story is captured perfectly, the clandestine world of espionage operations, learning who is trustworthy and who is harbouring deep and deadly secrets and in the midst of it all is Madeleine who wants to find out the truth of her past. As always time and place come alive, Cornwall with all its intricate nooks and crannies, its association with the sea, and the lure of unease with the hostilities against the French, all combine to make this another beautifully written and suspenseful historical mystery. 

The Cornish Captive is filled with drama, intrigue and a lovely hint of romance, it captured my imagination right from the start.

πŸ“– Best Read with .. fragrant oranges, warm from the Cornish sun

About the Author

Credit : Katia Marsh

Nicola Pryce trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. She has always loved literature and completed an Open University degree in Humanities. She is a qualified adult literacy support volunteer and lives with her husband in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset. Together they sail the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure.

Twitter @nicolapryce #TheCornishCaptive



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