As a grieving widow, Morwenna only wants to make a life for herself and her young son at her murdered husband’s estate. Until an unconscious man washes up on her shore, entangling her in a web of mysteries that threatens everything she holds dear.
Still grieving the loss of her husband, Morwenna Penvenan fills her days preserving her son’s heritage: the dilapidated estate his father left them. But all attempts at restoration are thwarted when she is accused of deliberately causing ships to crash on her shore in order to steal their cargo. While seeking clues to the true culprits, she finds an unconscious man wearing a medallion with the Penvenan crest enameled upon it.
Upon learning of his father’s death, David pursues answers to the many questions left in his father’s wake: Why was his father in Cornwall when he said he would be in Scotland? Why did he die in possession of a medallion belonging to a prominent Cornwall family? Why did his father take money from the family’s ship-building business? And why did someone kill him? Only after waking up at the Penvenan estate under Morwenna’s care do the pieces start falling together.
As David recovers in Morwenna’s house, they grow to care about one another, while knowing each have reasons to distrust the other. The closer they work together, the more they learn how their lives—and mysteries—are entwined. As the past continues to intrude on their lives, they must learn to ask the Lord and others for help or risk losing each other and maybe even losing their lives.
I’ve discovered that while Zondervan Fiction is technically a Christian publisher, their books don’t exactly hit you over the head with religion. They’re very accessible for readers who aren’t religious, and I think they have some pretty good authors.
A Stranger’s Secret is set on the British coast, in a location you don’t usually find Regency romances set. I enjoyed the change of location, the theme of wreckers, and the mystery.
This was an easy read. Occasionally I found it dragged just a bit, but I think it was more period-appropriate than a lot of other books set in the era. I think the author did a good job with her British terminology (except for diaper!), and I thought overall the research was very good.
I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the last title by this publisher, but I’m glad to have found a Christian publisher I can enjoy without being worried about different beliefs hampering my enjoyment of the books.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.