The daughter of the house is often overlooked …
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 realises 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?
Victoria Cornwall grew up on a dairy farm in Cornwall. She 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 is married, has two grown up children and a black Labrador, called Alfie. She 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.
Following a fulfilling twenty-five year career as a nurse, a change in profession finally allowed her the time to write. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Historical Novel Society.
Daughter of the House is the fourth novel in the Cornish Tales series. The first The Thief’s Daughter and the second The Captain’s Daughter the third The Daughter of River Valley and the fifth A Daughter’s Christmas Wish.
What a magical story, Victoria Cornwall has done it again! This is book five in the Cornish Tales series, and what I love about this series is that yes, there is something that links them all together, but it’s not huge that you need to read them all in order to understand what’s going on. To be perfectly honest, it wasn’t until this one that I even realised what the link was, and I’ve read them from the beginning. These beautiful books are very much stand-alones, they all have their own unique stories and character’s which you will instantly fall in love with whilst reading….
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I was drawn into this book right from the beginning. Set in Cornwall in the late 1800s it has all the right ingredients – a family power struggle between twin brothers, a Machiavellian doctor and forbidden love. Another great read from Victoria Cornwall.
Evelyn is the second child of a noble family. Being female and the second born, her parents don’t take an active interest in preparing her for anything but marriage. When tragedy strikes this all changes. Suddenly Evelyn not only has her parents attention but their focus as well.
This story follows Evelyn from childhood into the woman she becomes. It’s a lovely story that will keep you turning the pages. The trials and tribulations that Evelyn goes through are heartbreaking but she persists to take control of her destiny. A wonderful read that you won’t be able to put down.
This is a romance that tells the dark side of being a strong minded woman in Victorian times. The early life Evelyn enjoyed until her brother’s death is contrasted by her life after. The horror she is forced to endure is lightened by her long term friend Drake. As things improve for her, Drake suffers. This alternate mirroring of their lives continues until the end of the book. You will weep with Evie, grieve for Drake and cheer at the downfall of those who hurt them. Good and evil fighting it out. A romance with a huge difference.