Sometimes you need to discover your own strength in order to survive …
After a family tragedy, Janey Carhart was forced from her comfortable life as a captain’s daughter into domestic service. Determined to make something of herself, Janey eventually finds work as a lady’s maid at the imposing Bosvenna Manor on the edge of Bodmin Moor, but is soon caught between the two worlds of upstairs and downstairs, and accepted by neither, as she cares for her mistress
Desperately lonely, Janey catches the attention of two men – James Brockenshaw and Daniel Kellow. James is heir to the Bosvenna estate, a man whose eloquent letters to his mother warm Janey’s heart. Daniel Kellow is a neighbouring farmer with a dark past and a brooding nature, yet with a magnetism that disturbs Janey. Two men. Who should she choose? Or will fate decide.
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.
The Captain’s Daughter is the second novel in the Cornish Tales series.
I have really enjoyed The Thief’s Daughter and The Captain’s Daughter which I have had from my local library. I shall certainly be reading more of this series!!
Reviews from the Boekenfans panel
Written by Tiziana Langone
How first impressions can be deceiving…
In this great story, we follow Janey Cornwall after she gets hires as the new lady’s maid in Bosvenna Manor.
She quickly meets mysterious Daniel and after a while also James, son of the owners of the manor.
James immediately shows his interest in Janey and flirts with her.
On the other side, she hears some terrible rumors about Daniel and tries to avoid him as much as possible.
But is the rich and fascinating man also as wonderful as Janey thinks? Or are the rumors about Daniel just gossips of the town and is there more than sees the light?
In this story, it’s made clear that not always all is gold what shines and how wrong our ideas can be.
James is (excuse me for my language) a real dickhead and Daniel has more than what we initially think.
I was quickly attached to the story and kept reading as much as I could, even ignoring what happened around me.
Halfway the story I felt joy, sadness and anger. And there was even more to come!
As I kept reading on, my thoughts were: ‘ How much can they endure??? When will they finally be at peace and enjoy the perks of life?’ .
Despite of all the drama, it’s a very nice book to read, never gets boring.
The chapters are never boring, in everyone of them something happens and you just keep on reading.
I really recommend this book for those who like to read historical books, with lots of drama but, but lets not forget that love is always around the corner and you can find it in places you never thought of!
Written by Just Jessica
The Captain’s Daughter
‘After a family tragedy, Janey Carhart was forced from her comfortable life as a captain’s daughter into domestic service. Determined to make something of herself, Janey eventually finds work as a lady’s maid at the imposing Bosvenna Manor on the edge of Bodmin Moor, but is soon caught between the two worlds of upstairs and downstairs, and accepted by neither, as she cares for her mistress.
Desperately lonely, Janey catches the attention of two men – James Brockenshaw and Daniel Kellow. James is heir to the Bosvenna estate, a man whose eloquent letters to his mother warm Janey’s heart. Daniel Kellow is a neighbouring farmer with a dark past and a brooding nature, yet with a magnetism that disturbs Janey. Two men. Who should she choose? Or will fate decide.’
Beautiful story about love, loyalty, jealousy, desperation, surviving,… I love Janey, she’s a surviver, a fighter. Education was very important back then especially for women. I’m glad her father knew that and gave her the chance to learn how to read and write. It must have been quite difficult in the beginning for Janey to do house work, afterall she was born in a middleclass family. But thanks to her educated background she worked her way up. The daughter of a captain.
She finally found some work as a lady’s maid and even before starting her job, she already has to face problems. Some of the other members of the staff don’t think she’s right for the job. She, as a young woman, is holding quite an important position within the staff. I’m happy that after a while she finally stood up for her rights and only then she slowly gains the respect she (diserves).
Because of her age and unexperience at love, you’ve notice her ‘love’ for mister Brockenshaw, son of Lord and Lady of Bosvenna Manor. She convinced herself that James is the one, only to be very disappointed even horrified by him. Daniel however, a neighbour farmer, is a surviver too, just like herself. He loved her from the first moment he laid eye on her. And I admired him for waiting for Janey for months and months and months. He is a real man and I was happy to read that he helped Janey when she needed him the most.
I loved reading the e-book, felt sad that it was over and happy to discover that there’s another story about the parents of Daniel Kellow ‘The Thiefs daughter’ which I really want to read too.
If you love the stories like Downton Abby then this is just the story for you. It sucks you right into the 19th century.
Written by Melody Weemaels
Allbeit it being a giant leap out off my comfort Reading zone, its one of the best books i have read this past few months! This story starts out as many others, your Classic girl meets two boys, one aristocratic and one farmer, and feels attracted to both of them. But then the author puts on her true storytelling cap and you get swept away into an incredible, captivating book. Allthough i can not tell you too much because that would mean giving away spoilers, i can tell you this: i laughed out loud and i cried (several times). This is not your average sappy romance, this is a beautifully written historic novel which leaves you breathless and pining for another book in these series.
For me the essence of a good book is one which you can completely immerse yourself in and forget about everything else. And Victoria Cornwall’s second novel The Captain’s Daughter is just that.
Daughter of a sea captain, Janey Carhart has had a difficult upbringing. Alone at thirteen after the death of her family she found herself with no alternative but to go into service. Now at twenty she is a newly employed maid to Lady Brockenshaw of Bosvenna Manor. It is a role she has always wanted, but brings with it alienation and jealousy from some members of the staff there. Although socially out of her reach, Janey is attracted to James, the Brockenshaw’s only son. He’s handsome, educated and charming – the perfect gentleman. Daniel Kellow, a local farmer, has taken an interest in Janey. Not only does he unsettled her with his familiarity, she is aware of the rumours that surround him. The locals believe he may have been involved in the accident years ago that killed his employer Zachariah Trebilock – one which gained him ownership of the farm. And that’s it…no more spoilers other than to say it’s a plot, full of twists, turns and surprises.
I love historical romantic fiction and have to confess I was hooked from page one. It was difficult to put down and I really resented having to stop when other ‘must do’ things intruded. Janey is a great heroine; competent, determined and sensible except, it appears, where affairs of the heart are concerned. Daniel is a gorgeous hero – but then I’ve never been able to resist handsome dark eyed men – and blond charismatic James?…well you’ll just have to read the book to find out how both of these men influence Janey’s future. A very worthy five star read….