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The first in the captivating Cornish Pengarron sagas, perfect for fans of Poldark Kerensa Trelynne is excited about marrying her sweetheart Clem Trenchard, although it will be a wrench to leave Trelynne Cove and the little tumbledown cottage she shares with her grandfather, Old Tom. But when local landowner Sir Oliver Pengarron sets his sights on their land, ever The first in the captivating Cornish Pengarron sagas, perfect for fans of Poldark Kerensa Trelynne is excited about marrying her sweetheart Clem Trenchard, although it will be a wrench to leave Trelynne Cove and the little tumbledown cottage she shares with her grandfather, Old Tom. But when local landowner Sir Oliver Pengarron sets his sights on their land, everything changes. Old Tom offers a deal – he will let Sir Oliver purchase their home, but only if he agrees to marry his lowly granddaughter. Will Sir Oliver Pengarron take Kerensa to be his wife? And if so, what does this mean for Clem? Set in the sweeping beauty of Cornwall, this is the first installment of a passionate family saga series, perfect for readers of Margaret Dickinson, Elizabeth Gill or Linda Finlay.


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The first in the captivating Cornish Pengarron sagas, perfect for fans of Poldark Kerensa Trelynne is excited about marrying her sweetheart Clem Trenchard, although it will be a wrench to leave Trelynne Cove and the little tumbledown cottage she shares with her grandfather, Old Tom. But when local landowner Sir Oliver Pengarron sets his sights on their land, ever The first in the captivating Cornish Pengarron sagas, perfect for fans of Poldark Kerensa Trelynne is excited about marrying her sweetheart Clem Trenchard, although it will be a wrench to leave Trelynne Cove and the little tumbledown cottage she shares with her grandfather, Old Tom. But when local landowner Sir Oliver Pengarron sets his sights on their land, everything changes. Old Tom offers a deal – he will let Sir Oliver purchase their home, but only if he agrees to marry his lowly granddaughter. Will Sir Oliver Pengarron take Kerensa to be his wife? And if so, what does this mean for Clem? Set in the sweeping beauty of Cornwall, this is the first installment of a passionate family saga series, perfect for readers of Margaret Dickinson, Elizabeth Gill or Linda Finlay.

30 review for Pengarron Land

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Zelos

    Pengarron Land, by Gloria Cook Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  General fiction (adult), Historical fiction. I fell in love with historical Cornwall after the BBC drama back in the 70's led me to reading all the Winston Graham novels. Many times! I hoped this series would be along those lines but sadly though there are similarities the story itself was too bland and uneventful for me. It starts well, lots of promise but I was expecting the Poldark level of drama and it isn't here. The Pengarron Land, by Gloria Cook Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  General fiction (adult), Historical fiction. I fell in love with historical Cornwall after the BBC drama back in the 70's led me to reading all the Winston Graham novels. Many times! I hoped this series would be along those lines but sadly though there are similarities the story itself was too bland and uneventful for me. It starts well, lots of promise but I was expecting the Poldark level of drama and it isn't here. There is drama but its very slight, easily over and everyone is so -well- Nice. Kerensa is nice, Oliver is nice, Beatrice starts off being harsh to Kerensa but...she's soon nice too,. Throw in others from the upper classes who welcome Kerensa (!), the villagers who are mostly happy for her, the wise but open minded vicar, the shopkeepers....you get it. Everyone is so Nice. Clem is to start with too but turns nasty, but even his jealousy has a stunted edge, he never really does much except moan and wallow in self pity. Its not a bad book, felt very true to the period but I need more going on, more real drama, jealousy, angst, a bigger divide where Oliver marrying Kerensa would have caused a huge rift in society as it did in Poldark. I didn't really understand why he married her, Tom was greedy enough that he'd have sold the land anyway, and Oliver could have fond a more suitable to his position wife than Kerensa. He'd barely noticed her so its not like he felt one look and he had to have her. Knowing she was already set to marry Clem he's not the kind of guy who'd go against that just on a whim so his determination to marry her didn't really work for me. The Poldark echoes don't really do this any favours, Oliver doesn't have the charisma of Ross, Kerensa is sweet but doesn't have Demelza's sharp wit and determination, Beatrice has shades of Trudy, but without Jud it doesn't really work. There's a kiddley run by a widow, the miners and their hard lives, wrecks on the shore and smuggling, even a Rosina with a bad leg but somehow it all feels so pallid. I expected Oliver's contemporaries to be shocked, to be rude to Kerensa, for Clem to do more than wander round whinging, for the vicar to be spouting fire and brimstone, for the shopkeepers to be avaricious etc. Instead I read a novel that was probably far more true to the time period, but much less fun to read. Its not a book I could dislike, its perfectly well written, just didn't have the excitement and drama the Poldark connection gave me to expect. Stars: Three, a story I had high hopes for but which ultimately was just an OK read. ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers  

  2. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Liddement

    I always enjoy reading historical novels set in Cornwall, where i live. Pengarron Land is the first of five novels set in Trelynne Cove in Mounts Bay in the year 1753. I found the story similar to the Poldark novels with lots of scandal, smuggling and the dramas between the farming and fishing communities and the gentry. The main problem i found was that some of the plots and characters seemed a bit to good to be true at times with very black and white characters who were either extremely violen I always enjoy reading historical novels set in Cornwall, where i live. Pengarron Land is the first of five novels set in Trelynne Cove in Mounts Bay in the year 1753. I found the story similar to the Poldark novels with lots of scandal, smuggling and the dramas between the farming and fishing communities and the gentry. The main problem i found was that some of the plots and characters seemed a bit to good to be true at times with very black and white characters who were either extremely violent and then suddenly mending their ways and becoming so nice and kind to everyone around them. Karensa and Sir Oliver Pengarron who married as part of a deal with the cove's purchase and seemed to live very happily within weeks of marriage, which didn't ring true for me as Karensa was betrothed to Clem, the farm laborer who she loved and had set her heart on. I did however enjoy the Cornish setting and the story flowed easily. I would read the next book in the series to see how the story continues but i would like to see more depth and a bit more reality to the storyline. #PengarronLand #NetGalley

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Good I can’t say I disliked this first in series and will probably read the next. I just felt the storyline didn’t flow and was rather messy. A lot of characters which is fine but there weren’t smooth transitions. I picked up a lot of typos and found that the formatting of new paragraphs or change of scenes to be lacking and that’s what I think disrupted the flow and made the reading messy. I think if these problems were resolved it would make a better read. So better editing needed.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Claire Rackett

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the setting too. It was most definitely a love story with a twist and the characters interlinked really well. I liked the contrasts perceived within the different main characters which added to the enjoyment of the story. The story line was well thought through and the ending very apt. I will consider reading the next in the series to see how the story unfolds but this can be read as a stand alone book. In addition, due to the fact that it was so well written I I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the setting too. It was most definitely a love story with a twist and the characters interlinked really well. I liked the contrasts perceived within the different main characters which added to the enjoyment of the story. The story line was well thought through and the ending very apt. I will consider reading the next in the series to see how the story unfolds but this can be read as a stand alone book. In addition, due to the fact that it was so well written I would look for more books by this author.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sandra thomas

    Pengarron Thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially as I started and finished it on holiday in Cornwall, not too far away from St Michael's Mount referred to in the book. Will read the rest of the series in due time. Historical romance just right for a holiday read. Pengarron Thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially as I started and finished it on holiday in Cornwall, not too far away from St Michael's Mount referred to in the book. Will read the rest of the series in due time. Historical romance just right for a holiday read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ann Wortley

    Pengarron saga I loved this book laughed cried couldn’t put it down would recommend it to anyone who loves a good family drama

  7. 4 out of 5

    Carol Noble

    Excellent Read Loved this book the first in a series great characters hard to put down Now on to book 2 highly recommended

  8. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    lacked a bit of substance and description. Just didn't flow smoothly for me .unlikely to read the rest of the books in the series. lacked a bit of substance and description. Just didn't flow smoothly for me .unlikely to read the rest of the books in the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lala G

    Very Poldark. Good read if you liked those.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    I will add a detailed review later. Suffice to say that I can't wait until the next book in the series is released. This has the makings of a great family saga. I will add a detailed review later. Suffice to say that I can't wait until the next book in the series is released. This has the makings of a great family saga.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kris Loveid

    Too slow for me. The religious aspect expands as the book progresses and I'm not interested in reading about prayers, etc. I gave up about half way. Too slow for me. The religious aspect expands as the book progresses and I'm not interested in reading about prayers, etc. I gave up about half way.

  12. 4 out of 5

    sakina

    Varied and excellent tale Thoroughly enjoyable read lovely story about various families and how issues are resolved amicably with a happy ending as well

  13. 5 out of 5

    Noninuna

    4.5 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Florence fisher

    Captivating Really enjoyed this book can't wait to get book two It has certainly been a big help through lockdown Stay safe Captivating Really enjoyed this book can't wait to get book two It has certainly been a big help through lockdown Stay safe

  15. 5 out of 5

    kattie

    Pengarron Land I loved this story. I recommend everyone to read this book. I look forward to reading more of her books. Katie

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lorna Wright

    Great read Well written with a story that draws you in from the beginning. I can't wait to read the next instalment. Great read Well written with a story that draws you in from the beginning. I can't wait to read the next instalment.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Frangou

    Very readable Very well written. Good character development. The perfect book for a poolside read. Looking forward to reading the next book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janey

    Rather like Poldark in settting and period. Took me back in time without sugar-coating history but still uplifting. An easy read, engaging and interesting.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ria

    Kerensa Trelynne is all set to marry her childhood sweetheart Clem Trenchard and leave the home in the cove she has lived in all her life with her grandfather Tom. But the Lord Oliver Pengarron is determined to get back the last bit of land his family over the years dissipated away and that land belongs to Tom Trelynne. The wily old devil barters away the land but along with it the hand of Kerensa, unsure at first Oliver at first reluctantly agrees and through this act many years of heartbreak and Kerensa Trelynne is all set to marry her childhood sweetheart Clem Trenchard and leave the home in the cove she has lived in all her life with her grandfather Tom. But the Lord Oliver Pengarron is determined to get back the last bit of land his family over the years dissipated away and that land belongs to Tom Trelynne. The wily old devil barters away the land but along with it the hand of Kerensa, unsure at first Oliver at first reluctantly agrees and through this act many years of heartbreak and bitterness ensue. Clem is devastated and cannot get over Kerensa even though now trapped in a loveless marriage and with a child on the way. With two men who both love her how can she ever choose between the man who stole her heart and was her first love or the man now her husband and who against her stubborn will she is slowly to learn she has deep feelings for. A wonderful and sweeping epic start to a Cornish family saga in the style of the historical novel greats such as Cookson or Cox but with rich period tones of Winston's Poldark. Devoured this so quickly and very much looking forward to catching up with the characters fates in the succeeding novels. A must for any fan of great historical novels.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sharonb

    Another dnf at 20% What I read was not totally bad but just nothing special and I wasn't enjoying it. Another dnf at 20% What I read was not totally bad but just nothing special and I wasn't enjoying it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    jean cullen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mrs S M Welch

  23. 5 out of 5

    Georgina Shackleton

  24. 5 out of 5

    MRS K BROADHEAD

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ivy Hill

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Parfitt

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sadie brown

  28. 4 out of 5

    vivien kyriacou

  29. 5 out of 5

    fritha benjamin-miller

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary Somani

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