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She never should have fallen in love with the mine owner's son. Bal maiden Gwynna Merrick is more than prepared to resume her work at the copper mine, if only to keep her family safe from destitution. But when her upper-class friend convinces Gwynna to have one final night of enjoyment, a borrowed gown and a false identity give her a small taste of the freedom she has alway She never should have fallen in love with the mine owner's son. Bal maiden Gwynna Merrick is more than prepared to resume her work at the copper mine, if only to keep her family safe from destitution. But when her upper-class friend convinces Gwynna to have one final night of enjoyment, a borrowed gown and a false identity give her a small taste of the freedom she has always craved. That is, until the mine owner's handsome son arrives and threatens to reveal her identity. Heir to his father's mine, Jack Trevethan has returned to Cornwall to help with a new venture at Wheal Favour, though he prefers spending his time gaming, drinking, and chasing women—anything to forget the memories of his past. However, when he finds the bal maiden he'd met days before now attending the ball, he cannot resist learning more about this intriguing woman. After a disastrous first meeting, Gwynna wants nothing more than to avoid Jack, but as her work at Wheal Favour begins, she's continually thrown into his company. As Jack's flirtatious façade falls, revealing the wounds of his childhood, Gwynna begins to see the real gentleman behind the rake. But rumors surrounding their relationship and Jack's past will not yield, forcing the two of them to either trust and lean on each other—or fall victim to ghosts of the past. This is the third book in the clean/sweet Cornish Romance series and can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel.


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She never should have fallen in love with the mine owner's son. Bal maiden Gwynna Merrick is more than prepared to resume her work at the copper mine, if only to keep her family safe from destitution. But when her upper-class friend convinces Gwynna to have one final night of enjoyment, a borrowed gown and a false identity give her a small taste of the freedom she has alway She never should have fallen in love with the mine owner's son. Bal maiden Gwynna Merrick is more than prepared to resume her work at the copper mine, if only to keep her family safe from destitution. But when her upper-class friend convinces Gwynna to have one final night of enjoyment, a borrowed gown and a false identity give her a small taste of the freedom she has always craved. That is, until the mine owner's handsome son arrives and threatens to reveal her identity. Heir to his father's mine, Jack Trevethan has returned to Cornwall to help with a new venture at Wheal Favour, though he prefers spending his time gaming, drinking, and chasing women—anything to forget the memories of his past. However, when he finds the bal maiden he'd met days before now attending the ball, he cannot resist learning more about this intriguing woman. After a disastrous first meeting, Gwynna wants nothing more than to avoid Jack, but as her work at Wheal Favour begins, she's continually thrown into his company. As Jack's flirtatious façade falls, revealing the wounds of his childhood, Gwynna begins to see the real gentleman behind the rake. But rumors surrounding their relationship and Jack's past will not yield, forcing the two of them to either trust and lean on each other—or fall victim to ghosts of the past. This is the third book in the clean/sweet Cornish Romance series and can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel.

30 review for Near the Ruins of Penharrow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    I loved this Regency romance set in Cornwall! I hadn't ever heard of a Bal Maiden before reading this but now I am fascinated by the lives they led. Seriously, I can't imagine the strength and courage it would take to work the hard labor they did and at such young ages. Gwynna was inspiring! And I loved that Jack saw her worth despite their huge difference in station. Jack was a fun and believable hero, I'm so glad they got their happily ever after. The only thing better than reading this book c I loved this Regency romance set in Cornwall! I hadn't ever heard of a Bal Maiden before reading this but now I am fascinated by the lives they led. Seriously, I can't imagine the strength and courage it would take to work the hard labor they did and at such young ages. Gwynna was inspiring! And I loved that Jack saw her worth despite their huge difference in station. Jack was a fun and believable hero, I'm so glad they got their happily ever after. The only thing better than reading this book cozied up at home would be reading it cozied up in Cornwall. Someday...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie Carpenter

    I have once again been swept away to the Cornish coast. It was beautiful and moving. I've loved every book in this series and this one didn't disappoint. It made me so happy to see familiar characters from previous books. But I was especially happy that the sweet, sorrowing and forgiving bal maiden from the second book had her own story. I loved Gwynna. She's plucky and beyond strong and capable to withstand whatever is sent her way. She's not afraid to speak her mind and to reach for her dreams I have once again been swept away to the Cornish coast. It was beautiful and moving. I've loved every book in this series and this one didn't disappoint. It made me so happy to see familiar characters from previous books. But I was especially happy that the sweet, sorrowing and forgiving bal maiden from the second book had her own story. I loved Gwynna. She's plucky and beyond strong and capable to withstand whatever is sent her way. She's not afraid to speak her mind and to reach for her dreams. I didn't tire of her schemes and loved when she had a mishap. That might not sound good that I loved when she had a mishap but it's true for a couple of reasons. One is it shows her strength because she doesn't crumble and let it deter her, she gets back up, brushes herself off and keeps moving forward again and again. Another reason is for the fact that those mishaps tend to happen when a certain gentleman is around. Or is he a rake? You'll have to read the book to discover the mystery of Jack Trevethan. There were so many great scenes throughout this book...ok I just have to say that I loved every scene. I didn't want to set the book down. I wanted to keep reading and discovering these characters and their struggles and joys and sorrows and dreams and most especially their hope for healing and love. If you want to read a book about a character who is a great portrayal of forgiveness and love then look no further. Gwynna will work her way into your heart and have you cheering for her through her sorrows and triumphs. You will laugh, you'll sigh and you might possibly cry. But I promise it is worth every moment. You can read this book, or any book in the series, as a stand alone but I highly recommend reading them all. They're well worth the time and you will come away with some great insights as well. Content: Clean. Nothing more than a few kisses. I received a copy from the author. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own. Happy Reading!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)

    A lower class working girl and an uppercrust gentleman form an unlikely friendship and help each other heal from deep hurts. I loved learning about the rough lifestyle of the miners and specifically the bal maidens that work there. The grit and determination of Gwynna draws the attention of Jack, but it is her thoughtfulness and compassion that endears her to him. I struggled with him since he's selfish and thoughtless in the beginning, but Gwynna's friendship makes him wake up and realize that A lower class working girl and an uppercrust gentleman form an unlikely friendship and help each other heal from deep hurts. I loved learning about the rough lifestyle of the miners and specifically the bal maidens that work there. The grit and determination of Gwynna draws the attention of Jack, but it is her thoughtfulness and compassion that endears her to him. I struggled with him since he's selfish and thoughtless in the beginning, but Gwynna's friendship makes him wake up and realize that he doesn't want to be that person. It takes almost the entire book for him to make a genuine transition, including facing his demons and repairing his relationship with his father. All the while, Gwynna is caught up in helping those around her, even when dressing as a society lady brings her more trouble than it's worth. Her grief over her brother's recent death in the mine is a point of connection with Jack as he still struggles with the loss of his mother as a boy. The attraction that builds even as their friendship grows makes things more complicated since they are from two very different worlds, but I was happy with how it all worked out in the end. The setting is very atmospheric and I'm excited to add Cornwall to my list of future travels! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    A refreshing tale set in the beautiful Cornish countryside, Near the Ruins of Penharrow was a fun and sweet clean Regency romance that was so original and outside of what I have typically seen for this genre even with other works that have used the trope of falling in love with someone in a different class station. The author did such a wonderful job of bringing to life a part of history that I will admit to knowing nothing about (mining in Cornwall during the early 1800's) and educating me, whi A refreshing tale set in the beautiful Cornish countryside, Near the Ruins of Penharrow was a fun and sweet clean Regency romance that was so original and outside of what I have typically seen for this genre even with other works that have used the trope of falling in love with someone in a different class station. The author did such a wonderful job of bringing to life a part of history that I will admit to knowing nothing about (mining in Cornwall during the early 1800's) and educating me, while also endearing the plight of the minor families to me. The story-line felt very believable and I enjoyed how there wasn't a magical "everything works out" that felt unrealistic for the time, but the happily ever after worked really well with the character personalities and the community this author has created. I truly enjoyed Gwynna and Jack's story! This book kept me completely interested and invested in how things would work out between not only Gwynna and Jack, but also their relationships with their families. Their romance was built beautifully among the backdrop of the mining community and the class divisions of the time. I love the way their attraction grew and the banter and honesty they shared. The dynamic between the two was stellar! The romantic tension was great and as much as they kept wishing they could kiss each other; trust me I was cheering for it too! That being said, when they do finally get their moment it was well worth any wait and I don't want to spoil anything, but the author did a great job creating swoon worthy chemistry that definitely delivered while keeping things clean and wholesome which is always a win in my book. There were moments of laughter and moments of real heartache. This is a book I will definitely be rereading over and over again. I highly recommend this novel and the other books in Hathaway's Cornish Romance series. This can be read as a standalone, but it was fun to see characters from the previous novels mentioned in this story. If you want some more fascinating information regarding the bal maidens, I highly recommend reading the Author's Note at the end as well. Very well done!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sonya Wasden

    Wow! I really loved this story so much. Gwynna lives in Cornwall, England, and is from a lower working class in society. She works, with her father, at a mine. She does backbreaking work day in and day out. She has a friend who is a member of the upper crust of society who allows her to borrow a beautiful dress, clean herself up and enjoy a ball. If she is caught, she knows she can go to jail for impersonating someone from the upper crust, but it is worth to risk to feel what it would be like to Wow! I really loved this story so much. Gwynna lives in Cornwall, England, and is from a lower working class in society. She works, with her father, at a mine. She does backbreaking work day in and day out. She has a friend who is a member of the upper crust of society who allows her to borrow a beautiful dress, clean herself up and enjoy a ball. If she is caught, she knows she can go to jail for impersonating someone from the upper crust, but it is worth to risk to feel what it would be like to be a lady in society. While at the ball, she is discovered by the mine owner's son, Jack. He is a bit of a cad with a good heart, but since the death of his mother, he has really not cared what others thought about the kind of man he is. He proposes a kiss to keep her secret to which she emphatically refuses. He is intrigued by this person who works as hard as any man during the day and then can be so beautiful and fragile. The more he gets to know Gwynna and learns how good-hearted a person she is, the better man he wants to be. She is beautiful and kind and compassionate and he begins to see that she is the only woman in the world that would make him happy. But it could never be because of their differences in society. She would never be accepted into his world and she would have to sacrifice all that knows and loves for the love of this man. Is true love worth the sacrifice? This was an absolutely beautifully told story of forgiveness and the power of love. There is so much more to the story than I have described. It is a clean sweet romance without foul language or descriptive sexual content allowing the beautiful story to be told without distraction. I was given an arc copy of this book and I willingly offer my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elda

    Deeply emotional romance! Have you read a romance lately that tugged and pulled feelings out of you that you didn’t know you had? This one did it for me. It is a testament to Ms Hathaway’s writing skills. I loved her characters. Jack’s turnaround in his life was due mostly to the inspiration of the bal maiden, Gwynna, who touched his heart. He developed an ever growing compassion for the struggles Gwynna faced. The bravery she had for even working at the same mine where her brother had perished w Deeply emotional romance! Have you read a romance lately that tugged and pulled feelings out of you that you didn’t know you had? This one did it for me. It is a testament to Ms Hathaway’s writing skills. I loved her characters. Jack’s turnaround in his life was due mostly to the inspiration of the bal maiden, Gwynna, who touched his heart. He developed an ever growing compassion for the struggles Gwynna faced. The bravery she had for even working at the same mine where her brother had perished was beyond him. I enjoyed the comedic relief of Gwynna trying to act the part of a lady when they dined with a small party in a friend’s home. Her unplanned nervous antics such as accidentally flipping a bite of pie onto Jack’s face was hilarious. I was touched by Jack’s testament of how he overcame alcoholism and gambling. I was extremely impressed by the visuals Ms Hathaway painted of the scenery-the grounds, Penharrow, the beach, the sunsets, the mine, the work that is done in the mine, the cliffs...I could go on. To say the least, this story was an inspiration, the romance was dreamy, the drama felt real, my heart cried for Jack and what he was going through, what Gwynna was going through, what her father was going through, the miners and their families. This was a truly inspirational read. And I sooo loved the HEA.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mia Burke

    Oh my gosh I loved this book! Deborah Hathaway is a talented author who has masterfully woven a story where worlds collide and love conquers even the most scared of hearts. She always captures your heart from the start and sweeps you away to the Cornish Coast where you become totally immersed in the story and the surroundings. Her research is exemplary and she’s fantastic at dialect which adds to the story’s authenticity. She’s so articulate and the dialogue and interactions between characters is Oh my gosh I loved this book! Deborah Hathaway is a talented author who has masterfully woven a story where worlds collide and love conquers even the most scared of hearts. She always captures your heart from the start and sweeps you away to the Cornish Coast where you become totally immersed in the story and the surroundings. Her research is exemplary and she’s fantastic at dialect which adds to the story’s authenticity. She’s so articulate and the dialogue and interactions between characters is just wonderful. Her imagery was fascinating and so real that you imagine yourself a part of the story. Her character development was beautifully done, creating multi dimensional characters. Gwynna and Jack were made for one another! Gwynna was strong, with an indomitable spirit, selfless, compassionate, kind and forgiving. A girl unafraid to reach for her dreams. And Jack, a rake they say but there’s always more to the story. With Gwynna’s love Jack is able to be the man he was meant to be. This is just such a beautiful and sweet love story that touches your heart! Thank you Deborah For such a well written wonderful story of the power of love! I can’t recommend the story enough!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sharleen

    Loved the characters so much that I can't even care about what other weaknesses the book may have. Nice pace, dreamy setting (Cornwall!), and great character growth! 4.5 stars. Loved the characters so much that I can't even care about what other weaknesses the book may have. Nice pace, dreamy setting (Cornwall!), and great character growth! 4.5 stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Warner

    Fun clean series This is really a lovely series, I enjoy the dialog and plots the author has come up with in the series. I have thoroughly enjoyed them. The plots are fun and inspiring. I enjoy the progression of growth in the characters. I give this 5 stars because the plot is so well done and there are no crazy misunderstandings that are annoying. Just a realistic relationship with it’s natural adversaries. As noted below I would probably remove a half star for the overused similes. Definitely a Fun clean series This is really a lovely series, I enjoy the dialog and plots the author has come up with in the series. I have thoroughly enjoyed them. The plots are fun and inspiring. I enjoy the progression of growth in the characters. I give this 5 stars because the plot is so well done and there are no crazy misunderstandings that are annoying. Just a realistic relationship with it’s natural adversaries. As noted below I would probably remove a half star for the overused similes. Definitely a series to read and enjoy. For the author: In general it is very well written, but as in the 2nd book I get very distracted by the odd similes that are more detailed than necessary and they hinder the flow of reading in my opinion. In my last review I incorrectly called them metaphors, obviously I’m not a writer :) Although not a writer, I do read voraciously and can differentiate great writing from good writing and so forth. This is good writing and has potential, but there are too many similes, and as mentioned already they interrupt the flow because the reader will try to understand, connect and picture them. The extra details detract from the point of the sentence. I doubt the author really wants me to start picturing a “dead pilchard washed up on shore” does she? Or start thinking about cinnamon rolls “inside a shop window”, or “a house cat tearing apart mice”? A simile should give only details needed to really picture the details of the subject, not take you to a totally different subject not related to the story. Here are some examples with suggestions. If you want to use them, keep them simpler: Guilt swarmed her insides like a flock of seagulls to a dead pilchard washed up on shore. Suggestion: Guilt swarmed her insides like a flock of seagulls. ...to have him perched on the edge of the cliff like a peregrine falcon, silent and focused, was rather daunting. Suggestion: ...to have him perched on the edge of the cliff like a falcon, was rather daunting. ...the sun peering through its rustling leaves above like a child moving back and forth to see baked goods inside a shop window. Suggestion: ...the sun peering through its rustling leaves. (Skip the simile altogether) ...her nerves slipped around her, like a wave cascading down the sides of a rock, pooling at her feet. Suggestion: ...her nerves slipped around her, like a wave cascading down the sides of a rock. ...they pattered across the marble flooring like jittery mice, hoping to escape the house cat before its claws tore into them. Suggestion: ...they pattered across the marble flooring like jittery mice His words were stilted, choppy, like the waves before them, running into the other before the first had a chance to complete its course. Suggestion: His words were stilted, choppy, like the waves before them. Did Jane Austen use so many similes? I doubt it. Some similes are good but too many are distracting. I only write the above, because I really think the author has so much potential and besides all the similes, the writing was really well done and flowed naturally otherwise

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Near Ruins of Penharrow is a wonderful addition to the Cornish Romance Series. The book is beautifully written and filled with the rich history and culture of the hard workers involved in the mining industry. The danger and sacrifices involved in this industry was many times a family affair. This book gives us an inside look through the eyes of one courageous girl who returns to working at the mine after an accident there killed her only brother. Gwynna Merrick has the ability to do a back breaki Near Ruins of Penharrow is a wonderful addition to the Cornish Romance Series. The book is beautifully written and filled with the rich history and culture of the hard workers involved in the mining industry. The danger and sacrifices involved in this industry was many times a family affair. This book gives us an inside look through the eyes of one courageous girl who returns to working at the mine after an accident there killed her only brother. Gwynna Merrick has the ability to do a back breaking job every day despite her smaller frame - willing to bear the aches and pains to help the mother and father she loves. She also has a secret desire to have a small taste of being a lady, attending a ball in a borrowed dress, given by her friend Sophia Hawkins. Her dream night ends in a nightmare when she is recognized by the mine owners son Jack. Would she lose her job if he told her secret? I loved Gwynna's spirit which never gave up despite so much heartache in her life. She learned the power of forgiveness and she was willing to help her friends. Her selflessness has surprisingly given her friends in the upper class as well as in her own working class. I also really liked Jack Trevethan as his character grew from a self absorbed, bitter son into the man his deceased mother always meant him to be. His relationship with Gwynna started out to tease her but as he came to know her, his curiosity to find out more about her had him searching her out. This book drew me in and the detailed writing made me feel like I was there with them. I was given a copy of the book by the author and this is my honest unbiased review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Tican

    I met Gwynna Merrick in For The Lady Of Lowena, Sophia Rosewall's and Frederick Hawkins' story. After the Rosewalls fall from grace for losing their home and fortune, Gwynna was the the only person outside their class who became Sophia's one true friend. Before going back to doing hard labor in the mines, the two friends brought into fruition Gwynna's dream of dancing at a societal ball for just one night of fun and forgetting for a little while tomorrow's and apparently forever's drudgery. Gulp I met Gwynna Merrick in For The Lady Of Lowena, Sophia Rosewall's and Frederick Hawkins' story. After the Rosewalls fall from grace for losing their home and fortune, Gwynna was the the only person outside their class who became Sophia's one true friend. Before going back to doing hard labor in the mines, the two friends brought into fruition Gwynna's dream of dancing at a societal ball for just one night of fun and forgetting for a little while tomorrow's and apparently forever's drudgery. Gulping a lemonade instead of slowly sipping like a lady during the Fynwary Ball (her friends the Hawkins' home) where Gwynna was to have her debut as a 'lady' of the ton, sealed her fate and curtailed her fun... she enjoyed one dance though, also gentlemen bowed and ladies nodded to her... she even fooled the finicky investor Mr. Pinnick who thought miners dirty and uncouth... until she was recognized by Jack Trevethan, the son of the owner of Wheal Favour mine where she would be starting her work. From then on, her life would never be the same. A good vehicle for showing the hard manual labor that happened in the mines as well as making use of women and children... the health issues and the dangers that working in said environment graphically mirrored. p.s. ~ Out of Time sync in using words in Contemporary context as well as Americanisms: Chapter 3 and 4 ~ ruckus (1890) maybe even American Frontier like 'rumpus'... Chapter 4 ~ divvy instead of divide (1877 American English)... there are others like 'process' used in today's context but plausibility would allow it... still it warped the Timeline a bit for me.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    Forbidden love in a historical romance between two different social classes I think is my least favorite trope. I often pass. The fact I gave it 5 strars is a testemant to Deborah Hatahway's ability as an author. I found the story full of historial detail told in an engaging way. The h was likeable and the H showed nice character growth. While reading the story I noted the author really knew how to turn a phrase to paint a vibrant picture and was able to evoke emotion in the reader through her w Forbidden love in a historical romance between two different social classes I think is my least favorite trope. I often pass. The fact I gave it 5 strars is a testemant to Deborah Hatahway's ability as an author. I found the story full of historial detail told in an engaging way. The h was likeable and the H showed nice character growth. While reading the story I noted the author really knew how to turn a phrase to paint a vibrant picture and was able to evoke emotion in the reader through her writing. With the h & H being from two different social classes the author didn't just sugar coat the romance. There was some realisim in the story & acknowledgement of their future challenges. This is part of a series but I think you could still enjoy the story as a stand alone. Their might be a few minor spoilers if read out of order. I think this story, despite my earlier misgivings, might be my favorite in the series. The book was a page turner for me. There were some funny moments for the h & her interactions with the H.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marie Bourgery

    Gwynna Merrick was a secondary character in the last book, but I admired her for her strength in the face of adversity after her brother was killed in the mines that Sophia’s father owned. This book explored even more the hard dangerous work that miners and other mine workers like bal maidens experience. It almost seems like a prison sentence to be forced to break rocks or work in the dark all day and certainly something I am grateful I never have to experience. Jack Trevethan was the spoiled so Gwynna Merrick was a secondary character in the last book, but I admired her for her strength in the face of adversity after her brother was killed in the mines that Sophia’s father owned. This book explored even more the hard dangerous work that miners and other mine workers like bal maidens experience. It almost seems like a prison sentence to be forced to break rocks or work in the dark all day and certainly something I am grateful I never have to experience. Jack Trevethan was the spoiled son of the wealthy man who now owns the mine. Jack has never had to work, resents his father for his mother’s death and sending him away to live with his cousins, and spent much of his young adulthood gambling, drinking, and chasing women. He started out chasing Gwynna, but she wouldn’t let him catch her and when he sees her at work and how different her life is from his, it makes him want to be a better man.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Johnson

    This was another captivating story in this excellent series by Deborah Hathaway. The characters were outstanding and the storyline was WOW! I learned a lot about the Cornish countryside and the lives these people endured in reading this book. The detail the author gives the reader was very well researched and totally explained in her conclusion. The story was so detailed and the emotions went everywhere in the spectrum of smiles to tears with so much in between. I have read and enjoyed every boo This was another captivating story in this excellent series by Deborah Hathaway. The characters were outstanding and the storyline was WOW! I learned a lot about the Cornish countryside and the lives these people endured in reading this book. The detail the author gives the reader was very well researched and totally explained in her conclusion. The story was so detailed and the emotions went everywhere in the spectrum of smiles to tears with so much in between. I have read and enjoyed every book in this series and I would recommend this entire set. This is my favorite book in the series. A totally clean, sweet romance that is so much more than "romance". Warning: hard to put down. I received an ARC copy of this book. This is my total voluntary, honest and personal review. VICKI FROM WYOMING

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    A different kind of Regency Romance, one with depth of character and writing. Life from the viewpoints of mine workers AND from those in society, how could this be interesting? Read this refreshing and unique story for a refreshing change of pace from the ‘usual’ Regency Romance! The author uses beautifully descriptive writing in developing her story, educating the reader—just a bit—on life in a working mine in 1813 and the differences in lifestyle of the working class and the mineowners out in A different kind of Regency Romance, one with depth of character and writing. Life from the viewpoints of mine workers AND from those in society, how could this be interesting? Read this refreshing and unique story for a refreshing change of pace from the ‘usual’ Regency Romance! The author uses beautifully descriptive writing in developing her story, educating the reader—just a bit—on life in a working mine in 1813 and the differences in lifestyle of the working class and the mineowners out in society. We watch as Gwynna, our h, breaks the imaginary barriers between social classes in a very “classy” way, and our H, Peter, reaches out to help her cross. We enjoy watching these multifaceted characters meet, and grow increasingly interested in each other. A clean story, with a HEA for Gwynna and Peter. You will not be disappointed in this touching story.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marilee

    I thoroughly enjoyed this unique regency romance! Set in Cornwall against the backdrop of a copper mine, I was both intrigued by the sweet relationship between Gwynna and Jack and fascinated by the historical facts about bal maidens and the mining process at the time. This book was obviously well researched and the author masterfully wove historical facts into the story. The romance was sweet and I appreciated the character development for Jack as I was not a fan of his at the beginning of the b I thoroughly enjoyed this unique regency romance! Set in Cornwall against the backdrop of a copper mine, I was both intrigued by the sweet relationship between Gwynna and Jack and fascinated by the historical facts about bal maidens and the mining process at the time. This book was obviously well researched and the author masterfully wove historical facts into the story. The romance was sweet and I appreciated the character development for Jack as I was not a fan of his at the beginning of the book. The themes of forgiveness and grief were intertwined with the love story in a heartfelt way. A solid 4.5 stars! I received an advance copy of this book from the author but my opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Katy Jo Vasbinder

    What a wonderful series! I’m so glad I happened on to this series. My Grandmother’s ancestors came from Cornwall and I was blessed to be able to visit some family there with her in 1995. We toured around Penzance, saw the tall mining towers, ate Cornish Pasty’s, crossed the causeway to St. Michael’s Mount, and saw Land’s End. I can definitely see the landscape while reading this! Thank you for doing your research—it was so interesting learning more about the mining process... I know for sure that What a wonderful series! I’m so glad I happened on to this series. My Grandmother’s ancestors came from Cornwall and I was blessed to be able to visit some family there with her in 1995. We toured around Penzance, saw the tall mining towers, ate Cornish Pasty’s, crossed the causeway to St. Michael’s Mount, and saw Land’s End. I can definitely see the landscape while reading this! Thank you for doing your research—it was so interesting learning more about the mining process... I know for sure that my ancestor who immigrated to America worked in the mines—he was the superintendent of the mine in Leadville in the earth 1900s. It makes me wonder if his female ancestors worked as bar maidens. I highly recommend this series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    A.

    Although set in the Regency period, this sweet romance does not look like other Regency romances!  Deborah Hathaway has done a beautiful job immersing the reader in the sights, sounds, emotions concerns, and lives of the Cornish miners.  Her beautifully descriptive writing and moments of deep insight are interwoven in a love story that crosses society's imaginary lines.  Her characters are strong and well developed, the setting is beautiful, and the story is wonderful.  A wonderful addition to t Although set in the Regency period, this sweet romance does not look like other Regency romances!  Deborah Hathaway has done a beautiful job immersing the reader in the sights, sounds, emotions concerns, and lives of the Cornish miners.  Her beautifully descriptive writing and moments of deep insight are interwoven in a love story that crosses society's imaginary lines.  Her characters are strong and well developed, the setting is beautiful, and the story is wonderful.  A wonderful addition to the Cornish Romance series! I received a complimentary copy of this book.  My opinions are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Dugan

    Unbelievable ! Deborah has knocked another one "Out of the ballpark !" This is her third book that I have read and I always think, "...this one can't be as good as the last", but lo and behold it is! I was raised in a copper mining town in Arizona and while we had conditions much better than the ones in Cornwall, we still had "Company houses",and ever as children we knew what the different sounds coming from the mind ment. mostly to tell about a blast, sometimes a different one telling us that a Unbelievable ! Deborah has knocked another one "Out of the ballpark !" This is her third book that I have read and I always think, "...this one can't be as good as the last", but lo and behold it is! I was raised in a copper mining town in Arizona and while we had conditions much better than the ones in Cornwall, we still had "Company houses",and ever as children we knew what the different sounds coming from the mind ment. mostly to tell about a blast, sometimes a different one telling us that a disaster had happened, or lunch time, or the shift change, etc. I am remembering things I have forgotten for many, many years. Also thank you for the clean romance.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Lewis

    I typically don’t like books where a sub-character from one book is put as the main character in another. I love Ms. Hathaways books so much though that I wanted to read this one and I’m so glad I did. The main character of this story is Gwynna, who is Sophia’s best friend from the previous book “The Lady of Lowena”. She is of a significant lower class and her character provides a lot of historical knowledge of what working in the mines was like for men, women, and children during that time peri I typically don’t like books where a sub-character from one book is put as the main character in another. I love Ms. Hathaways books so much though that I wanted to read this one and I’m so glad I did. The main character of this story is Gwynna, who is Sophia’s best friend from the previous book “The Lady of Lowena”. She is of a significant lower class and her character provides a lot of historical knowledge of what working in the mines was like for men, women, and children during that time period. I love her and Jack’s connection and chemistry, and while I hate when people make rash decisions without any honest communication, it all ends well ❤️.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maria Thomas

    This was an interesting story. Since I haven't read much about miner's lives, it was also a learning experience. It was a sweet, yet angst filled romance since the love interests are in opposite classes. I thought it was very sweet how accepting Jack was of Gwynna's natural self. It would be heartbreaking to be in a relationship that doesn't seem to have any hope due to life's circumstances and that added to the angst of the story. I love that Gwynna was able to help Jack grow and forgive and Ja This was an interesting story. Since I haven't read much about miner's lives, it was also a learning experience. It was a sweet, yet angst filled romance since the love interests are in opposite classes. I thought it was very sweet how accepting Jack was of Gwynna's natural self. It would be heartbreaking to be in a relationship that doesn't seem to have any hope due to life's circumstances and that added to the angst of the story. I love that Gwynna was able to help Jack grow and forgive and Jack was able to help Gwynna get past the deep grief she felt over the loss of her brother. An enjoyable read. Sex: no Language: no Violence: a little

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee

    Oh my goodness! I absolutely loved Jack and Gwynna's story. Of the series so far, I think Near the Ruins of Penharrow definitely had the best chemistry and overall dynamics between the hero and heroine. I want to love Behind the Light of Golowduyn the most because I love the marriage of convenience trope so much but I think I'll have to keep it in second place because this story was just so good. I don't even know if. I can fully put into words all the emotions I felt with this story. Gwynna was Oh my goodness! I absolutely loved Jack and Gwynna's story. Of the series so far, I think Near the Ruins of Penharrow definitely had the best chemistry and overall dynamics between the hero and heroine. I want to love Behind the Light of Golowduyn the most because I love the marriage of convenience trope so much but I think I'll have to keep it in second place because this story was just so good. I don't even know if. I can fully put into words all the emotions I felt with this story. Gwynna was just such a strong female lead and Jack definitely changed a lot, for the better! And together, ah. They were just so adorable. I loved it. Am I just gushing all over the place??

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    This was such an enjoyable read. I liked Gwynna in the second book and was excited to read a story featuring her. It didn't let me down. She was such a good, caring person, and I loved seeing the way she made Jack a better person. I loved the themes of the importance of family and forgiveness woven throughout. Also, it was interesting to read about life at the mines. This was certainly quite different from any other Regency books I've read, but that added to my appreciation of this novel. I woul This was such an enjoyable read. I liked Gwynna in the second book and was excited to read a story featuring her. It didn't let me down. She was such a good, caring person, and I loved seeing the way she made Jack a better person. I loved the themes of the importance of family and forgiveness woven throughout. Also, it was interesting to read about life at the mines. This was certainly quite different from any other Regency books I've read, but that added to my appreciation of this novel. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Regency, sweet romance, or historical romance.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shaylin Maxwell

    This book was AWESOME! I loved all the information about the mines and the bal maidens. I had no idea women were so involved in the mining. I read the whole book in a day- it was fascinating! I fell in love with both Gwynna and Jack- the author did a great job developing both characters. Gwynna’s dialogue was fun to read too with all her Cornish words. This book is one I would for sure recommend!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    I was so excited to get to read the fourth book in Deborah M. Hathaway’s wonderful Cornish Romance Series! Near the Ruins of Penharrow was so worth the wait! The characters were wonderful and so multifaceted. I truly enjoyed reading about Gwynna and the experiences of miners and maidens. I cannot even imagine such a life. I really enjoyed seeing how strength, goodness, forgiveness, and love changed the character’s lives. Wonderful clean love story. Wonderful ending. A truly beautiful story!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robyn Echols

    Rags to Riches Romance I enjoyed this romance set in Cornwall and including the history of copper mining in the region. The son of a well-to-do mine owner pits his personal struggles against the wisdom of a less educated woman of the working class. A series of interesting events draw the two together even as their stations in life drive them apart. I enjoyed the suspense and the development of the relationships of several of the characters. A great read

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Another winner from Deborah M. Hathaway! I’ve loved each book in this series, and Near the Ruins of Penharrow is one of my favorites in the series. It made me miss Poldark a lot, but the setting is so magical and the characters are so beautifully written it made up for the end of the show. A solid 4.5/ stars!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Lavering

    I loved this story This story was so good. There was a lot of pain and heartache that the two had to overcome but they did so with real feeling. I just loved how the love story played out. Probably my favorite novel written by this author, though the first is this series comes as a close second.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

    Great historic book This was a interesting story, our family from both sides came from Ireland, i am 81 and was born in ‘39. My father was born in 1896, he talked about his step-brothers and sisters having to work in box factories in NY when he was 18. He left because his stepfather wanted to keep his money too. It was a hard life but families had love too.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Parker

    I LOVED IT! Did I mention I loved it? I knew from the last book that Gwynna was going to be a phenomenal character in this book and she didn’t disappoint. I adored her spunk, determination to see the positive, her fragility, her tenderness, all of it. And oh boy don’t get me started on Jack. The two of them were absolutely perfect for each other. Absolutely my favorite book of the series.

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