I really enjoyed this story, with just enough mystery to keep the reader wondering who was behind all the strange things that were happening, but also with enough clues that, although you couldn’t be sure certain persons were the culprit, you were pretty sure they were at least involved, and just a dash of romance! I had read the first book in this series, but when I started this book I did not realize this was part of a series. It was only when I kept thinking I had heard the name of Julia’s home (Penwythe Hall) before, when I realized that I had. That being said, you can most definitely read this book without having read the first book. Although Julia’s home and her guardians (her aunt and uncle) are mentioned in this book, it is only in passing.
It has been noted that this series would appeal to fans of the TV series Poldark … I agree, although not as gritty as the TV series, there are some similarities.
As often happens with historical fiction this book led me to do a bit of research, but I have not as yet come across a definitive answer to my question …. why do some mine names begin with the word Bal, and other with the word Wheal? I did find that Bal means mine and was in use after the year 1800. Wheal, although often thought to mean mine, actually means “place of work”, and that most Cornish mines are prefixed with the word Wheal.
Another great book by Sarah E. Ladd, and I look forward to reading the next book in the series “The Light at Wyndcliff” which is supposed to come out in October 2020.