Review: The Daughter of River Valley
The Daughter of River Valley
Beth Jago appears to have the idyllic life, she has a trade to earn a living and a cottage of her own in Cornwall’s beautiful River Valley. Yet appearances can be deceptive …
Beth has a secret. Since inheriting her isolated cottage she has been receiving threats, so when she finds a man in her home she acts on her instincts. One frying pan to the head and she has robbed the handsome stranger of his memory and almost killed him.
Brought together by unknown circumstances, and fearful he may die, she reluctantly nurses the intruder back to health. Yet can she trust the man with no name who has entered her life, or is he as dangerous as his nightmares suggest? As they learn to trust one another, the outside threats worsen. Are they linked to the man with no past? Or is the real danger still outside waiting … and watching them both?
Oh, this book has a beautiful sense of place. I was more enthralled by the description than the characters - a rarity for me. Beautiful landscapes and a great sense of culture are hallmarks of this romance set in Cornwall. I'm an unashamed fan of Poldark's lush landscapes (with or without men on horseback) so I loved being able to envision this book so perfectly.
As for the story, I enjoyed it but didn't love it. The characters had a lot to recommend them but they never quite stood out from the location enough to come alive. There were a few twists but none as gasp-worthy as I wanted. However, I did think that the overall story was lovely and quite hopeful - it just didn't have the majesty and romance the windy cliffs conjure in my mind.
But hey - we just wrapped series 4 of Poldark, so it was probably unfair timing for this read. I'd still recommend the book, especially to fans of Cornwall and its surroundings. I think it competes well with other historical fiction and will please readers, though perhaps not if you are unabashedly obsessed with Winston Graham.
Author Bio –
Victoria Cornwall 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’s writing has been shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romantic Fiction and her debut novel reached the final for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award.
Victoria 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.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.