Title: A Castaway in Cornwall
Author: Julie Klassen
Genre: Historical Fiction
About the book: It’s a standalone novel that follows Laura Callaway who feels like an outsider living with her uncle and his second wife in Cornwall after the death of her parents. When a man washes ashore after a shipwreck, she helps nurse him back to health but soon realizes he’s not who he says he is.
First impressions: I like historical fiction, but this book isn’t what I normally reach for. I don’t know much about the early 19th century, Christianity, or Cornwall. Even so, I enjoyed learning more about that time period and the seaside setting.
Characters: Even though the characters live such different lives than we do nowadays, they’re still easy to relate to. I think the relationship dynamics developed well throughout the novel, especially between Laura and the castaway.
“She had chosen this course and would choose it again.”
Writing: It’s almost 400 pages in length. The chapters aren’t too long with an epigraph at the beginning of each one. Klassen includes a short prologue and epilogue as well.
Final thoughts: I wasn’t too sure what to expect for the ending, but I like how the story ends. There’s also an author’s note with more information about the story in addition to discussion questions. If you’re interested in a historical romance set during the 1800s, check out A Castaway in Cornwall.