The Cornish Rebel by Nicola Pryce

Live In Hope

The Cornish Rebel by Nicola Pryce is a marvellous historical novel that consumed me from the start.

The action is set in 1801 in Cornwall. It is a time of change as we hear about the prospect of new turnpike roads being built. The world is teetering on a new era with new chemical discoveries being made that will aid with road building. Also, there are those who are concerned with the health of the tin miners.

Women were second class citizens to men but within the novel we meet some very strong, forward-thinking women.

Much of the story surrounds a girls school threatened with closure. Perseverance and determination are the characteristics of both an aunt and her niece. Both also have philanthropic hearts that want to help the plight of poor, disadvantaged girls. They believe that education should be available for all, with equal footings to all the girls in their care.

Jealousy is a terrible master. It corrupts and blackens hearts.

Animals are often good judges of character, as a dog proves in the tale.

Family is important. We see love in action as a family is provided for, whilst also managing to cut off the leeches who seek to take advantage of females.

Dreams are important. We should pursue our dreams and not the dreams of others.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Cornish Rebel. I found the leading lady admirable with her forward thinking and her huge heart. Her strong character and her loyalty were admirable.

The Cornish Rebel is an exciting read. As the book progressed, my heart rate rose in proportion with the tense action. It is simply marvellous.

I received a free copy via Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.


The Cornish Rebel

In the wake of her mother’s death, Pandora Woodville is desperate to escape her domineering father and finally return to Cornwall. Posing as a widow, she safely makes it across the Atlantic, bright with the dream of working at her Aunt Harriet’s school for young women. But as Pandora is soon to learn, the school is facing imminent closure after a series of sinister events threatened its reputation.

Acclaimed chemist Benedict Aubyn has also recently returned to Cornwall, to take up a new role as Turnpike Trust Surveyor. Pandora’s arrival has been a strange one, so she is grateful when he shows her kindness. As news of the school’s ruin spreads around town, everyone seems to be after her aunt’s estate. Now, Pandora and Aunt Harriet must do everything in their power to save the school, or risk losing everything.

However, Pandora has another problem. She’s falling for Benedict. But can she trust him, or is he simply looking after his own interests?

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Author Bio

Nicola Pryce trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. She has always loved literature and completed an Open University degree in Humanities. She is a qualified adult literacy support volunteer and lives with her husband in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset. Together they sail the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure.

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