Book Review

A Castaway in Cornwall by Julie Klassen

This is my last review for 2020~! I have been a fan of Julie Klassen for many years now and am always delighted when a copy of her book shows up in my mailbox or on my kindle. Here’s my review of her latest:



“Flotsam or jetsam?”  This is the opening line of Julie Klassen’s latest, A Castaway in Cornwall. Such a great opening line when you realize exactly what it means in the context of the story. Not having seen Poldark (I know, I know) I have heard that the opening scenes are Poldarkish, but I can’t deny nor confirm, since I have not watched that series. However, we start with Laura Callaway walking along the shore looking for objects washed up on the shore. Of course, there is a shipwreck and that’s where our hero of the story comes in. I loved every second of this book, intrigue, secrets, a search for belonging, and struggles to do what is right in a world turned upsidedown by the war between England and France. Escape into history and a love story with this beautiful book by Klassen. I found myself reluctant to come up for air. Enjoy!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.




Set adrift on the tides of fate by the deaths of her parents and left wanting answers, Laura Callaway now lives with her uncle and his disapproving wife in North Cornwall. There she feels like a castaway, always viewed as an outsider even as she yearns to belong.

While wreckers search for valuables along the windswept Cornwall coast–known for its many shipwrecks but few survivors–Laura searches for clues to the lives lost so she can write letters to next of kin and return keepsakes to rightful owners. When a man is washed ashore after a wreck, Laura acts quickly to protect him from a local smuggler determined to destroy him.

As Laura and a neighbor care for the survivor, they discover he has curious wounds and, although he speaks in careful, educated English, his accent seems odd. Other clues wash ashore, and Laura soon realizes he is not who he seems to be. Despite the evidence against him, the mysterious man might provide her only chance to discover the truth about her parents’ fate. With danger pursuing them from every side, and an unexpected attraction growing between them, will Laura ever find the answers she seeks?





Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her novels have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Minnesota Book Award, the Midwest Book Award, and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit and for more information.


Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Word Guild. She is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. Her fiction debut, A Promise to Keep released, Jan 21, 2020. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband, their two teenagers, and does the bidding of her two adorable cats.

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Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.

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