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Havencross Paperback – August 1, 2017
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This peculiar Regency from Daines (Willowkeep) is much more a suspense novel than a romance, kissed with the aesthetic of modern fantasy. It s primarily an expression of love for the Cornwall coast and for Arthurian legend, grounded in the smuggling history of the region. --Publisher's Weekly
Elaine's adventures are a clear throwback to the novels of the regency era, with a mix of tales from the age of chivalry. The result is a cross-genre story that could serve as a haven for anyone. --Foreword Reviews
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What Havencross is About
Elaine Cardinham, the main character, and her parents are forced to return to their country home in Cornwall for refuge when a shocking scandal involving her father spreads through London society. But Havencross reminds her of the mysterious disappearance of her brother and a marriage proposal she spurned, both five years ago. There, she runs into the man who offered his hand, Gareth Kemp, and also, surprisingly, into a man who has followed her from London to offer her his hand now. He’s an earl, and she accepts without hesitation so as to escape her circumstances, but finds that Gareth never stopped loving her and that she really doesn’t know her fionce at all. They’re both distracted by dangerous and mysterious smugglers plaguing the Cornish coast, killing neighbors and others more and more frequently. As Elaine attempts to run from her past, she ventures ever closer to a dangerous truth—and finds that Gareth may be the only one who can save her from a deadly finish.
Why I Liked Havencross
There are a couple of elements that make Havencross more than just a romance or a mystery:
The fact that the story develops against the foil of Elaine’s and Gareth’s shared past—his failed proposal and their friendship before that—strengthens it and gives it flavor. Their shared recollections of wandering the moors with her brother, John, who was Gareth’s best friend, provides an emotional depth that I savored.
At a few key points, Elaine is led into some of the caves that pock the coast by a mysterious women who wears a circlet on her head. Elaine thinks she might be King Arthur’s Guinevere, since there are ruins nearby rumored to have been inhabited by the couple. This is where the connection to the Dark is Rising series comes in for me, as it is set in Cornwall as well and involves striving against certain evils. Elaine’s encounters with the mysterious woman pose questions that prowl around the reader’s brain for the duration of the novel, and help to provide critical clues that lead to the answers of other questions.
Who Would Like Havencross
Maybe it’s obvious, but anyone who loves works by Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Julianne Donaldson, Sarah M. Eden, or Susan Cooper would love Havencross.
Elaine Cardinham and her mother and father are running away from London. They are returning to their home in Cornwall, Haven Cross. It is on the coast and it is situated in a beautiful place. They have not been home in years. It is because John, Elaine's brother disappeared and is presumed dead. No one in the family has been able to face remaining in the area where John disappeared.
Now, because of a scandal involving her father, the entire family has made a hasty retreat and are now returning home.
Elaine is concerned that she has missed her chance to marry her ideal man. Chiverton is handsome and rich and has fallen in love with Elaine. But, she feels certain that the scandal has created a chasm which cannot be overcome. And now, she must face Gareth the young man who had proposed marriage years ago. They are close neighbors and Gareth had been John's best friend.
This is not simply a romance. There are smugglers everywhere. The taxes on most imported goods is so high that the average person cannot afford them. So, dealing with smugglers has become a normal practice. This story explains some of the causes for the success of smuggling in the area of Cornwall.
Those same smugglers have killed Gareth's father and it is assumed that somehow John came into conflict with smugglers and that is why he disappeared.
The portion of the story which involves Elaine and Gareth slowly shows that the two of them share so much of their history that it is easy to see why they were so attracted to one another. Each of them have burdens.
Elaine does not understand what happened to cause her father to run away from London. The escape has ruined their lives.
Gareth is determined to find the smugglers who murdered his father. He has been able to buy the mine where his father had been foreman. Gareth has created a new life for himself and his mother but nothing will keep him from solving his father's murder.
And of course there is Gwen. When Elaine is exploring in a cave where she, John and Gareth had played as children, she discovers a wounded young woman. She runs for help to the nearest place to find help. It is Gareth who returns with her. But, when they arrive in the cave, they are unable to find any sign that anyone has been there.
Throughout the story, Gwen appears to help Elaine find her way.
Nothing is as it appears. Everything is entwined with smuggling. Nearly everyone has secrets.
The mystery is not too difficult to unravel. But, the extent of the surprises is greater than I expected.
Ms Daines has created a well crafted story which held my attention from beginning to end.
Elaine and Gareth are very compelling characters. Both of them are loyal, intelligent and adventurous people. They are each easy to like and admire.
The secondary characters add a great deal to the story. Elaine's parents and Gareth's mother are important to the story. All three of them help explain the background and how people have come to this point in time.
I won this book in a contest by the author. I am voluntarily writing this review and all opinions are my own.
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Elaine and Gareth were great characters.Read more
This was by far the best book of Julie Daines I have read. Not perfect, but it was very engaging, intense, and still had the magic of the two main characters...Read more