A Stranger's Secret

Title:  A Stranger’s Secret (Cliffs of Cornwall #2)
Author:  Laurie Alice Eakes
Pages:  327
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Zondervan
David Chastain arrives in Cornwall in a most unconventional fashion…as the sole survivor of a ship wreck.  He is nursed back to health by Morwenna Penvenan.  David had set out from his home where he works as a boat builder to find out more information about his father’s sudden death a month ago after his father left secretly with all the money the family had been saving.  His father died in a place where he was not supposed to be and if David can’t find the answers he seeks, the family boat building business could very well go under.  Did his beautiful rescuer have anything to do with his father’s death?
Morwenna Penvenan is a young widow with a small child, trying to hold on to his inheritance, but is losing the battle.  She has little money, no means to earn any and a surfeit of pride that refuses to allow her to ask her grandparents for help.  She is the target of a local group of ship wreckers and most believe she is part of the group due to her rebellious actions of the past.  However, since her marriage more than two years ago, Morwenna has tried her best to live as a Christian.  She discovers David’s battered body on the beach and takes care of him.  While he heals, she wonders what he remembers of the ship wreck and if he can tell her anything that might lead to their capture.  She is desperately trying to get investors to invest their money in the flooded tin and copper mines on her land so she can make some money to provide for her son and his future.  Does David really remember nothing about the ship wreck as he claims?
This story has a good mystery, but doesn’t move too fast.  There isn’t a lot of action until the couple of chapters with most of the story focused on the developing relationship between David and Morwenna.  I liked the setting and Morwenna’s dedication to her son.  David also was a good example of a man trying to live by the Christian principles taught to him by his parents.  I could certainly relate to Morwenna’s pride and stubborn streak!  I also liked reading about her struggles to live a new life as a Christian amidst a whole village that knew about her past; it made her character so much more realistic.
My rating is 4 stars.
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