Book Review

The Daughter of River Valley – Victoria Cornwall

Today I am reviewing a book by Victoria Cornwell which is perfect for Poldark fans everywhere. Many thanks to Victoria and to Rachel’s Random Resources (and NetGalley) for providing me with a copy of the book.



Beth Jago appears to have the idyllic life, she has a trade to earn a living and a cottage of her own in Cornwall’s beautiful River Valley. Yet appearances can be deceptive …

Beth has a secret. Since inheriting her isolated cottage she has been receiving threats, so when she finds a man in her home she acts on her instincts. One frying pan to the head and she has robbed the handsome stranger of his memory and almost killed him.

Brought together by unknown circumstances, and fearful he may die, she reluctantly nurses the intruder back to health. Yet can she trust the man with no name who has entered her life, or is he as dangerous as his nightmares suggest? As they learn to trust one another, the outside threats worsen. Are they linked to the man with no past? Or is the real danger still outside waiting … and watching them both?


After Beth Jago strikes an intruder around the head with a frying pan, both of their lives are irrevocably changed in this enthralling story of self-discovery. I will say nothing further of the man whose memory is snatched from him by Beth’s actions, for to do so would be to the detriment of a new reader’s enjoyment of the book.

Told in the shadow of the Crimean War and an ailing tin mining industry as the mines run dry, the fishing town of Port Carrek comes alive in vivid colour as Victoria Cornwell introduces its inhabitants and customs. Her description of the mystery man’s nightmares is so detailed that you could almost think that you had dreamt them yourself.

I now understand the the River Valley of the book is based on a real valley near Tintagel. I already have a love affair with Cornwall, and now it is going to be impossible to resist going back to see the inspiration for this beautiful book with my own eyes.

This book is available to buy now from Amazon


Victoria Cornwall. Profile Picture JPG  Victoria Cornwall can trace her Cornish roots as far back as the 18th century and it is this background and heritage which is the inspiration for her Cornish based novels.

Victoria’s writing has been shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romantic Fiction and her debut novel reached the final for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award.

Victoria likes to read and write historical fiction with a strong background story, but at its heart is the unmistakable emotion, even pain, of loving someone.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

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Many thanks to Victoria Cornwall and Rachel Gilbey at Rachel’s Random Resources for including me on the blog tour, and for providing me with a copy of the book. Don’t forget to head over to the other blogs on the tour.


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