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Don’t miss this brilliant #Historical #RomanticSuspense – A Cornish Betrothal by Nicola Pryce


Title:  A Cornish Betrothal

Author:  Nicola Pryce

Publisher: Corvus

Published: November 2020

Pages: 448

Rating: 5/5*




My Review:

This is a book I didn’t want to put down until I’d finished it, an enthralling historical romantic suspense, a story that had me turning the pages, totally engrossed in the whole story. Set in Cornwall in 1798, the author brings the locations and characters vividly to life in the reader’s imagination.  Although it is the fifth book the author has set in this era, is works well as a standalone.

Amelia Carew was shocked when her fiancè unexpectedly signed up to join the Navy just months before they were due to marry, without ever explaining to her why. When he was declared missing, presumed dead, she mourns for his absence again. It takes her more than a year to start to live again and the family physician, Luke Bohenna, has won her heart. However, just when she suspects Luke is about to propose, a letter from Edward arrives indicating that he’s alive and about to return home. What happened to Edward? Will he still be the same or will his experiences have changed him? Should she choose Edward or Luke?

Get ready for a story packed with intrigue, danger and surprises. Like the only other book in this series that I’ve read so far, The Cornish Lady, it gives an insight into aspects of life during the time when George III was on the throne and the French revolution was in progress. The conflict between England and France is key to many of the events in the story, including the battle where Edward was supposedly killed. It is a suspense filled story, full of twists and turns to keep you guessing and there are plenty of surprises, especially when everything is finally revealed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys historical romance, mysteries and/or romantic suspense.

Thank you for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.


Cornwall, 1798.

Eighteen months have passed since Midshipman Edmund Melville was declared missing, presumed dead, and Amelia Carew has mended her heart and fallen in love with a young physician, Luke Bohenna. But, on her twenty-fifth birthday, Amelia suddenly receives a letter from Edmund announcing his imminent return. In a state of shock, devastated that she now loves Luke so passionately, she is torn between the two.

When Edmund returns, it is clear that his time away has changed him – he wears scars both mental and physical. Amelia, however, is determined to nurse him back to health and honour his heroic actions in the Navy by renouncing Luke.

But soon, Amelia begins to question what really happened to Edmund while he was missing. As the threads of truth slip through her fingers, she doesn’t know who to turn to: Edmund, or Luke?



Author Bio –

Nicola Pryce came to writing after a career in nursing. She has an Open University degree in Humanities and is a qualified adult literacy support volunteer. She is lives in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset and when she isn’t writing she’s probably gardening or scrubbing the decks. She and her husband love sailing and for the last twenty years they have sailed in and out of the romantic harbours of the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure: it is there where she sets her books.


A Cornish Betrothal is her fifth book: The others are The Cornish Lady, Pengelly’s Daughter, The Captain’s Girl, and The Cornish Dressmaker.

Nicola is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Historical Writers Association.

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I have previously read A Cornish Lady follow this link to read my review.

4 comments on “Don’t miss this brilliant #Historical #RomanticSuspense – A Cornish Betrothal by Nicola Pryce

  1. Carla
    November 30, 2020

    Wonderful review Elaine.


    • bicted
      November 30, 2020

      Thank you, Carla – it is definitely one of my favourite reads for this year. It is one I suspect you’d enjoy, too – great mix of historical romance with mystery, family drama and detective work all skilfully interwoven into a real page-turner!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Carla
        November 30, 2020

        Now you have me hooked, off to add it to my TBR.


      • bicted
        November 30, 2020

        Well we usually enjoy the same books so I really hope you like this one as much as I did!

        Liked by 1 person

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