A Castaway in Cornwall

Reviewed by:

Edna Johnson, Faith Baptist Church, Winfield, IL



A Castaway in Cornwall


Julie Klassen


Bethany House







378 pages


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, the mysterious man might provide her only chance to discover the truth about her parent’s fate. With danger pursuing them from every side, and an unexpected attraction growing between them will Laura ever find the answers she seeks?


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Older teens and adults

Christian Impact:

Strong Christian impact

Other Notes:

This is a different look at British history, not the usual lords and ladies. You find the English smuggling also to avoid paying taxes. It also has a look at the British and French engagements differing from others.

A Castaway in Cornwall

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