Review and Giveaway: Miss Mary’s Daughter by Diney Costeloe

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Miss Mary’s Daughter by Diney Costeloe. This one in particular interested me due to it being partly set in Cornwall. I love historical fiction and Diney’s new novel doesn’t disappoint.


Miss Mary’s Daughter DINEY COSTELOE

Book Description

London, 1886

After her mother’s death, twenty-year-old Sophie Ross is left orphaned in London. With no money and little chance of an income, she tries to get work as a governess to avoid destitution. Now alone in the world, she only has the company of her erstwhile nursemaid and faithful friend, Hannah.

But unbeknown to Sophie, her mother instructed Hannah to post a letter to Trescadinnick House in Cornwall upon her death. The letter will be the catalyst that changes Sophie’s life forever as she learns of her mother’s romance, marriage and then ultimate rejection by her own father and the estranged family she left behind in Cornwall.

The Penvarrow family welcome Sophie and Hannah into their fold, but tensions rise and family secrets are revealed as Sophie attempts to rebuild her life and find happiness.

My Review

Family secrets, historical fiction, mystery, wonderful characters, Poldark-like settings, this book has it all.

Sophie, I feel for at the beginning, losing her mum and a few years before that her father. She is left with her nanny turned friend and no money. Unbeknownst to her when her mother dies a letter is sent down to Cornwall to her mother’s family from who she was turned away from many years ago.

When Sophie heads down to Cornwall her arrival is filled with mixed emotions. Secrets are turned out, a family mystery unravels much to some dismay.

I found Miss Mary’s Daughter a pleasant read and it took me back to the 1880’s, well written and the setting described perfectly.

I’m giving Miss Mary’s Daughter 4 out of 5 stars.

Blog Tour

Here are the other bloggers on the blog tour over the next couple of weeks. Why not pop over and check out their review, extracts and guest posts.

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The publishers of Mis Mary’s Daughter are offering one of you the chance to win an eBook copy of the book. To enter please fill in the Rafflecopter below.

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Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed this post.

*I was given an ebook copy of Miss Mary’s Daughter in exchange for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.



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  1. Natalie Abel
    2nd March 2018 / 11:17 pm

    I would like to visit Penzance and Truro

  2. Ruth Kromkamp
    2nd March 2018 / 8:39 pm

    Love to visit St Ives – never been there 🙂

  3. Toni Pearson
    2nd March 2018 / 7:19 pm

    I have heard that St Ives is beautiful

  4. Adrian Bold
    2nd March 2018 / 6:59 pm


  5. Karen Scott
    2nd March 2018 / 5:38 pm

    Lands End 🙂

  6. Miss Tracy Hanson
    2nd March 2018 / 2:30 pm

    Would love to visit Newquay again. Haven’t been for 30 years so would love visit it again. 🙂

  7. kim d
    2nd March 2018 / 10:11 am

    Been to Cornwall several times but never to Land’s End.

  8. 2nd March 2018 / 10:00 am

    Port Issac would be delightful x

    2nd March 2018 / 3:33 am

    St Ives

  10. 1st March 2018 / 8:20 am

    Newquay, I went there for the solar eclipse and it was beautiful

  11. Rebecca Morton
    28th February 2018 / 3:11 pm

    Port Issac

  12. Charmaine Dance
    28th February 2018 / 11:43 am


  13. Elizabeth Smith
    28th February 2018 / 9:28 am

    Rick Steins restaurant – always thinking of my stomach!

  14. 27th February 2018 / 8:26 am

    I’d love to go anywhere in Cornwall – we used to go when I was a child with my family and stay in a log cabin over Christmas. It was so much fun! #luckylinky

  15. Ruth Harwood
    25th February 2018 / 1:47 pm

    I would love to visit Clovelly xx

  16. Michelle Ferguson
    23rd February 2018 / 10:01 pm

    I have never been so anywhere in Cornwall would be nice

  17. Kim M
    23rd February 2018 / 5:01 pm

    Would love to go to Perranporth again x

  18. Stephanie
    23rd February 2018 / 11:16 am


  19. jo liddement
    21st February 2018 / 4:34 pm

    I’m lucky that i live in Cornwall already but my husband was born near Portreath and he is always saying he will take me there to show me his childhood haunts… but 15 years later and i’m still waiting!

  20. Rich Tyler
    21st February 2018 / 3:21 pm

    St Ives is beautiful

  21. 17th February 2018 / 11:30 am

    My husband is Cornish so I’ve spent a lot of time there, in the area around Penzance, so that’s my favourite part to visit.

    17th February 2018 / 12:44 am

    I would love to visit Padstow

  23. Annabel Greaves
    16th February 2018 / 2:06 pm

    I love Tintagel, it is so historical x

  24. Leila Benhamida
    16th February 2018 / 10:22 am

    Newquay. I never visit Cornwall but that the first place I will love to visit.

  25. Margaret Gallagher
    16th February 2018 / 9:00 am

    Truro – i have friends there

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