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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26 thoughts on “Review and Giveaway: Miss Mary’s Daughter by Diney Costeloe

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

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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