The Cornish Captive by Nicola Pryce

Thanks to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to join the blog tour, and to Corvus Books (Atlantic Books) for a copy of the book to review.


Cornwall, 1800.

Imprisoned on false pretences, Madeleine Pelligrew, former mistress of Pendenning Hall, has spent the last 14 years shuttled between increasingly destitute and decrepit mad houses. When a strange man appears out of the blue to release her, she can’t quite believe that her freedom comes without a price. Hiding her identity, Madeleine determines to discover the truth about what happened all those years ago.

Unsure who to trust and alone in the world, Madeleine strikes a tentative friendship with a French prisoner on parole, Captain Pierre de la Croix. But as she learns more about the reasons behind her imprisonment, and about those who schemed to hide her away for so long, she starts to wonder if Pierre is in fact the man he says he is. As Madeleine’s past collides with her present, can she find the strength to follow her heart, no matter the personal cost?

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My thoughts:

This is my first time reading a book by Nicola Pryce, so I haven’t read the previous five books in the series. However that wasn’t a problem for reading this book.

This was a book that made me feel angry about how Madeleine had been treated, so Nicola Pryce has created a character for the reader to care deeply about. Madeleine lost her husband suddenly, lost her unborn child and house, and then her identity. After escaping, she discovers that her country of birth, France is now at war with England, her marital home.

The story involves many secrets and unpleasant characters, as well as people eager to help Madeleine move forward with her life. One of my favourite parts of the book is when two doctors are asked to declare her mentally sound.

This isn’t one of the genres I normally read, but I enjoyed this book, and I’m happy to recommend it. I’ve only watched a couple of episodes of Poldark, but I believe that if you are a fan of the series, that you will also enjoy this book (and the rest of the series).

Author Bio:  Nicola Pryce trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. She has always loved literature and completed an Open University degree in Humanities. She is a qualified adult literacy support volunteer and lives with her husband in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset. Together they sail the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure.

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By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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