ARC Review: Beneath Cornish Skies by Kate Ryder


To an outsider, Cassandra Shaw’s life looks perfect. She lives in a beautiful, luxurious house in the English countryside, with a handsome, wealthy boyfriend who insists she needn’t do a day’s work in her life. But Cassie knows that something is not right. Her boyfriend has grown colder, treating her more like a housekeeper than a future wife. And her time feels empty and purposeless.

Cassandra has always been riddled with insecurities and self-doubt, but, just for once, she decides to take a chance on a new beginning. She answers an advert for a live-in nanny, dogwalker, cook and all-round ‘Superhuman’ for a family living in a rambling manor house on the rugged North Cornish coast. The work is hard and tiring, but Cassie has never felt so fulfilled.

As Cassie learns to connect with the natural beauty unfolding around her, Cornwall starts to offer up its secrets. Soon, Cassie starts wondering if she was drawn to this isolated part of the coast for a reason. Why was she guided to Foxcombe Manor? What are the flashes of light she sees in the valley? Is it her imagination or does someone brush past her? And who is the mysterious man living deep in the woods?

A beautiful romance with a hint of ghostliness, Beneath Cornish Skies is for anyone who has ever longed to start their lives again.


I hadn’t realised until after I’d finished this book that it is the third book in the Cornish Cove series.  However, the book read perfectly well as a standalone, it flowed and there were no gaps in the story.  It is well written and there are some really beautiful  and vivid descriptions of the Cornish coast, the scenery, the villages and the beaches.  A sense of peace and tranquility really shone through in the writing.  There are also some well referenced snippets about the history of the area, as well as some interesting aspects of horsemanship explored and as a previous horse owner I could relate to this.  I particularly enjoyed the references to the more natural aspects of horsemanship, such as the comments on leaving a horse unshod and bridles without bits, I found this quite fascinating.  

I liked most of the characters who were warm, endearing and likeable, David and Amanda I didn’t warm to so much and very much came across as the bad guys in the story.  I particularly enjoyed the scene in the hotel room towards the end of the novel with Cassandra which really put David in his place.  I admired Cassandra for her strength and courage in breaking free of her controlling husband and forging a new life for herself in Cornwall.  It was a joy to see her blossom in her new environment and her life slowly become her own.  It bothered me slightly that both characters were married when they met, albeit not particularly happily married, and there did appear to be a modicum of infidelity happening in both relationships.   

I didn’t think the paranormal aspects were necessary and I’m not quite sure why they were there. It just didn’t sit quite right with me in this contemporary novel and the story would have worked just as well without the ghostly sightings.  

Beneath Cornish Skies is a well written, pleasant and easy to follow book.  It’s warm and uplifting, with a sweet romance and is wonderful escapism.  It made me want to pack my bags and immediately head for the Cornish coast (when we can all travel again). The whole story ties up a little predictably but we do love a happy ending!     This novel is highly recommended if you love animals, nature and history with a dash of romance.

Publisher: Aria and Aries
Publication Date:  7 January 2021
Series: Cornish Cove Book 3 
Format:  eArc/eBook
Page Count:  230 
Genre:  Romance/Women’s Fiction
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher via Netgalley for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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