Continuing my new blog series which allows a character from a book to have their say. This time we have a post from Janey Carhart, the heroine of Victoria Cornwall‘s new novel The Captain’s Daughter.
Wish me luck!
“They think I am mad. They wished me well for the interview but I could see the sympathy in their eyes. She’s deluded, they were thinking. She won’t get the position for Lady’s Maid to the grandest family in Cornwall. Not a servant of her rank. Not at her young age.
But I have to, you see. And I will prove to them that I am worthy of the position. Unlike the other servants, I am educated and I have the skills. And I want to make my family proud of me. You see, my parents did not plan a servant’s life for me. My father was a captain of a ship so they had high hopes for my future … but I let them down in the worst possible way.
I am going to tell you something that I have not told the other servants who waved me goodbye this morning. My parents died when I was a child … and it was my fault. I carry the guilt of their deaths all the time and miss them every day. I have spent my life trying to make them proud of me, trying to prove that I am worthy … worthy of their forgiveness … worthy of being alive. Today is no different.
Oh look! I can see Bodmin Moor. It is beautiful. I think the cart is slowing down so we must be almost there. I must not show how nervous I am and remember to thank the driver for giving me a lift. Deep breath. I have an interview ahead of me and must remain calm. Wish me luck. I think I am going to need it this time.”
Beware the strength of a quiet woman
After a family tragedy, Janey Carhart was forced from her comfortable middle-class life as a captain’s daughter into domestic servitude. Determined to make something of herself, Janey eventually finds work as a lady’s maid at the imposing Bosvenna Manor on the edge of Bodmin Moor, but is soon caught between the two worlds of upstairs and downstairs, and accepted by neither, as she cares for her blind mistress.
Desperately lonely, Janey catches the attention of two men – James Brockenshaw and Daniel Kellow. James is heir to the Bosvenna estate, a man whose eloquent letters to his mother warm Janey’s heart and whose attentions to her when he returns home set her pulse racing. Daniel Kellow is a neighbouring farmer with a dark past and a brooding nature, yet with a magnetism that disturbs Janey. Two men. Who should she choose? Or will fate decide.
About the Author
Victoria Cornwall grew up in Cornwall and can trace her Cornish roots as far back as the 18th century. It is this background and heritage which is the inspiration for her Cornish based novels.
Following a fulfilling twenty-five year career as a nurse, a change in profession finally allowed her the time to write. She has been shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romantic Fiction and a finalist for the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Award.
Victoria is married and has two grown up children. She likes to read and write historical fiction with a strong background story, but at its heart is the unmistakable emotion, even pain, of loving someone.
She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Hide from the thief-taker, for if he finds you, he will take you away …
Eighteenth-century Cornwall is crippled by debt and poverty, while the gibbet casts a shadow of fear over the land. Yet, when night falls, free traders swarm onto the beaches and smuggling prospers.
Terrified by a thief-taker’s warning as a child, Jenna has resolved to be good. When her brother, Silas, asks for her help to pay his creditors, Jenna feels unable to refuse and finds herself entering the dangerous world of the smuggling trade.
Jack Penhale hunts down the smuggling gangs in revenge for his father’s death. Drawn to Jenna at a hiring fayre, they discover their lives are entangled. But as Jenna struggles to decide where her allegiances lie, the worlds of justice and crime collide, leading to danger and heartache for all concerned.
I hope you enjoyed this insight into Victoria Cornwall‘s character Janey Carhart. If you are an author and would like to give your character a say, please get in touch with me.
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