House Of Shadows: An Enthralling Historical Mystery by Nicola CornickHouse Of Shadows: An Enthralling Historical Mystery by Nicola Cornick

House Of Shadows: An Enthralling Historical Mystery

byNicola Cornick

Paperback | October 17, 2017

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The wooded hills of Oxfordshire conceal the remains of the aptly named Ashdown House—a wasted pile of cinders and regret. Once home to the daughter of a king, Ashdown and its secrets will unite three women across four centuries in a tangle of intrigue, deceit and destiny…

In the winter of 1662, Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, is on her deathbed. She entrusts an ancient pearl, rumored to have magic power, to her faithful cavalier William Craven for safekeeping. In his grief, William orders the construction of Ashdown Estate in her memory and places the pearl at its center.

One hundred and fifty years later, notorious courtesan Lavinia Flyte hears the maids at Ashdown House whisper of a hidden treasure, and bears witness as her protector Lord Evershot—desperate to find it—burns the building to the ground.

Now, a battered mirror and the diary of a Regency courtesan are the only clues Holly Ansell has to finding her brother, who has gone missing researching the mystery of Elizabeth Stuart and her alleged affair with Lord Craven. As she retraces his footsteps, Holly’s quest will soon reveal the truth about Lavinia and compel her to confront the stunning revelation about the legacy of the Winter Queen.
Title:House Of Shadows: An Enthralling Historical MysteryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8 × 5.38 × 1.31 inPublished:October 17, 2017Publisher:Graydon House BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:152581138X

ISBN - 13:9781525811388

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner historical fiction! Nicola Cornick's new book "House of Shadows" will have you captivated from the very beginning. There are struggles, romance, royalty and danger all of which synchronize to make an intriguing historical fiction. Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia (Winter Queen) is depicted as devoted to her husband and maintains her royal influence and poise throughout the novel. Elizabeth's character is hard to relate to because of her royal status and as a reader we do not get to hear her opinion as much as we do the other two female protagonists. Lavinia however offers a dichotomy between royalty and a commoner. Lavinia live a life far from the safety of the royal court. Lavinia's life is dependent upon her protectors and through her diary we get a glimpse into her emotions and frustrations. Holly, the third female protagonist of this story, plays detective in the present day. Holly's character connects the history of Ashdown House in Oxfordshire for us and she is also just as complex and insightful as the other two heroines. Her brother Ben has gone missing and everyone around her seems to be downplaying his disappearance. Ben's disappearance leaves Holly feeling uneasy, she suspects something terrible has happened to him but she can't explain why and she also can't seem to interpret the sudden visions she has been having. Cornick captures the spirit of a time slip narrative. At times "House of Shadows" can be deeply interesting from a historical perspective and at other times it is a page-turner you won't want to put down until you have solved the mystery! I would highly recommend reading this whether you are a lover of the historical fiction genre or just looking for a great read! I would also like to thank NetGalley and the Publisher Graydon House for receiving a copy of this book to read and review.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page-turner historical fiction! Nicola Cornick's new book "House of Shadows" will have you captivated from the very beginning. There are struggles, romance, royalty and danger all of which synchronize to make an intriguing historical fiction. Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia (Winter Queen) is depicted as devoted to her husband and maintains her royal influence and poise throughout the novel. Elizabeth's character is hard to relate to because of her royal status and as a reader we do not get to hear her opinion as much as we do the other two female protagonists. Lavinia however offers a dichotomy between royalty and a commoner. Lavinia live a life far from the safety of the royal court. Lavinia's life is dependent upon her protectors and through her diary we get a glimpse into her emotions and frustrations. Holly, the third female protagonist of this story, plays detective in the present day. Holly's character connects the history of Ashdown House in Oxfordshire for us and she is also just as complex and insightful as the other two heroines. Her brother Ben has gone missing and everyone around her seems to be downplaying his disappearance. Ben's disappearance leaves Holly feeling uneasy, she suspects something terrible has happened to him but she can't explain why and she also can't seem to interpret the sudden visions she has been having. Cornick captures the spirit of a time slip narrative. At times "House of Shadows" can be deeply interesting from a historical perspective and at other times it is a page-turner you won't want to put down until you have solved the mystery! I would highly recommend reading this whether you are a lover of the historical fiction genre or just looking for a great read! I would also like to thank NetGalley and the Publisher Graydon House for receiving a copy of this book to read and review.
Date published: 2017-03-15

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