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The Phantom Tree by [Cornick, Nicola]
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4.6 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews

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‘There is much to enjoy in a sumptuous novel that slips between present day and 1557.’ - Sunday Mirror

About the Author

International bestselling author Nicola Cornick writes historical romance for HQN Books and time slip romance for MIRA UK. She became fascinated with history when she was a child, and spent hours poring over historical novels and watching costume drama. She studied history at university and wrote her master’s thesis on heroes. Nicola also acts as a historical advisor for television and radio. In her spare time she works as a guide in a 17th century mansion.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1169 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Publisher: HQ (29 Dec. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HX6RFQ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Sarah VINE VOICE on 19 April 2017
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In this book we travel back to Tudor times, but we follow a little known historical character Mary Seymour. Unfortunately not a lot is known about her apart from a few dates, in fact she seems to have vanished at some point. We're also following Alison in present day trying to figure out why a painting of Mary is being touted as Ann Boleyn. Their two stories intertwine with each other.
I do enjoy a good historical book, and this is a good historical book. It is in fact my favourite kind of historical, a time-slip where people from the past and future slip backwards and forwards in time. It seems that Nicola Cornick is a new author for me to start buying as this is the second time-slip novel of hers that i've read and enjoyed.
I enjoyed reading about the historical aspects of this book a lot more than the present day ones, i guess i just love reading about how people lived back then. It was awful reading about how women were treated, more as an object to barter with and gain higher standing socially rather than an actual human being. I also really loved the magical elements to the book, how Mary could see things that were going to happen in the future, and obviously Alison and her time travelling.
Overall this was a very gentle book with no great scenes of peril or adventure, although lots of exciting things happened. I never felt that anything truly bad would happen to the characters, everything felt like it was meant to be. I really enjoyed it and will definitely be reading more by this author.
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A journey back into the time of the Tudors in the company of Mary Seymour, daughter of Katherine Parr, and Alison Bannister who discovers a mysterious portrait of Mary in an antique shop. The story branches out in many directions and draws on a large cast of characters both real and fictional but the central theme is one of shared family history and tragedy. I enjoyed the way both central characters narrate their own part of the story from the past to the present and although the plot is quite complicated I thought the different time scales were well handled and read well. The historical scene setting is good and the use of well known historical characters adds depth while Alison's story adds the contemporary twists and turns. Two very different stories running side by side but as events move along those stories blend together into a satisfying, entertaining read. Nice piece of historical fiction.
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This is the first book I have read in 2017 and it is one that will stay with me.The time slip story line is handled with sensitivity and skill and I found myself equally engaged with each narrative. The Tudor world was vivid and I can still see the scenes described. I also loved the psychic element. Wonderful.
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I was expecting this tale to be something of a poor man's Barbara Erskine, but have to admit I was hooked from page 1. A time travel story with a Tudor backdrop cleverly using the unknown fate of Mary Seymour as a focus. There's also a hint of more mileage to the story, with the "key" to time travel still in the possession of one of the characters at the end of Mary's story. Watch this space?
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History and time travel meet in this lovely spun story of honour, love and loyalty. In the begining it was just childish jealousy between two orphan girls, Alison and Mary, who's lifes were joined at Wolf Hall in the mid 17th century. Before the winds of life put distance between them, Mary makes a promise to Alison that will keep them bound through honour and love for the next four hundred years. A real page turner of detective work to bring these two characters together again, in a century that none of them belongs to.
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I love all things Tudor, so a time slip novel about the little known Mary Seymour seemed to be right up my street.

I found it hard going at first, as the chapters flit between Tudor Mary and Tudor Alison - both written in the present tense - and present day Alison, written in the past tense. I also found the constant use of "he said" and "she said" when they were having a two-handed conversation a little irritating. And there are verbs other than "said" which can be used instead occasionally.

However, I stuck with it and soon found myself drawn into the story. It was very cleverly written and hard to put down towards the end, with well drawn characters.

I shall be reading more books by this author.
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I have always been intrigued by the fate of Mary Seymour but was a little disappointed to find she wasn't really the main character in the book. There are a couple of glaring plot holes - how did Alison make herself understood speaking Tudor english in the 21st century , how did she obtain a birth certificate without any record of her birth enabling a NI number, passport and driving license ?
Nit picking apart I did feel empathy for the girls , I though the Tudor sections worked better but all in all a decent holiday read which held my interest to the end.
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Being a lover of both historical novels and witchcraft and mystery, this book was right up my street. Being in the Elizabethan past and present kept the interest going and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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