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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (30 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749040319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749040314
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Thrilling, haunting and deeply romantic' --Rachel Hore, bestselling author of A Gathering Storm

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA award winner, Susanna Kearsley is known for her meticulous research and exotic settings from Russia to Italy to Cornwall, which not only entertain her readers but give her a great reason to travel. Her lush writing has been compared to Mary Stewart, Daphne Du Maurier, and Diana Gabaldon. She hit the bestseller lists in the U.S. with The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden, both RITA finalists and winners of RT Reviewers' Choice Awards. Other honors include finaling for the UK's Romantic Novel of the Year Award, National Readers' Choice Awards, and the prestigious Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize. Her popular and critically-acclaimed books are available in translation in more than 20 countries and as audio books. She lives in Canada, near the shores of Lake Ontario. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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I read this book several years ago and absolutely loved it. Somehow I lost my copy then,like buses,found two copies at once. I will be reading it again soon.

This book features King John and it slips from past into present effortlessly with such an impact that it is unforgettable. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys history, romance and thrillers.

This book has it all and my life is definitely the better for reading it.
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Oh I am on a roll just now!! Have been so lucky to read and review some wonderful novels recently and this is no exception. Once again Ms Kearsley takes us on a journey back in time, this time to two different eras in vastly contrasting centuries. The present day is taken up with Emily on holiday in Chinon awaiting the arrival of her errant cousin who has yet to arrive. There she meets a group of holiday makers staying at her hotel and becomes swept along with their enthusiastic holiday plans until she suspects things arn't quite what they seem. The story revolves around the castle ( chateau) and it is there we hear of the tragic life of Queen Isabelle, child bride to King John. Also thrown into the mix is the story of another desperate romance during WW2 around the time of the occupation, between Isabelle, a serving maid and her German soldier lover.The historical facts are bang on target as ever and both time slip stories blend into the present day so smoothly, as is the skill of this author. But the thrill for me was the descriptive passages devoted to their surroundings which made this story so special. The Chateau, its secret tunnels and violent history are described in such detail you can almost imagine you are there with Queen Isabelle waiting for the morauding hordes who are heading her way for violence and destruction as she desperately prays for her Husband, King John to come to her aid, and alongside Isabelle, the little maid and her German lover, shivering in the tunnels awaiting their fate. I was completely carried away with this and I can't recommend it highly enough, another winner for a very talented author and another positive review for me!!
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Most of the reviews I found were so favourable I thought I would much enjoy this book. One review even went so far as to say the book was reminiscent of Mary Stewart. So having read all of Mary Stewart's beautifully written and evocative novels,and not so terribly long ago either, I thought "whoopee"! At last! Instead the plot is slow-moving, somewhat confused, padded out with casual bits and pieces that might have been of interest if properly worked into the fabric of the story, and with just a vague echo once or twice of the famous Mary Stewart magic.

Set in France, at the beginning the book is not without interest. We are given to understand that the action is to revolve around a long lost "treasure" once belonging to Isabelle, queen consort of King John II Plantagenet, but we find ourselves embroiled in the tale of a pair of star-crossed lovers during WWII. We are also supposed to sense, with the heroine, a gentle ghostly presence, but as neither of the two Isabelles concerned died young in harrowing circumstances, this particular idea just doesn't work. Furthermore, the second story-line ends up by overshadowing the first: although the author does manage to gather up all or most of the threads in the end, the first and supposedly main story finishes in unseemly, meagre and unsatisfactory haste, leaving this reader at least feeling done out of a decent initial promise. And also, since when is a "treasure", the core of a "quest", and therefore worthy of the greatest respect, discovered as it were by chance in the silliest of places? Where are the obstacles to overcome, where's the mayhem, the suspense?

Pity, because the author is most certainly capable of a far higher standard.
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I do think that this one is very different from others by Susanna Kearsley--- less 'time slip' and rather more of a 'who done it' but I loved it anyway and MUST visit Chinon asap --it's beautifully described. If you love Mary Stewart novels do try this one...
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Just loved this story,nothing horrid,just good,old fashioned story-telling.Have read a few of her books and they all have the same quality.She has a really interesting way of writing-i recommend that you try one for yourselves.
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This story centres on Emily Braden who is fascinated by Medieval Queen Isabelle. Emily is invited by her cousin Harry who is an historian, to join him in Chinon, France, for a short holiday and at the same time do some investigative work into Queen Isabelle.
When Emily arrives in Chinon there is no sign of Harry and at first she is not unduly worried as he is not the most reliable of men and tends to lose track of time.
As the story unfolds Emily also learns the secrets of another Isabelle who lived in Chinon during WWII. After the first hundred pages I was about to give up. It was so boring, nothing was happening except we were introduced to the other guests staying at the hotel. However I perservered and was glad I did. The old Susannah Kearsley came to the fore and the story moved on with speed.

The relationships between the people in the novel which eventually came out was a bit too neatly packaged for me.
Not a patch on Mariana and other Kearsley novels but nevertheless a good read.
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