Splendour Falls, The Paperback – 30 Apr 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wanted to like this novel so badly, because I've been to Chinon Castle and the town of Chinon in the early 1990's, but it lacked the atmosphere that I enjoyed in... Read morePublished 17 days ago by C. Mathieu
Really enjoying this story and reading the descriptions of the area the main character is in, and the unfolding mystery.Published 4 months ago by Valerie Godfrey
I could easily have put this down 2/3 of the way in and given up. I got very confused with all the characters, who they were, what they were doing in Chinon and then got to the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jetoben
I ove this author, I've read all her books and can't wait for the next title to be published. This one doesn't disappoint.Published 9 months ago by Liz Tipping
Warmed to characters. But not quite as good as previous books read by this author. Still good read thoughPublished 12 months ago by di
Susanna Kearsley at her best. History accurate as always.