Friday 7 October 2016

Review of The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight by Christina Courtenay - Five **


"As the velvet cloak of moonlight settled over the ruined towers of Raglan Castle, the shadows beneath them stirred ..."

When newly widowed Tess visits Raglan Castle, she experiences an extraordinary vision that transports her to seventeenth-century Wales and a castle on the brink of a siege.

Even when Tess leaves Raglan to return to Merrick Court, her late husband’s home, the strange dreams continue as her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the past. And when the new owner of the estate arrives - New Zealander Josh Owens - the parallels become even more obvious.

But perhaps the visions aren’t just trying to tell their own story, maybe they’re also giving a warning …


One of my favourite genres is timeshift and this is an amazing example of it. Usually only 1 person experiences it, but in this case 2 people do - Tess and Josh. Tess actually experiences the siege of Raglan Castle in the Civil War, and Josh can see spirits from the time..

Wonderfully romantic and incredibly evocative of the period. I was transported to a world of fear and danger where even your friends and family could not be trusted. 

The modern day story was equally complex and I enjoyed the way the story developed around who was going to end up owning/living in Merrick Court. Great characters in both time periods and I adored the title!!

Thanks to Choc Lit & NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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