Saturday 14 January 2017

My turn for the Blog Tour for the amazing book, The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick -
Five **

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“My name is Mary Seymour and I am the daughter of one queen and the niece of another.”
Browsing antiques shops in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait – supposedly of Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better… The woman is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 as an unwanted orphan and presumed dead after going missing as a child.
The painting is more than just a beautiful object from Alison’s past – it holds the key to her future, unlocking the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance, and the enigma of Alison’s son.
But Alison’s quest soon takes a dark and foreboding turn, as a meeting place called the Phantom Tree harbours secrets in its shadows…


I love a good time slip book and this is one of the best. It differs from the normal ones in that Alison is actually from the 16th Century and is trapped in the 21st Century. It really has everything - history, intrigue, romance and really, really believable characters.

The historical detail is fascinating - I could almost smell the tanneries myself! The comings and goings of the Seymour family was so well described. The disgrace after Thomas and his brother are executed for treason and the fall out from that are explained well.

I felt so sorry for Alison and her son, Arthur. Life was so different 5 centuries ago and she really suffered.

Highly recommended!!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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