Browsing an antiques shop in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait—identified as the doomed Tudor queen, Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better. The subject is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 and presumed dead after going missing as a child. And Alison knows this because she, too, lived at Wolf Hall and knew Mary…more than four hundred years ago.
The painting of Mary is more than just a beautiful object for Alison—it holds the key to her past life, the unlocking of the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance and how Alison can get back to her own time. To when she and Mary were childhood enemies yet shared a pact that now, finally, must be fulfilled, no matter the cost.
Bestselling author of House of Shadows Nicola Cornick offers a provocative alternate history of rivals, secrets and danger, set in a time when a woman’s destiny was determined by the politics of men and luck of birth. A spellbinding tale for fans of Kate Morton, Philippa Gregory and Barbara Erskine.
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MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Born in a different time Alison is drawn to a photo which may offer clues to finding her way back home. Little did she realize the complications it could cause.
Mary has her own survival to experience. With her "gifts" she must be very cautious in what she says or reveals. She doesn't want to end up like her father did!
This is a very entertaining heart-wrenching account of two distant cousins who are orphaned and find themselves at the mercy of, yet, another cousin. Although they are forced to share a bedroom, they are very different personalities and do not even like one another... or so it seems.
Before their lives go separate directions, Mary makes a vow to Alison. They may not like each other but they respect one another and are loyal.
The characters are well-defined and are easily "connected " with. The portrayal of the scenes are easily visualized.
The first portion of the book was not engaging and seemed awkward. However, after that, the story progressed smoothly and captured the readers interest. The book progressed iun action and meaning with a very strong ending.
The Book Title and Cover were well-chosen.
**READER BEWARE: There is some profanity and a very intimate sex scene.
I offer a Four Stars rating.
This book was gifted to me with no suggestion for a positive review. This is my honest review.
About Nicola CornickInternational 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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