The Phantom Tree
by Nicola Cornick
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Graydon House; Original edition (September 1, 2018)
Publication Date: August 21, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction | Romance
Print Length: 384 pages
“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…
The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick
It all started with an old portrait that holds the key to one woman’s past, present and future. A little dark with a stroke of fantasy, a kiss of romance and an intriguing mystery that will slip through time, THE PHANTOM TREE will enthrall readers while melding fact and fiction from start to finish.
Nicola Cornick has created a mood of gothic intrigue as she takes us on a journey through time to the sixteenth century Royal court and the mystery of a young girl who “vanished” from English history. More intriguing is the fact that Alison, a contemporary woman knows hidden truths that should have been lost to time, but how? What secrets does THE PHANTOM TREE hold? What connections does a young child from the past hold with a child missing from the present time?
Like a haunting with words, Nicola Cornick’s tale is weighty and thought-provoking as we invited to travel through time, unveil mysteries and feel the romance of a story well-told.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Harlequin-Graydon House Books.