Title: The Phantom Tree
Author: Nicola Cornick
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy,Mystery
“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…
Historical Fictional fans rejoice!
Give a round of applause for The Phantom Tree!
For those who are as obsessed as I am with the Tudor court, for those that love the anything to do with 16th century England, this book is for you.
This is my first Nicola Cornick book and I have to say this, her writing style was beautiful!
The way she described scenes were detailed and you couldn’t help but imagine it vividly. The Phantom Tree is haunting and filled with mystery.
To be honest, this book had a little bit of everything: romance, probability of fear and wonderment, mystery, a sense of danger, time travel, hurdles of a woman in that era.
I will say this, this is not the best historical fiction out there but I absolutely enjoyed Nicola’s writing style. The way she has written this book, it was like she had woven a spell on readers..making you feel like as if the Fictional ‘facts’ were real and genuine.
I admit I Googled the hell out of the people who inspired the characters that were mentioned in this book.
The Phantom Tree is primarily a romance novel, and by the end I honestly felt a sense of bitter sweet contentment.
Highly recommend it!