The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

Thank you to Harlequin UK and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book.

The Blurb ( Courtesy of Amazon )

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…

This is a unique book and it’s the first one I have read about time travel. Fluctuating between the 1500’s and present day it follows the life of Mary Seymour and Alison and the tragedies they faced at such a young age.

It is an interesting story told from some beautiful settings and also gives you an insight into how our ancestors, as such lived in those days. The other characters make the book for me. Will Fenner and is dangerous mother. The lovely Thomas Fenner who was in the story all along but whom we only meet towards the end.

And of course, not forgetting Adam in the present day, a young historian bound by his love his Alison. She in turn loves him back but is on a quest to get back to the time she left behind and to find her son who was so cruelly taken from her.

This book is heart-breaking but poignant in equal measure. It will have you hooked to each page. Simply unputdownable.

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