The Phantom Tree

The Phantom Tree

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"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."--
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Graydon House,, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9781525805998
Characteristics: 375 pages ; 21 cm

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ArapahoeKristy Aug 22, 2019

I enjoyed this story with its own twist on history. Time travel, romance, mystery, and likable characters kept me interested all the way through.

RomanceAddict Jul 25, 2019

Review excerpt: "I loved Mary and Alison, but I wanted more of the future, because the possibilities were so tantalizing. If you like historical fiction with strong romantic elements, time slippage, and a large, complex mystery, you will really like this book. But like we said, make sure you have time (ha, ha) set aside to read it, because you won’t be able to put it down."

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/the-phantom-tree-by-nicola-cornick/

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Brontina66
Mar 30, 2019

What an interesting, original book! I enjoyed every page, I have to say. First of all, I liked that idea that the story was also about Mary Seymour, the lost daughter of Queen Katherine Parr and Thomas Seymour. I say "lost" because very little is known about her and it is generally believed that she died very young. In this book, the author attempts to give us Mary's story, a story full of fantasy. Time travel, loss, love, friendship, arrogance and cruelty are all elements here and - although the end was not what I was hoping for - they make a great story. Mary herself is described as a very spirited young girl, who has to survive in a man's world, while her friend is in a way more adventurous - but enough, I don't want to spoil the story for you, just go ahead and read this beautiful book.

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amatrixlibrorum
Jun 13, 2018

An intriguing time travel historical fiction mystery.

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