The Splendour Falls

The Splendour Falls

eBook - 2014
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Praise for New York Times bestseller The Firebird :

"Kearsley blends history, romance and a bit of the supernatural into a glittering, bewitching tale."-- Kirkus

An Ancient Castle, a Tragic Love, and a Web of Secrets Begins to Unravel...

Emily Braden has stopped believing in fairy tales and happy endings. When her fascinating but unreliable cousin Harry invites her on a holiday to explore the legendary own of Chinon, and promptly disappears--well, that's Harry for you.

As Emily makes the acquaintance of Chinon and its people, she begins to uncover dark secrets beneath the charm. Legend has it that during a thirteenth-century siege of the castle that looms over the city, Queen Isabelle, child bride of King John, hid a "treasure of great price." And in the last days of the German occupation during World War II, another Isabelle living in Chinon, a girl whose love for an enemy soldier went tragically awry.

As the dangers of the past become disastrously real, Emily is drawn ever more deeply into a labyrinth of mystery as twisted as the streets and tunnels of the ancient town itself.

"A mix of intrigue and adventure...in a style similar to that of Mary Stewart or Barbara Erskine, Kearsley does an excellent job evoking the atmosphere of Chinon with its brooding castle."-- The Winnipeg Free Press

"Kearsley's action-packed mystery-romance, set in a medieval French town, shows the same deft plotting that won Kearsley the Catherine Cookson prize for Mariana."-- Chatelaine

Published: Naperville, Illinois :, SourceBooks Landmark, an imprint of SourceBooks, Inc.,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781402258626
1402258623
9781402258633
1402258631
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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wongsokguan
Nov 01, 2015

I didn't find this book as interesting in the historical and the romance side as her other books.

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andreareads
Jan 02, 2015

The first part of this book is full of lovely descriptions of Chinon and the people there, with a little mystery in the background. The final quarter or so takes a much darker turn, which was not so much to my taste. As always, your mileage may vary.

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ryner
Aug 24, 2014

Emily arrives in Chinon, France, enthusiastic about a holiday with her offbeat cousin Harry, and checks in to the Hotel de France. Within the first few days she becomes acquainted with a number of the establishment's eclectic collection of lodgers -- the Whitakers, a wealthy American couple from the South; youthful brothers Paul and Simon, pausing in Chinon on an adventure around the world; Thierry, the bartender and nephew of the hotel proprietors; and Neil, a professional English violinist. Harry, however, is nowhere to be found, and his absence is starting to become worrisome.

I delayed for several weeks writing a review of this book, so the memory of some detail may be fading, but my own dawdling also tells me a little something about my enjoyment -- i.e., if it took me this long to get around to composing my thoughts, it's probably safe to conclude that it wasn't one of my favorites. As a thriller it was passable, and I admit I did enjoy the sense of place evoked by Kearsley's prose. However, the romantic angle seemed forced and awkwardly tacked on as an afterthought. Worth reading for fans of Kearsley's writing, but nothing to shout about.

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karierena
Jul 16, 2014

Interestingly drawn characters done Phyllis Whitney gothic. A good read.

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ShelleyCulver
Jun 24, 2014

Lots of surprise connections between characters and places through the story. The descriptions of the surroundings made me want to head to Chinon, France and the Hotel de France right now.

ehbooklover Dec 15, 2013

I always love Kearsley’s books and this title was no exception. Castle ruins, secret passages, interesting characters, a possible romance (or two), a mystery (or three!), and a wee touch of the supernatural made for a great read on a cold and snowy night.

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scrubble4
Oct 03, 2013

Found this to drag a bit compared to other novels by Kearsley . Still a good read.

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_Amazon_
Aug 11, 2012

Wish this was as good as her others- Winter Sea and Rose Garden. Still, a good read, with a lovely setting.

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miko123
Jul 12, 2012

Have just recently 'discovered' this author, love her characters, the plot development, especially in the ones involving time travel.
my 2 favourites are "the rose garden' and "winter Sea". difficult to put down once you start reading. (these 3 are the ones I have read so far.... have holds on others)

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andreareads
Jan 02, 2015

'You’re American.’
The long-haired youth winced visibly. ‘Canadian, actually,’ he corrected me. It was the sort of stubborn, pained response that Hercule Poirot made in the detective books, when someone called him French instead of Belgian.

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andreareads
Jan 02, 2015

He didn’t ask me what I did for a living, but then the French didn’t ask such things, as a rule. It was considered impolite, a means of pigeonholing people before one really got to know them.

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andreareads
Jan 02, 2015

Harry had always laughed at me for noticing men’s eyes. ‘I can always tell when you’re smitten, my love,’ he’d teased me, more than once. ‘I only have to ask you what colour his eyes are.’

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