Last month I received an arc of House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick from the amazing people at Harlequin publishing through Netgalley for an honest review.
House of Shadows is set to be released October 17,2017.
Synopsis: The wooded hills of Oxfordshire conceal the remains of the aptly named Ashdown House—a wasted pile of cinders and regret. Once home to the daughter of a king, Ashdown and its secrets will unite three women across four centuries in a tangle of romance, deceit and destiny…In the winter of 1662, Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, is on her deathbed. She entrusts an ancient pearl, rumored to have magic power, to her faithful cavalier William Craven for safekeeping. In his grief, William orders the construction of Ashdown Estate in her memory and places the pearl at its center.One hundred and fifty years later, notorious courtesan Lavinia Flyte hears the maids at Ashdown House whisper of a hidden treasure, and bears witness as her protector Lord Evershot—desperate to find it—burns the building to the ground. Now, a battered mirror and the diary of a Regency courtesan are the only clues Holly Ansell has to finding her brother, who has gone missing researching the mystery of Elizabeth Stuart and her alleged affair with Lord Craven. As she retraces his footsteps, Holly’s quest will soon reveal the truth about Lavinia and compel her to confront the stunning revelation about the legacy of the Winter Queen.
My thoughts: In the beginning this book confused me just a bit because it jumped straight into the main storyline and then the points of view continued to change. As the story progressed though the storyline that connected all kinds of infamous people through history, which was intricately woven into the story, I was finally captured. I wasn’t sure about the Pearl or Mirror in the start but it made for a great historical fiction adventure with a touch of whimsy, mystery and a connection to these women that is great. I gave this story 3/5 stars because it took me awhile to get into it but was a great read.