Book Review: The Splendour Falls

Why I picked it: I have only read one book by this author and I know so many love her work.  It piqued my interest.

Synopsis: Emily Braden is intrigued by the medieval story of Queen Isabelle, and cannot resist when her cousin Harry, a historian, suggests a trip to the white-walled town of Chinon, nestling in France's Loire Valley. But when Harry vanishes and Emily begins to search for him, she stumbles across another intriguing mystery -- a second Isabelle, a chambermaid during the Second World War, who had her own tragedy, and her own treasure to hide.

As Emily explores the ancient town of labyrinthine tunnels, old enmities, and new loves, she finds herself drawn ever closer to the mysterious Isabelle and their long-kept secrets.

Quick Take: I enjoy learning while reading, and since I was in the land of a thousand castles recently (Aosta Valley) I was able to envision the setting for this story with little imagination.

Before you read this one you might want to take a few minutes to glance at goodreads reviews from friends who read this genre.  So many didn't take for elements within the book, I fall into this group.  I didn't have a connection to the guests befriending Emily, and found myself not interested in the outcome.  I did enjoy the writing, descriptions of the valley, and the little girl's sub plot.

I also thought it was odd that Emily and her family didn't seem concerned that Harry was missing.

Have you read it? It wasn't a favorite for me but I'm thankful for the historical part of novel.

Rating: 3 stars
Source: Review Copy

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