The Splendour Falls

The Splendour Falls

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In the labyrinths of an ancient city lies a Queen's treasure...

1205 - the town of Chinon is beseiged by enemies of King John, and his young Queen calls upon a trusted servant to conceal her treasured jewels.

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 Isabelles and their long-kept secrets.

Publisher: London : Corgi Books, 1995.
ISBN: 9780749011826
Characteristics: 1 online resource.


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Nov 01, 2015

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

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.

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.

Jul 16, 2014

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

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.

Oct 03, 2013

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

Aug 11, 2012

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

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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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.

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.

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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