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The Arrow Chest: A Victorian Mystery Paperback – May 6, 2014
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'A lovely, multi-layered novel of romance, suspense, ghostly hauntings and dreams, spiced with wonderful touches of humour and a fascinating glimpse of life in the Victorian era.' Cat from Tell Me a Story
'A joy to read ... haunting, captivating and beautifully written.' Claire Ridgway, The Anne Boleyn Files
'From the very first page, I was in awe! ... an intermingling of the Victorian Era and the 16th century tragedy of Anne Boleyn.' Charla Wilson, Book Talk with Charla
'Possibly the most beautiful realisation of the true landscape of Victorian art, and the most convincing and touching portrait of a Victorian gentleman artist.' author and Victorian Studies specialist, Kirsty Stonell Walker.
'Dark humor, bizarre circumstances and festering desires fuse together seamlessly in his latest book, The Arrow Chest, creating yet another sumptuous and slightly demonic, story.' Claudia Robinson, Luxury Reading
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- A neo-Victorian setting combines with elements of magical realism
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The year is 1876. We're in London and the story opens with Amos, a struggling artist, at the Tower of London having been called there to sketch some bones that have been discovered. It is said that they are the bones of Anne Boleyn who had been put in an Arrow Chest and buried and forgotten there along with Lady Jane Grey and Catherine Howard. While there Amos experiences some ghostly events that quite simply scare him!
Amos is a painter and has been commissioned by Oliver Ramsey, a powerful man that his life long love Daphne married, to paint a portrait of him. Daphne and Amos have been friends since they were children and had always been close; Daphne had been Amos' muse for years. He hasn't seen Daphne in over a year and he's anxious but he needn't have been. As soon as they meet again it's like they had never been parted. As Amos spends more time with Daphne he learns that she is in a loveless marriage. Daphne tells him that she is sure that her husband is trying to get rid of her as she doesn't seem able to produce an heir for him. Will he manage to drive her over the edge?
Daphne also has an attraction to spirits and loves to try to contact them. This makes Amos extremely uncomfortable since his episode in the Tower. Adding to it he keeps seeing a woman who looks exactly like Daphne but can't possibly be. Not to mention that ghostly figure of a man he keeps meeting that nobody else sees. Could it be that he is losing his mind? Then there are those strange and haunting dreams he keeps having? What could they mean? Are they omens of things to come?
The characters in this book were fantastic, especially Amos, Daphne, and Beth - Amos' maid. Amos is such a passionate man who realizes too late how much he loves Daphne. Not that it would have mattered though as he wasn't the 'right' type of man for her to marry. Daphne seemed to me the type of woman you would be drawn to with her mysterious nature. Beth was young girl when she came to work for Amos and it was interesting to see her character grow. She had no family and completely doted on Amos and in return he treated her well - more like an equal than a maid.
I found parts of The Arrow Chest a bit slow but it always picked up and kept me reading. I loved the link to the story of Anne Boleyn and found the way the ghostly happenings were woven into the book fascinating. The writing is beautiful. Robert Parry has a wonderful way with words and his descriptions of people and place are so vivid that you feel sure you're living in this tale as well. I think anyone who likes historical fiction would enjoy this book but I think it would appeal to a wider audience as well with it's haunting and dark side.
Mr. Parry has woven a beautiful story set in the dark, romantic Gothic/Victorian era with shadows and parallels of the well-known story of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn of the Tudor age. The way Mr. Parry has used this Tudor love story is remarkable to me, as it doesn't overshadow the relationship between Amos and Daphne, but complements it and helps create the atmospheric and haunting tone of the novel.
Riveting, entrancing, captivating and unforgettable!!!!
Parry gets the feel and atmosphere of the Victorian era just right and the book is lovingly written.
The characters are haunted or shadowed by the tragedy of the most famous Tudor love story, that of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII.
Beautiful woman, married to aging, powerful man, she's fascinated by spiritualism - you can see the similarities already.
I enjoyed the depth of detail, the characters and their social restrictions and the vivid landscapes described.
The bottom line is a love story, but don't be put off if you're not into romance, as I'm not a fan of pure romance books.
This is so much more and so beautifully written.
My thoughts --
I thoroughly enjoyed how the author starts the story. Without telling too much, I will say that Amos Roselli is called to sketch a drawing of remains found in an arrow chest. Chillingly enough, something ghostly happends to him. Which I loved by the way.
Throughout the story he continues to have hauntings and dreams. The details are intricately laced through the story and there is never a dull moment.
It's pages turn rather quickly as everything is so intriguing. The author definitely has a wonderful writing style. The details given were so vivid that I could almost place myself inside of the story. Not to mention, I have always appreciated romantic feeling stories. I'm a sucker for them :0)
I really enjoyed this book. Hopefully with all that is lined up on my reading table, The Virgin and the Crab can join the pile soon!
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