- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (January 14, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1402258615
- ISBN-13: 978-1402258619
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A master of gothic romance, Kearsley (The Firebird, 2013, etc.) deftly plants clues, strews red herrings and toys with her reader's predictions. The journey is thrilling." - Kirkus
"SPLENDOUR FALLS is a beautifully written tale that resonates with the reader long after the last page has been turned." - Fresh Fiction
"Kearsley didn't disappoint me at all, and this is perfect for those who dream of visiting a castle in France, such as I do. The descriptive writing, the nuances of danger laced with guilty pleasure all come together in a thrilling way as we fall in love with the scenery." - Burton Book Review
"I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this novel, this is exactly my type of book. I read it in no time and I loved how Kearsley described her setting." - The Book Musings
"I enjoyed this book very much. It was different from my normal read and I felt like the attention to detail made all the difference in the world. Now, I want to go to Chinon, France and have my own adventure. Can't get a much better endorsement than that.
" - Deb's Book Bag
"Well-written and the narrator's voice is introspective, engaging and sympathetic. " - Miss Bates Reads Romance
"Kearlsey includes all her trademark elements: an atmospheric setting, mystery, intrigue, secrets and legends." - Library of Clean Reads
"It was well written and it kept me reading and reading." - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell
"A delightful, modern gothic mystery with a romance. It's evocative of the time and place and people and filled with fascinating characters who come to life off the page." - Dear Author
"Susanna Kearsley has created a gothic romance worthy of Mary Stewart, sure to appeal to romance and mystery readers alike." - Shelf Awareness
"Visions of sunlit ruins will enchant armchair travelers, and layers of ancient intrigue thrill history buffs; romantics will enjoy watching a cynic open her heart to love, and there's even a tinge of ghostly doings for fans of the gothic" - Florida Weekly
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"An intense and gripping novel."-Winnipeg Free Press
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I had trouble understanding what the story was about until Emily realizes Harry might be missing. I thought the ghosts of the Isabelles might take a bigger role too, but the book was one long description of Chinon with the mystery of Harry's disappearance as a minor, not very exciting part of it. It wanders and there are no bread crumbs leading you through solving the mystery.
The entire book Emily builds a friendship with Paul, and they spend the most time together. So much went into developing of Paul and nothing put into the relationship with Neal Grantham-(known by the formal, full name the entire duration of the book.) The ending is disappointing and rushed.
I forced myself through because I'm a big fan of Kearsley. Do yourself a favor and read her other books not this one. She's grown exponentially as a writer since 1995.
Emily was rather reluctant to meet Harry there, as he had been rather unreliable in the past despite his promises. Harry of course did not show up. Emily became involved with a variety of people, mostly men. All sorts of mysteries are involved. Where was Harry? Where were the treasures? Who is causing the multiple deaths? Who was Harry planning to meet? Which of the men will Emily ultimately end up with?
Although I enjoyed this book, it was not one of my favorite Kearsley books. Although it is a historical novel, I consider it more of a mystery and romance novel. Unlike most of the Kearsley novels that I've read, the paranormal events played a very small role.
Best bits: All the characters in the book are richly detailed and realistic. Emily’s encounters/adventures with all the people she meets, running the gambit from awkward to touching to tragic, are all interesting. The story was well crafted and the mystery kept me guessing.
Issues: I noticed one missing quotation mark, and that's it. I am still curious about the taped violin and whether or not Neil was gone, and if so, where he was. That plot point was dropped a bit. Some implied extra-marital affairs, but nothing more than a kiss "on-screen."