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England 1862 – and the nation is in mourning for the death of the Prince Consort, when a newly appointed archivist arrives at the Queen’s island residence of Osborne, enticed by the prospect of long country walks as much as by his professional duties. But his plans are forced to change as he uncovers a complex web of intrigue and scandal that reaches from revolutionary Fra ...more
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Arleigh
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
During the Victorian era, a few months after Prince Albert’s untimely death, an archivist arrives at the Queen’s residence of Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. His job is to sort documents and file leftover memorandum that the staff had already sifted through and depleted of personal and sensitive information. This gentleman, who was never named, kept a diary to detail his hobby of observing nature and it’s in this format that the story is related. However, it’s not only birds, flowers and wea ...more
Charla Wilson
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing

The year is 1862 and the place is England. To be more specific, the place is actually Queen Victoria's Island residence of Osborne House. The time is actually a dark time, because Queen Victoria is mourning the loss of her beloved, Prince Albert. This time period was really a National Catastrophe for all of Britain. Victoria was distraught and her only interest was to memorialize her beloved forever. During this time the nation mourned with her and almost everyone dressed in black mourning wear.
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JC
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Hard to say what this book is about. One word to describe this story is 'Mysterious'.

The writing is quite well done and be ready to be enchanted with tales of kings, queens, and princes. Lest not forget the woman this book revolves around which is Sophie Dawes.

A lady who walks around claiming to be she who has perished quite some time ago. The main protagonist who involves himself with birds and animals find himself interested in this mysterious person who he encounters from time to time at St H
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Diane Fogel
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: give-a-ways-read
I feel like I'm peeking in someone's diary. ;)
Someone who writes interesting things and not boring. It got stranger as it went on, but I still didn't see the ending coming.
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Robert Stephen Parry is a UK writer of adult historical fiction, bringing you stories from a wide range of time periods, from Tudor & Elizabethan, through 18th-century Georgian, right up to the era of Victorian England and the Belle Époque. Well researched and vivid historical settings combine with unusual elements of mystery, romance and magical realism. Publications to date:
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