The Phantom Tree
‘There is much to enjoy in a sumptuous novel that slips between present day and 1557.’ - Sunday Mirror
“My name is Mary Seymour and I am the daughter of one queen and the niece of another.”
Browsing antiques shops in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait – supposedly of Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better… The woman is Mary Seymo...more
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My first book by Nicola Cornick, The Phantom Tree, was highly recommended by my friend, Stephanie, at Stephanie’s Novel Fiction! A genre-spanning work involving historical fiction, romance, light mystery, and time travel/fantasy, Cornick’s lyrical writing had me immersed and charmed from the first chapter.
Told in two narratives, the first is the present day with Alison. A friend of hers has found a rare portrait of Anne ...more
Mary Seymour, a child lost to history, it's presumed she died at the age of two in 1550. Until the present time when Alison Bannister comes across a painting of her in a local gallery. The celebrated historian who found the painting is convinced it's a portrait of Anne Boleyn, but Alison knows better. For Alison was Mary's childhood friend...
The Phantom Tree is a fascinating read, the coming together of the two t ...more
Both of ...more
Told in two narratives, the first is the present day with Alison. A friend of hers has found a rare portrait of Anne Boleyn, but Alison knows it’s Mary Seymour, the daughter of Queen Katherine ...more
This is the first book that I have read by Cornick, but it certainly will not be my last! I am really torn on my rating for The Phantom Tree because, on one hand, I really enjoyed the story. But on the other hand, there were a few things that just kept bothering me throughout the entire story.
Let’s start with the not so positive, shall we?
First off, I have no issue with time travel books. I am willing to suspend belief and thoroughly enjoy the story. I have read a few other time trave ...more
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So this was one that initially drew me in by being described as for fans of Barbara Erskine and I have to say I agree completely.
I myself have been a huge fan of that particular author for many years; in fact, she's an auto-buy for me and "The Phantom Tree" I found was in a very similar vein, combining the past and present just so effortlessly.
What I loved about this the most was the rich factual history that was interwoven amongst the fiction.
It's almos ...more
Historical Fictional fans rejoice!
Give a round of applause for The Phantom Tree!
For those who are as obsessed as I am with the Tudor court, for those that love the anything to do with 16th century England, this book is for you.
This is my first Nicola Cornick book and I have to say this, her writing style was beautiful!
The way she described scenes were detailed and you couldn't help but imagine it vividly. The Phantom Tree is haunting and filled with mystery.
To be honest, this book had a li ...more
Ever since discovering Mariana, I've adored time slip/past life novels. I started seeking them out: Green Darkness, the Outlander books, etc. So when I saw this on Netgalley, I jumped to request it. And I wasn't disappointed.
This is the first book I've read that has someone going forward in time, and that was a nice twist. Alison, the main character (and time traveler), is prickly and determined, and I liked her for that. No spoilers, but I found the plot bittersweet, ...more
The Phantom Tree is a well-paced, evocative, time-travel novel set in England during both the mid-1500s as well as present day and is told from two different perspectives, Alison Banestre, a strong, heartbroken, young lady running from scandal, and Alison Bannister, a successful, driven, young woman searching for a way home.
The writing is effortless and immersive. The characters are multifaceted, tormented, and sympathetic. And the plot using a ...more
The Phantom Tree tells the concurrent stories of two friends, separated by time. Allison Bannister is a woman living in the present, ...more
Both of ...more
One evening in present day Wiltshire, Allison Bannister comes across a dated Tudor portrait in an ...more
I went into The Phantom Tree expecting something more akin to Philippa Gregory's writing - a court of Tudor intrigue, incredible characters and a respectable amount of villainy. While there is nothing particularly wrong with The Phantom Tree, it is first ...more
This was a time when women were owned by their fathers, husbands, guardians. Double standards abound. While the men bed anything they want, the women are then left damaged and in desperate straits.
When Alison runs away and ends up in modern-day London, she plans to go back and find her infant son, taken ...more
I think if you have a historical background or knowledge regarding Anne Boleyn, Mary Seymour, or the Tudors, this book may be an amazing pick for you. However, as the average 'layperson', the only history I know regarding this era is very minimal.
Most of this story was very dry. It was difficul ...more
Alison Bannister is a reluctant exile from the mid sixteenth century, and Wiltshire's Wolf Hall, on the run from an unscrupulous s ...more
Is this book historical, romance, s.f., occult? I don't think it knows itself.
And where is the dual telepathy coming from to fit into all this? Beats me.
I read every word but I still don't understand the ending to any satisfaction for the leng ...more
“I felt his smile. It was wonderfully comforting.”
This book got me shaking at how cute the couples are :)
The writing style was simply enchanting and very descriptive. It had a really good start which I found essential, especially for fantasy books, to be able to get the attention of their readers. It had the detail that fantasy books call for. I enjoyed the story a lot because aside from the fantasy or historical aspect, it was also very ...more
From there a delicious story unfolds of two poor orphaned girls of noble ...more
Really enjoyed. Didn't care for certain elements.
Wanted more information about the relationship 10 years previous.
How was the protagonist able to time travel? I felt that was never addressed or made clear.
I would recommend and plan, in future, to pick up more by Cornick.
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The Phantom Tree is a captivating historical time slip mystery romance that was utterly spellbinding, mystifying, tragic but equally beautiful. I didn't want the story to end, I was feeling quite bereft and emotional once I had finished reading ... signs of a good story!
The story starts in the present day with Alis ...more
Nicola Cornick has created a mood of gothic intrigue as she takes us on a journey through time to the sixteenth century Royal court and the mystery of a young girl who “vanished” from English history. ...more
Told by both Alison in the present day and by Mary Seymour in the 1500s this was a very enjoyable story combining those two genres. I haven’t read many books set in this ...more