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The Secrets of Saffron Hall

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Two women. Five centuries apart.
One life-changing secret about to be unearthed…

New bride Eleanor impresses her husband by growing saffron, a spice more valuable than gold. His reputation in Henry VIII’s court soars – but fame and fortune come at a price, for the king’s favour will not last forever…

When Amber discovers an ancient book in her grandfather’s home at Sa
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 6th 2020 by Avon
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May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoy dual timeline stories and while this had some good things about it, I still felt a little dissatisfied.
First, the good...the writing is fairly well done and I liked the premise and the leads. The author did a good job of letting us get to know both of them. She also did a very good job of bringing the setting and other characters to life.
Now the not-so-good....While learning about saffron was interesting, it got to be very repetitive. Also, Eleanor, at the end professes such d
Amanda Hupe
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads, netgalley
Thank you NetGalley, Clare Marchant, and Avon books for the opportunity to read this book!

I love Tudor history. Who doesn’t? It is such an intriguing time period to study. The Secrets of Saffron Hall by Clare Marchant is a dual timeline that takes place during the reign of Henry VIII and also the year 2019. In 2019, Amber is staying with her Grandfather at his old home called Saffron Hall. She is archiving his massive book collection, even though the real reason she is there is to try to deal wi
Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Many thanks to Net Galley, Avon Books UK and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.

To begin with, that gorgeous cover that had me requesting the book without even checking the blurb. And then my favorite genre of dual time story that had me in heaven.

The Secrets of Saffron Hall is the story of 2 women spanning centuries who fights against unbearable grief and then learn to live with that pain making them that much stronger and tougher to fac
Louise Wilson
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Two women. Five centuries apart. 1538: New bride Eleanor impresses her husband by growing saffron, a spice more valuable than gold. His reputation in Henry VIII's court soars- but fame and fortune come at a price, for the Kings favour will not last forever.

2019: when Amber discovers an ancient book in her grandfather's home at Saffron Hall, the contents reveal a dark secret from the past. As she investigates, she unravels a forgotten tragic story.

Amber is grieving the stillbirth of her daughte
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This mysterious, dual-narrative fiction captured my imagination from the beginning. From the intriguing prologue to the beautiful cover, this book had everything I needed for a five-star read.

Set in Tudor England, I have always been interested in this period of history. As Eleanor is shipped off to an arranged marriage, she learns very quickly that her older husband is forever absent, spending time in London to earn favour with King Henry VIII. Eleanor is like a spoilt child in the early stages
Trish at Between My Lines
3.5 stars

I wanted to read The Secrets of Saffron Hall by Clare Marchant because I love books about secrets and the Tudor setting is one I can never bypass. So I’m glad to report that it delivered the goods on both those topics.

Thanks to HarperCollins UK for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.


This book covered two time periods – 1538 an
Fiction Addition Angela
The secrets of saffron hall is a lovely historical story set in two time lines. The 1500's when the King was Henry of many wives and modern day time. There are links between Saffron Hall in tudor times when Eleanor was the mistress and when Amber is living there temporarily with her Grandfather following the loss of her baby.
While grieving and trying to keep herself busy Amber discovers an old book of hours with latin incsriptions referring to Eleanor's life and her children, one in particularly
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely incredible and moving. Every time I picked up “The Secrets of Saffron Hall” I was whisked away, and went on an amazing and emotional journey. ⁣

This is the first book I have read by Clare Marchant, and I hope there will be many more! Her writing is beautiful and vivid, and she truly knows how to bring the worlds to life. She seamlessly blends history and fiction. The way she unfolds and connects the layers of these stories is brilliant. As the reader, I was drawn in from
Adi Rocks Socks
3.5 stars for the story
5 stars for the narration.

While I breathe, I hope.

Secrets of Saffron Hall is an interesting tale which chronicles the lives of two women who are born five centuries apart, but face the same tragedy. We have Eleanor, a saffron cultivator from 1538, married to a merchant who’s quickly rising in Henry VIII’s court, and Amber, a historian from 2019, who’s back at her ancestral home to recover from a personal tragedy.

Told from the point of view of these two women, we get to
Julie Morris
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a dual timeline story, following the lives of two women living a quincentenary apart, but with a thread of shared experience that somehow binds them across the centuries. In the early sixteenth century, Eleanor is a young girl, reluctantly married but making a go of her new life at her husband’s grand house in Norfolk, growing saffron to increase his fortunes. It is a time of great upheaval in the country, as Henry VIII enacts the Act of Supremacy and begins to dissolve the monasteries. ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Secrets of Saffron Hall is an intensely gripping, emotional read, that kept me turning the pages until the early hours of the morning. In the present, the heroine’s grief is almost visceral – the reader feels her loss as keenly as she does herself, wanting her to heal but not knowing if it’s possible. And the scenes in the past were beautifully depicted. It made me feel as though I was really there, living under the shadow of cruel, capricious Henry VIII, who looms large throughout. The fear ...more
Liz Fenwick
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This split time novel was extremely well done and very interesting. The historical time period was set in England in the 1500's. The connection to the modern time period was the same castle, Saffron Hall. In the 1500's, Greville and Eleanor, a second wife, maintained the Hall. Eleanor grew Saffron from which the hall got its name. In the contemporary thread, Amber's grandfather was the owner of Saffron Hall. The second connection was that both Amber and Eleanor lost daughters at childbirth.

Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
You would think that as a seasoned reader I would be impervious to a great cover but this book is proof that I am not. I think I took one look at the cover and I had to have it. I did realise that in addition to a gorgeous cover (check), it was dual timeline (check) and also that it featured an old house with secrets (check check).

When Amber returns to her grandfather's home, Saffron Hall, it is in theory to catalogue his massive book collection. It actuality, it is a place that she is retreatin
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
What a magnificent story.

The author has written this book with a truly fascinating amount of depth to the settings, the characters and the historical facts. Every time I picked it up I was immediately transported into the worlds of Eleanor and Amber. My heart is still thumping at the race to finish it this morning! It is going to stay with me for a long time.

The story is written along two timelines, in the 1500’s with Henry XIII on the throne we enter the life of Eleanor who at 17 has lost her f
Alexis (hookedtobooks)
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Avon Books and Netgalley for my copy of this book!
I loved this book so much! I love a dual timeline historical fiction, and this book takes place during my favourite time period- Tudor England! This also included a bit of historical mystery, which I love!
I was immersed in the story of both the main characters-Amber and Eleanor. Amber is dealing with grief and goes to live with her grandfather in Saffron Hall to help catalogue his collection of books so that she can get away and ta
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely book about uncovering secrets of the past. Both the story lines in the present and the past were enjoyable to read and I like how things came togehter. There is both sadness and happiness. I'd love if this book would have a sequel. I am wondering what happened after the diary finished. I'll certainly read more by this author!
Claire P
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow ! what a beautifully written debut novel .

I loved how the story wove between each of the women throughout the book between the different time lines . I throughly enjoyed the story . I do not usually read historical fiction but this was highly recommended to me and I am so pleased to have read it
I will be very interested to read more by Clare Marchant
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
This book was amazing. Firstly, my favourite genre of a dual timeline, coupled with being set close to where I live. Add in an excellent story line and two characters that are instantly engaging and you have a winner for me. I loved the historical element set in the reign of Henry VIII, the insight into growing of Saffron and dissolution of the monasteries. I thoroughly recommend this book.
Jenni Keer
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stunning debut. Beautiful prose and fabulous concept. Particularly adored Eleanor's story and learning about the growing of Saffron. Highly recommend.
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2020
I love this cover! This book has dual time lines and I thought each one was interesting. The story was heartbreakingly sad at times. It’s also a story of hope too.
I really enjoyed the story and think historical fiction fans will like it too.
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was drawn to The Secrets of Saffron Hall because I enjoy historical novels. I was intrigued that the story is set in two different time lines, the 1500s, during the rule of Henry VIII and present day. I learned a lot about saffron and found the historical aspect very interesting. The day-to-day life of Eleanor as mistress of Saffron Hall and how she nutured and grew the spice was detailed and informative. The author researched her material well. I loved reading Eleanor's development as a chara ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
First, thank you NetGalley, Clare Marchant, and Avon Books UK for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!

To be honest, I wanted to read this book solely because of the gorgeous cover. Didn't read a single word of the blurb. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see it's composed of two things I adore in a good read: Tudor history and a dual timeline. The story follows Eleanor in the time of Henry VIII (which honestly, already tells us something terrible is going to happen
Chandrima Ghosh
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Before anything else, I want to wish our author Clare Marchant good luck for her upcoming book. 

Now about the book:

Well, this book is about two beautiful women, Elenor and Amber. But both of them belong from two different centuries! 1538 and 2019. Elenor’s story starts in 1538 at a village in england, when she was 17 years old. After her beloved father’s death, her cousin fixed her marriage to a rich older and widowed man Greville who works for the king(merchant) without asking her state of mind
Anne Wolfe
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This book could almost have been written by one of my favorite authors of this genre, Suzannah Kearsley. Like many of Kearsley's books, The Secrets of Saffron Hall is split between the present and the distant past. There are mystical links between the narrator in the present and the one in the mid-1500's during the reign of Henry VIII.

Aside from the similarity in style, Marchant's book would have fared a lot better if it had had judicious editing. There are many grammatical errors, like "...push
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of dual time period novels, especially set in Tudor times. This was a wonderful addition to the genre. I first saw it advertised on a Facebook group page for historical and time slip novels that I belong to and then was delighted to see it as a pick on Netgalley.

This is the 1st novel that I have read of Clare Marchant, but will not be the last. The story follows Amber in the present. She is assisting her grandfather with the cleaning of the family home, Saffron Hall and mourning
I absolutely loved everything about this audiobook, the story, the characters, the setting and the narration.

I love historical fiction and this was perfect. I loved following Eleanor’s story in the 1500s. I don’t know an awful lot about that period, except of course how fickle Henry VIII was towards his wives and anybody else who might possibly have offended him. It was dangerous time to be a Roman Catholic and to be an up and coming merchant in his court! I loved the descriptions of Eleanor’s l
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book, netgalley
I listened to this on audiobook for the most part whilst up and about, although I did swap to reading it on ebook in the evening whilst curled up on the sofa.

Oh how I do love a historical fiction story with a dual timeline involved, although I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t usually go for stories that are as far back in history as the sixteenth century, but alas sometimes change can be good and it certainly was in this case.

It didn't take me long to be drawn into the stories of that of E
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was an outstanding , beautifully written,emotionally charged and unforgettable first book by Clare Marchant.
With a dual time , past to present storyline revolving around the characters of Eleanor, in the turbulent Tudor England of Henry VIII and Amber in the modern day ,both women linked by tragic circumstances that have parallels between the two timelines.
The characters were well defined and you could relate to the turmoil of both women.
Amber is suffering after the loss of her Daughter
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