- MP3 CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged MP3CD edition (26 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1982644915
- ISBN-13: 978-1982644918
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 17.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 81.6 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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''Nicola Cornick is the mistress of keeping you up way beyond lights out because you just can't put it down. Brilliant!'' --Katie Fforde, author of A Country Escape
''A fascinating tale with intriguing twists, which kept me reading late into the night.'' --Barbara Erskine, author of Sleeper's Castle
''Murder, kleptomania, smuggling, secret tunnels, and a pinch of time travel all get thrown into the pot, but at its heart, this is the story of three women struggling to find themselves and break free of the past.'' -- Booklist
About the Author
Nicola Cornick is a historian and author, and also works for the National Trust as a guide at Ashdown House in Oxfordshire where she drew inspiration for this novel. Her award-winning books are international bestsellers and have been translated into twenty-six languages. She lives in Oxfordshire.
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To begin with, the main characters were all fairly one-dimensional, and the two historical women were unlikeable to boot—bitter, scheming, adulterous, and quite happy to stay that way. I felt a little more sympathetic toward Fen, who wasn’t unlikeable so much as uninspiring. At first, her kleptomania sparked my intellectual interest, but that dwindled as the story progressed and it became clear it wasn’t going to be explored in any kind of meaningful way. Most disappointing of all, none of these characters experienced any growth during the course of the story. Their circumstances may have changed by the end, but they were essentially the same in character despite there being ample room for improvement.
The plot intrigued me to begin with, but as the story developed, it became easier to predict the twists and turns so that there was very little that surprised me. The supernatural element also seemed weak, perhaps because it was only a small part of the plot even though the entire story hinged on believing in the supernatural properties of the dress and a random time-travel “portal” scene at the beginning. Then again, I don’t tend to read books with supernatural elements, so perhaps I’m not the best judge.
The writing was okay for the most part, but there were times when it felt stilted, and it lacked the colour and nuance that can really bring a story to life for me. This may have been deliberate to some extent, as it seemed to suit the mood of the characters and the story, but either way, it’s not really my style. On the plus side, there was only very occasional coarse language, but there was also a scene with the historical characters that felt just as sullying as coarse language—perhaps even more so. Thankfully, it was brief and minimally graphic, but I often found myself wanting to detoxify somehow after spending time with the historical characters anyway. Definitely not my people!
So, not really my kind of story at all. But the author did use the word vertiginous, and I’ve decided that word needs to be used more often. So there’s that.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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2004: 13-year-old Fenella Brightwell was on a school trip to visit a historic house when she saw the gold gown and felt compelled to take it. She hurriedly stuffed it into her backpack and rejoined the group.
Present day: When Fenella's grandmother died, the gown was posted to Fen by her sister. She did not want it but was unable to get rid of it, so she stored it in a closet. However, the gown was not finished with her.
These two stories alternate and entwine in ways that keep the reader informed of what is happening in both time periods.