I really enjoyed the twists and turns of this timeslip romance, where the heroine has come from the past, and has to work out where her future lies. The writing is lyrical but not purple prose-y. The characters are nicely drawn, although I would have liked to see Richard given a little more depth, since he... Well, I don't want to spoil it for you :-) The love story is really nice, and the angst of Alison well written. Choosing between a love in the now, or a love in the past was handled nicely, and the ending satisfying. I will be looking for more of this author's work.
My name is Mary Seymour and I am the daughter of one queen and the niece of another.
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 timelines is very well done. In the past we have Mary, a young woman who has been shunted unwanted from relative to relative her entire life and in the present we have Alison, who would do anything to get back her son. It's a highly original take on historical fiction, and one I would recommend to all lovers of the genre.