Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Phantom Tree

The Phantom Tree is a beautifully written time-slip historical novel by Nicola Cornick. Published 21st Aug 2018 by Harlequin on the Graydon House imprint, it's 384 pages and available in paperback, audiobook, and ebook formats.

This book is genre crossing. There are elements of romance, mystery, and historical fiction written around a framework of actual historical characters and events. The characterizations are well done and the dialogue flows pretty well.

There is a strong element of magic (in the context of the time travel).  The parallel timelines blend well and the plotting is clear and concise enough that the reader has no trouble following along.  I admire the author's ability to blend two entirely disparate times, cultures, languages, etc, into one cohesive whole.

There is no strong language whatever. There is implied sexual content (consensual), but nothing graphic.  I found the ending somewhat contrived, but again, the writing is exquisite and it is primarily a historical romance.

Enjoyable, entertaining, and well written. I would recommend it to fans of Diana Gabaldon or Barbara Erskine who are looking to branch out. 

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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