House of Shadows by Nicola Cornick
Published by Mira in Paperback Original and ebook (£7.99) - OUT NOW
“Fans of Kate Morton will enjoy this thrilling tale” Candis Magazine
“A must-read for fans of romantic time-slip novels” Historical Novel Society
“House of Shadows delivers all that it promises” Heartbreakers and Heroes
Bestselling author and history consultant, Nicola Cornick investigates the untold story of Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, in this enthralling time-slip novel. Part mystery thriller and part historical romance, House of Shadows explores how one lie can impact the course of history. Perfect for readers of Kate Morton and Barbara Erskine.
On the eve of her death Elizabeth Stuart hands her faithful cavalier William Craven an ancient pearl with magical properties to be kept safe for her rightful heir. Craven, distraught with grief, builds Ashdown Estate in Elizabeth’s memory and places the pearl at the centre.
Notorious Regency courtesan Lavinia Flyte is brought to Ashdown House with her protector, Lord Evershot, who is intent on uncovering the Winter Queen’s treasures. Evershot’s greedy pillage of the ancient house will unleash a dark power which has lain dormant for a hundred and fifty years.
Holly Ansell’s brother has gone missing. As Holly retraces his footsteps, she discovers that her brother was researching the mystery of Elizabeth Stuart and her alleged affair with William Craven. A battered mirror and the diary of a Regency courtesan are the only clues she has, but Holly is determined to discover the truth: Where is the fabled pearl that Elizabeth gave to William Craven? What happened to Lavinia Flyte? And who is the Winter Queen’s rightful heir?
Nicola Cornick studied History at the University of London and has a Masters degree in Public History from Ruskin College Oxford. She acts as a history consultant for TV and radio and gives talks on local history and creative writing. Nicola also volunteers as a guide and historian for the National Trust at Ashdown House, where House of Shadows is based. Her award-winning novels are international bestsellers and have been translated into 26 languages. She lives in Oxfordshire. www.nicolacornick.co.uk @NicolaCornick
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