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The wooded hills of Oxfordshire conceal the remains of the aptly named Ashdown House - a wasted pile of cinders and regret. Once home to the daughter of a king, Ashdown and its secrets will unite three women across four centuries in a tangle of romance, deceit, and destiny....
In the winter of 1662, Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, is on her deathbed. She entrusts an ancient pearl, rumored to have magic power, to her faithful cavalier, William Craven, for safekeeping. In his grief, William orders the construction of Ashdown Estate in her memory and places the pearl at its center.
One hundred and fifty years later, notorious courtesan Lavinia Flyte hears the maids at Ashdown House whisper of a hidden treasure and bears witness as her protector, Lord Evershot - desperate to find it - burns the building to the ground.
Now, a battered mirror and the diary of a Regency courtesan are the only clues Holly Ansell has to finding her brother, who has gone missing researching the mystery of Elizabeth Stuart and her alleged affair with Lord Craven. As she retraces his footsteps, Holly's quest will soon reveal the truth about Lavinia and compel her to confront the stunning revelation about the legacy of the Winter Queen.
©2015 Nicola Cornick (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.
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Critic Reviews

"Fans of Kate Morton will enjoy this thrilling tale." ( Candis)
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4 out of 5 stars
By barbara on 11-16-17

Frustrating but good

The historical parts of the story that drive the plot are fascinating and surprising. Apparently the story of the white queen and her commoner is known to many but not to many but not to me. If you don’t know it don’t look it up until after you have you have read the story. I found the absence of activity by police and his wife over Hope’s brother’s disappearance to be annoying but overall it was essential to the plot and only annoying

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2 out of 5 stars
By TR on 12-28-17

Irritating Narration

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Maybe to read the book but the narrator Heather Wilds spoilt the story for me. The other narrators were good, however. The story is very slow and lacks pace. It had the potential to be very good but the characters seemed flat and the chemistry seemed lacking in some way.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the detailed description of the past. The supernatural elements were interesting.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Heather Wilds narration spoilt the story for me because she narrated every sentence like a statement. Really weird, emotionless narration.

Could you see House of Shadows being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No. The story is ok but far too slow to be successfully adapted to the screen.

Any additional comments?

Re-record the parts of the story with Craven as the narration is extremely poor.

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