legend, steeped in the history of France and England. It is to Chinon
that Emily goes on a long-awaited holiday, to meet her charming but
unreliable cousin, Harry. Harry wanted to explore the old town and the
castle, where Queen Isabelle, child bride of King John, had withstood
the siege of Chinon many centuries ago, and where, according to legend,
she hid her casket of jewels. But when Emily arrives at her hotel she
finds that Harry has disappeared, and as she tries to find him she
becomes involved with some of the other guests and learns of a mystery
dating from the German occupation during the Second World War. Another
Isabelle, a chambermaid at the hotel, fell in love with a German
soldier, with tragic results.
Emily becomes increasingly aware of
strange tensions, old enmities and new loves; as she explores the city,
with its labyrinthine dungeons and tunnels and its ancient secrets, she
comes ever closer to the mystery of what happened to both the Isabelles
of Chinon's history.
In general I thought it was an okay foreign mystery tale with a smidge of historical bits. I would've preferred more historical bits myself :) At first I was so excited because Kearsley usually injects quite a lot of historical "flashbacks" in her novels, and when I saw that the historical portion would be about the Plantagenet family it made me do a happy dance. Unfortunately, the historical aspect of this book was pretty sparse.
Also the romance felt a bit tacked on...and honestly, I have no idea why these two would make a good couple other than their "intense attraction." Not my fave of Kearsley's novels...this was a liked it but didn't love it kind of situation (unlike The Firebird which I loved)!