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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Originally published outside the United States in 1995, Susanna

Originally published outside the United States in 1995, Susanna Kearsley's novel, The Splendour Falls will now be available in the U.S. Readers will be enchanted by Kearsley's ability to flow smoothly between the past and the present using time/shift and paranormal elem...
Originally published outside the United States in 1995, Susanna Kearsley's novel, The Splendour Falls will now be available in the U.S. Readers will be enchanted by Kearsley's ability to flow smoothly between the past and the present using time/shift and paranormal elements at will. This is a novel about a long lost love, a missing treasure and how a woman from the present uncovers the dark secrets surrounding it. Part romance, part mystery, this novel will appeal to readers of both genre's. With a strong sense of setting and unparalleled attention to detail, this is one readers won't soon forget. 

What I liked:

The tone of this book from the very beginning is magical. From the beautiful setting of Chinon, France to the emotionally charged relationships, there is a feeling of enchantment, almost like a fairy tale of sorts. That atmosphere permeated the book giving it a mystical quality that will captivate the reader. Kearsley writing in this book is similar to Susan Erskine who uses paranormal elements and time/shift in her books as well to create a strong sense of time standing still.

Kearsley's attention to detail is remarkable in this book. It is really a feast for the senses. Readers will be able to see the magical beauty of Chinon through Kearsley's words, they will be able to almost touch the face of another character. It is the little things like that, that make a book like this one, enjoyable and different from the norm. I thought Kearsley did a fantastic job of describing Chinon and it's famous castle both in the past and the present. It gives the reader a feeling of nostalgia, like perhaps they visited this place in another life. Quite a feat!

The historical aspects of the book were also a joy to read. From Queen Isabella in the thirteenth century to the second Isabella, each historical figure was drawn with a strong sense of who they were, in history and as characters in the book and the meshed so well it was hard to tell where history ended and fiction began. Being a former history major myself, I enjoyed Kearsley tidbits of information on the times and customs and what was going on in the world in contrast to the present. 

I also enjoyed the relationships between the main character, Emily and Paul and Neil. I was really unsure which one of these men she would end up with, but in the end I was satisfied with her choice and how things played out. Kearsley did a great job of showing the pros and cons for each and how Emily struggled with love due to the divorce of her parents. Emily was a very well written main character and her choices were always governed by the way Kearsley wrote her, she didn't do uncharacteristic things or stray from who she was written to be, another hallmark of a good author.

What I didn't like:

There were a few moments when I felt like Kearsley was rambling or trying to fill in time in some particular scene or the other. It wasn't completely distracting, but it did give me a few moments where I wished things would speed up and get to the good part. The pacing was just a tick off here and there.

Bottom Line:

I enjoyed this book very much. It was different from my normal read and I felt like the attention to detail made all the difference in the world. Now, I want to go to Chinon, France and have my own adventure. Can't get a much better endorsement than that.

posted by Justpeachy1 on January 3, 2014

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

I have enjoyed reading Susanna Kearsley's books for several year

I have enjoyed reading Susanna Kearsley's books for several years. While "Splendour Falls" is well written as her other books, the plot is slow and weak. In reading the dedication, it appears this is her first book just re-released. That may explain the plo...
I have enjoyed reading Susanna Kearsley's books for several years. While "Splendour Falls" is well written as her other books, the plot is slow and weak. In reading the dedication, it appears this is her first book just re-released. That may explain the plodding first 250 or so pages. I felt like I was being taken back over again and again the same ground without knowing what the real story was about. I still haven't figured out where the title of the book came from.

posted by JacksonvilleReader on January 2, 2014

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  • Posted May 9, 2014

    Interesting Story but Lacked Tension

    I liked the set up of this novel but I think it would have been better suited if it had been more in Kearsley's romantic history style with more flashbacks. The synopsis makes you think that the focus is going to be on the history of the two Isabelles with equal time shared between the past and the present. However this strives to be more of a mystery/suspense novel and the tension just wasn't there for me.

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