The Arrow Chest

The Arrow Chest

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by Robert Parry
     
 

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Victorian Gothic blends with ghostly glimpses of Tudor history in this fabulous story of love and destiny.

London, 1876. The painter Amos Roselli is in love with his life-long friend and model, the beautiful Daphne - and she with him - until one day she is discovered by another man, a powerful and wealthy industrialist. What will happen when Daphne realises

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Victorian Gothic blends with ghostly glimpses of Tudor history in this fabulous story of love and destiny.

London, 1876. The painter Amos Roselli is in love with his life-long friend and model, the beautiful Daphne - and she with him - until one day she is discovered by another man, a powerful and wealthy industrialist. What will happen when Daphne realises she has sacrificed her happiness to a loveless marriage? What will happen when the artist realises he has lost his most cherished source of inspiration? And how will they negotiate the ever-increasing frequency of strange and bizarre events that seem to be driving them inexorably towards self-destruction. Here, amid the extravagant Neo-Gothic culture of Victorian England, the iconic poem 'The Lady of Shalott' blends with mysterious and ghostly glimpses of Tudor history. Romantic, atmospheric and deeply dark.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781456537166
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/19/2011
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

Robert Stephen Parry is a UK writer of historical fiction with special interests in Tudor, Elizabethan and Georgian England, Victorian Gothic and the Belle Époque. A fresh and original voice in historical fiction, his work combines reality, mystery and imagination within a well-researched and vivid historical setting. Publications to date include:

2014 'ELIZABETH - The Virgin Queen and the Men who Loved Her.'
2013 'WILDISH - A Story Concerning Different Kinds of Love'
2011 'THE ARROW CHEST - A Victorian Mystery'
2009 'VIRGIN AND THE CRAB - Sketches, Fables and Mysteries from the Early Life of John Dee and Elizabeth Tudor'

Currently, he is working on a project entitled 'The Hours Before' - a Gothic Mystery set in the Belle Epoque, expected to be released in 2015.

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Arrow Chest 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
GoodDeed More than 1 year ago
SYNOPSIS 'London, 1876. The painter Amos Roselli is in love with his life-long friend and model, the beautiful Daphne - and she with him - until one day she is discovered by another man, a powerful and wealthy industrialist. What will happen when Daphne realises she has sacrificed her happiness to a loveless marriage? What will happen when the artist realises he has lost his most cherished source of inspiration? And how will they negotiate the ever-increasing frequency of strange and bizarre events that seem to be driving them inexorably towards self-destruction. Here, amid the extravagant Neo-Gothic culture of Victorian England, the iconic poem 'The Lady of Shalott' blends with mysterious and ghostly glimpses of Tudor history. Romantic, atmospheric and deeply dark.'
Kimberly_Eve More than 1 year ago
I ADORE THIS NOVEL! I simply do! Why? Well, 'The Arrow Chest' combines all of my favorite subjects in one beautifully written novel. For instance, Gothic Romance & Mystery, Victorian England, Painters and Poets of 19th Century England, The PreRaphaelites: Rosetti, Burne-Jones, Holman Hunt including George Frederic Watts and Lord Alfred Tennyson, finally Tudor history focussing on Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Thomas Wyatt. The Arrow Chest opens in 1876 on the grounds of Tower Green, Tower of London, when struggling painter Amos Roselli is summoned by Doctor Murry to sketch the bones of three long forgotten queens: Anne Boleyn, Jane Grey, and Catherine Howard and buried in an oak arrow chest. Late one night, while sketching the bones, Amos experiences his first of many supernatural occurances that he cannot quite fully explain. Author, Robert Parry, sets the Gothic scene in tone from the start gripping the reader by the throat and never letting go until the end. Amos is commissioned by Oliver Ramsey to paint his portrait. He accepts this being a wonderful opportunity to see Daphne again and the commission might help him as an artist. They quickly renew their deep friendship discussing childhood memories over long walks around the estate grounds, by the seaside and during Amos's painting sessions. Before Amos goes to work at the household of Lord and Lady Bowlend, he hires and takes with him a new housemaid, a young girl, named Beth. As their work relationship grows,she learns the ropes about running a household and the importance of working for a young, starving artist. Proving herself trustworthy, what develops between them is a mutual respect and a friendship built on loyalty and trust. Once Daphne is back in Amos's life, strange and ghostly things begin to happen. He begins to see things, including a woman who looks just like Daphne who disappears before his eyes. Daphne takes a serious interest in spiritualism and has a ghostly meeting during a séance and speaks directly to Amos. The ghost alludes to a promise he supposedly did not keep. What will happen with Daphne's loveless marriage to the industrialist? How does Amos factor in to the equation? What will happen to Beth? Will Amos end up with his love and muse Daphne or maybe it's Beth... How in the world does the Tennyson poem 'The Lady of Shallot' mesh with this love triangle and how does it fit in to the parallels of Tudor England? or does it?.. Robert Parry's use of the language of Victorian England in his dialogue scenes felt authentic and immediately put me in the scene making me feel as if I was there. The descriptive use of tone, and humor put me at ease making me root for the couples who were looking for true love, the couples struggling to come to terms with the realization that true love might have passed them by and the couples struggling to keep a caged bird until she is no longer of use. I love a true Gothic novel for the suspense as well as the aspect of a good mystery that provides clues as if fitting pieces of a puzzle that only the reader can solve. For instance, the 19th Century Victorian England love triangle of Amos, Daphne, and Oliver Ramsey paralleled with Tudor history's Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Thomas Wyatt. It isn't always obvious but the clues and events are there and if you love Tudor history as much as I do, reading about Victorian and Tudor England together was sublime!