Book Review

Book Review of Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley

Splendour Falls Book Review

Splendour Falls 3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by G.M.

First of all, although I am a Susanna Kearsley fan (my all time favorite of hers is The Winter Sea) and have read all of her books, this is not among her best writings in my opinion. That being said it was still worth reading. Kearsley has a way of weaving various threads of seemingly unrelated events and people into a single tale that leaves the reader with the Ahhhh! effect.

In this novel, her background is an old medieval town in Chinon, France. She creates a mixture of medieval and World War II legends with modern day people who are staying at the same hotel. It is a mystery with a bit of romance, treasure and murder creatively mixed to a satisfying ending.

This is not a "time travel" story although elements of the past are woven in. Subtle indications of possible past lives perhaps having transcended time appear, but are never fully realized. Although not all of Kearsley's book are related to time travel, the lead into this novel kept me looking for that element to appear and I was sadly disappointed that it did not. I was over halfway through the book and still looking for that expectation to appear. However, the past itself comes into play through the modern day characters in the book.

The main character, Emily, quickly makes friends with the guests staying at the hotel as she waits for her errant cousin Harry. It seemed a bit contrived that she would almost immediately begin a friendship with perfect strangers. In spite of this, the story progresses as her cousin Harry fails to appear. Emily begins to suspect something may have happened to him....You will need to read the story to find out as I don't want to spoil it. The book seems to progress too quickly and yet after 2/3rds of the way through the book I was still waiting for the "wow" that I usually find in her stories. It does have an interesting twist at the conclusion, but was not as powerful as her previously released books to kindle. ( I have read all of her books on the US released editions for e-readers.) This book was originally released in 1995.

I usually become immersed in Kearlsey's writings and don't want to put the book down, but I didn't feel the connection as I did in her other books. I do feel the book is entertaining and a good mystery, but just does not live up to the standards I have become to expect from Kearsley's books. I would rate it a 3 out of 5.

*I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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