The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree

“My name is Mary Seymour and I am the daughter of one queen and the niece of another.”Browsing antiques shops in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait—supposedly of Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better. The subject is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr, who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 as an unwanted orphan and presumed dead after going missing as a child. And Alison knows this because she, too, ...

Details The Phantom Tree

TitleThe Phantom Tree
Release DateAug 21st, 2018
PublisherGraydon House
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery

Reviews The Phantom Tree

  • James
    Last year, I read another novel by Nicola Cornick and found myself eager to try The Phantom Tree when I saw it listed on NetGalley. I was awarded the book about a month ago and scheduled it for this week. If you've never read something from Cornick, think of it as a combination of historical fiction, fantasy, romance and mystery. All four elements are usually incorporated into her style and provide a very intense and sometimes Gothic read. I real...
  • Lori
    I loved the fact that this time travel story had someone going from the past to the present which I’ve not seen done much previously. Mary Seymour was definitely my favorite character and the way her departure was handled did not do her justice. I felt the conclusion was ‘cheesy’ and a huge let down given how much I enjoyed the rest of the novel. I know this sounds weird but I wish I’d just stopped reading when it started wrapping up and ...
  • Jemima
    Historical Fictional fans rejoice!Give a round of applause for The Phantom Tree!For those who are as obsessed as I am with the Tudor court, for those that love the anything to do with 16th century England, this book is for you.This is my first Nicola Cornick book and I have to say this, her writing style was beautiful!The way she described scenes were detailed and you couldn't help but imagine it vividly. The Phantom Tree is haunting and filled w...
  • Sheila
    4 stars--I really liked it.Ever since discovering Mariana, I've adored time slip/past life novels. I started seeking them out: Green Darkness, the Outlander books, etc. So when I saw this on Netgalley, I jumped to request it. And I wasn't disappointed.This is the first book I've read that has someone going forward in time, and that was a nice twist. Alison, the main character (and time traveler), is prickly and determined, and I liked her for tha...
  • Tiffany Jones
    **FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE AUTHOR, IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW.**While passing an antiques shop, Alison spots a painting in the window that immediately grabs her attention. The painting is thought to be of Anne Boleyn, but Alison knows that the painting is of Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr, who was the six...
  • Susan
    This is a time travel book, telling the story of two women; both orphans. One is Alison Banestre, the second Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr and Thomas Seymour. This is, of course, an alternative history, as Mary Seymour is supposed to have died young. However, although she is not mentioned in historical records past her second birthday, her fate is unknown. In this novel, Alison (a fictional character and not based upon any known pe...
  • Amber
    The Phantom Tree is a story of two girls separated by time, their relationships, and the search that holds them together across centuries.  It's a romance, it's a time travel story, and it's historical fiction.  I was not quite what I expected.I went into The Phantom Tree expecting something more akin to Philippa Gregory's writing - a court of Tudor intrigue, incredible characters and a respectable amount of villainy.  While there is nothing...
  • Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
    Nicola Cornick’s The Phantom Tree, while not perfect, was a pleasant surprise. It was an easy read with some fantastic elements of historical fiction that were believable and genuine. It had similarities to A. S. Byatt’s Possession but lacked its literary focus and genuine depth, yet despite this it was an enjoyable read, if not entirely convincing in its narrative.The Phantom Tree tells the concurrent stories of two friends, separated by tim...
  • Zoe
    Full review to follow shortly closer to publication.
  • Patricia Romero
    Life in the time of Alison and Mary was not good. With the death of their parents each has become an orphan living with unwelcoming and terrorizing relatives who would just as soon see them dead.This was a time when women were owned by their fathers, husbands, guardians. Double standards abound. While the men bed anything they want, the women are then left damaged and in desperate straits. When Alison runs away and ends up in modern-day London, ...
  • Jenny Wheeler
    I am a fan of Australian writer Kate Morton so a cover promo line on The Phantom Tree advising that "Fans of Kate Morton will enjoy this gripping tale" had me pretty well convinced of the story's pedigree before I'd even opened it, and it didn't disappoint. I found it hard to put down again, which I guess is the best endorsement you can have for a time travel mystery!Alison Bannister is a reluctant exile from the mid sixteenth century, and Wiltsh...
  • Kate Hewitt
    I loved this book! As a fan of Tudor history and Katherine Parr in particular, I have always been curious about what might have happened to her daughter Mary Seymour, so I was thrilled when I saw Nicola Cornick had written about it. This is everything you want in a historical timeslip--mystery, romance, and great descriptions. Can't wait for her next book!
  • ~ Althea ~ (themoonwholistens)
    // RECEIVED AN ADVANCE READER COPY FOR REVIEW // “I felt his smile. It was wonderfully comforting.” This book got me shaking at how cute the couples are :)plot:The writing style was simply enchanting and very descriptive. It had a really good start which I found essential, especially for fantasy books, to be able to get the attention of their readers. It had the detail that fantasy books call for. I enjoyed the story a lot because aside from...
  • Adele
    Nicola's stories take you on a journey through time, she opens your eyes to an era long forgotten but with her words history becomes alive in your head entrancing you in another world.The Phantom Tree is a captivating historical time slip mystery romance that was utterly spellbinding, mystifying, tragic but equally beautiful. I didn't want the story to end, I was feeling quite bereft and emotional once I had finished reading ... signs of a good s...
  • Gwessie Tee
    Brilliant loved it very much, as always Nicola did not disappoint thank you Nicola xx
  • Dianne
    It all started with an old portrait that holds the key to one woman’s past, present and future. A little dark with a stroke of fantasy, a kiss of romance and an intriguing mystery that will slip through time, THE PHANTOM TREE will enthrall readers while melding fact and fiction from start to finish.Nicola Cornick has created a mood of gothic intrigue as she takes us on a journey through time to the sixteenth century Royal court and the mystery ...
  • Ophelia Sings
    Historical novels are almost as ubiquitous these days as those thrillers which all seem to have 'Girl' in the title. I'm not complaining - the current vogue for all things Tudor and the resurgence of interest in Richard III have meant that my fondness for escaping into the world of ruffs and rogues has been very well catered for. But in a genre whose output has reached saturation point, it does take something very special, something a little diff...
  • Sarah
    It's easy to feel sorry for Mary Seymour. Daughter of Henry VIII’s widow, Katherine Parr, and her reckless fourth husband, who was executed for treason, Mary was orphaned by her first birthday. A burden to her relatives during her life, she was also obscure in death, which has gone unrecorded. Many assume she died as a child, but the speculation that she survived to adulthood presents a provocative “what if.” Nicola Cornick’s second roman...
  • Judy Lesley
    Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin - Graydon House Books for the digital galley of this novel.This is my first foray into a novel featuring time travel. I think I have the writing skills of Nicola Cornick to thank for my enjoyment of this story because she managed to efficiently address all the niggle bits for me before they had fully blossomed into niggle bits.The story concerns two orphan girls in the mid-sixteenth century who were sent away ...
  • Christina
    A wonderful tale of time travel, love and historical mystery – loved it! It’s the kind of story where you can’t wait to get to the end to see what happens, but at the same time you never want it to end because you’re so emotionally involved and want to stay in that fictional world for as long as possible. Just brilliant!
  • Andreea In Bookland
    So good! :)))
  • Melanie
    I have to say that this book was more than what I was expecting, I am not sure what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed this read.This story is about two women, Alison and Mary, who are both orphans and end up meeting at Wolf Hall. This story is about time travel so if you like that then this is your book! I will say that the time travel grew on me. It was easy to keep up with the story unlike some others time travel books I have read that conf...
  • PrettyFlamingo
    I read a lot of timeslip novels and have often found myself more than half believing in regression and time travel especially when the story is a very good one. This was one such story and it had a different element. There was no hypnotic regression and no being taken over by someone from the past; rather a 16th century woman is living in 2016 London. Alison has attended university, now works in a travel company, has a cool apartment, iPhone, iPa...
  • Valeria
    The Phantom tree, I had mix feelings about this book, as I wanted to know more about the origin of this mysteries devices and well Mary's end surprised me. The main character Alison Banister in a girl in his late twenties that when she thinks of her past she is thinking of things that happened in the 1550s. One day walking by Alison sees the portrait of someone she knew, Mary her friend/enemy who made a promise for which Alison had lived all thos...
  • Corey
    Since my early days of reading I've always been captivated by books which have a Time Travel element to them so I was really excited to dig into The Phantom Tree. This novel's story is kicked off when time traveler Allison comes across a painting of what is said to be Anne Boleyn. She stops outside of the shop because she knows it isn't, it is in fact her friend Mary Seymour. Allison steps into the shop to get a closer look and the story kicks of...
  • Melanie
    This book really struck a chord with me. This whole idea of not fitting in and being at home, really, really hit home. Yes, the story is in places silly, coincidences are convenient etc. etc. but there was something wonderful about it for me. If you like Susannah Kearsley, I highly recommend picking this book up. It had for me the same vibes, I just ordered two more books by this author ;)
  • Cassie
    Oh I do love a time travel story. It’s one of those subjects that I find fascinating and I will always choose to read about it.There are two stories here. Mary Seymour, a factual person who is believed to have died as a child, but as a character in this book who actually lives and Alison Bannister. Both characters are unwanted and find themselves at Wolf Hall. Neither of the girls particularly like the other, but they manage to rub along well e...
  • Girl with her Head in a Book
    Review originally published here: was with a start of excitement that I read the blurb for this book - I have never spotted Mary Seymour in any historical fiction before and I was really interested to see what was made of her here. For those who did not spend their childhoods memorising large chunks of the Tudor family tree, Mary Seymour was the child born to Katherine Parr by her fourth husband, Thomas ...
  • Susan
    A spellbinding story of love and sacrifice beautifully told. Plenty of action and mystery to keep you glued to the pages as you follow Alison through time to solve a mystery and learn that love has no timeframe. A must read!