#BookReview The Forgotten Sister by Nicola Cornick

One woman’s secret will shape another’s destiny…

1560: Amy Robsart is trapped in a loveless marriage to Robert Dudley, a member of the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Surrounded by enemies and with nowhere left to turn, Amy hatches a desperate scheme to escape – one with devastating consequences that will echo through the centuries…

Present Day: When Lizzie Kingdom is forced to withdraw from the public eye in a blaze of scandal, it seems her life is over. But she’s about to encounter a young man, Johnny Robsart, whose fate will interlace with hers in the most unexpected of ways. For Johnny is certain that Lizzie is linked to a terrible secret dating back to Tudor times. If Lizzie is brave enough to go in search of the truth, then what she discovers will change the course of their lives forever.

Moving between the Tudor era and the present day,The Forgotten Sister draws on one of history’s most compelling mysteries.

My thoughts:

Thank you to Nicola Cornick for a copy of the proof of this beautiful book from a Twitter competition – my thoughts are my own. This is the first book I’ve read by Nicola and it won’t be the last.

Tudor England is an interesting historical time – so many changes in who has the Crown and which religion to support in a relatively short space of time. Despite having studied Tudor England at school over 30 years ago, I must admit that I knew nothing about Robert Dudley and Amy Robert before reading this book.

I loved visiting both time periods in this story. Amy was trapped in a life where she loved a man but her love wasn’t reciprocated. Lizzie is trapped in a celebrity lifestyle where she is told what to do and who to see. Both Amy and Lizzie aren’t sure who they can trust and are looking for ways to escape their current situations.

Nicola Cornick has interwoven the two stories beautifully. Both are full of secrets, scandal, family issues and a desire to escape to a simpler life. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will be recommending it to family and friends.

Nicola Cornick:

International bestselling author Nicola Cornick writes dual-time historical mysteries that draw on her love for genealogy and local history. She studied History at London and Oxford and worked in academia for a number of years before becoming a full time author. Nicola acts as a guide and researcher at the stunning 17th century hunting lodge, Ashdown House and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Lydiard Park in Swindon. She gives talks and tours on a variety of historical topics.

Nicola lives near Oxford and loves reading, writing, history, music, wildlife, travel and walking her dog. She also loves hearing from her readers and chatting to them. She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter @NicolaCornick and Instagram.

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By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.

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