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Cassandra is lost, alone and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident ten years ago, feels like she has lost everything dear to her. But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra’s life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.
Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace—the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early twentieth century—Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.
Fairy tales, mystery, and family secrets – what more do you really need?
It actually took me awhile to get into the story, but when I finally did, it did not disappoint. It’s a beautiful tale, and it’s amazing to me how the author can weave so many timelines together seamlessly to make a fascinating story and mystery.
My favorite part was how every chapter was the answer to the question that arose in the previous chapter. For people who are impatient to find out what happens in a story (me) it was very satisfying, and then another question would arise and the cycle would begin all over again. It was very well done and flowed so well.
This is my third Kate Morton novel and I am a fan – the language, the style, the writing, the time period, the settings – it’s all so atmospherically beautiful, and I love every moment of it.
5 out of 5 stars. (And an average rating of 4.11 out of 142,834 ratings on Goodreads! That is extremely high, especially considering this book has been out since 2008. This is a favorite among Kate Morton fans!)