Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Blog tour: Review of Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick

Author:Nicola Cornick
Publisher; Graydon House
Date of publication: March 2019

London, 1765
Lady Isabella Gerard, a respectable member of Georgian society, orders her maid to take her new golden gown and destroy it, its shimmering beauty tainted by the actions of her brutal husband the night before.

Three months later, Lord Gerard stands at the shoreline of the lake, looking down at a woman wearing the golden gown. As the body slowly rolls over to reveal her face, it’s clear this was not his intended victim…

250 Years Later…
When a gown she stole from a historic home as a child is mysteriously returned to Fenella Brightwell, it begins to possess her in exactly the same way that it did as a girl. Soon the fragile new life Fen has created for herself away from her abusive ex-husband is threatened at its foundations by the gown’s power over her until she can’t tell what is real and what is imaginary.

As Fen uncovers more about the gown and Isabella’s story, she begins to see the parallels with her own life. When each piece of history is revealed, the gown—and its past—seems to possess her more and more, culminating in a dramatic revelation set to destroy her sanity.

The Woman in the Lake is a dual timeline story.  One timeline follows Isabella who is in an abusive marriage in the late 1700 London.  The other follows Fenella who has recently left an abusive marriage and is trying to put her life back together.  What ties them together is a dress that might be cursed.

I thought this was an OK read.  I wasn't a fan of the dual time lines because I found it hard to connect the two stories with each other.  They did kind of make a connection in the end, but it took too long to get there. For me, the story would have stood up well with just the 1765 storyline.  I liked that mystery more.  In the present day timeline, I would have liked  the "supernatural" aspect of the dress to be explored more than it was.  I think it's one you will have to try out for yourself.  It's not a bad read, it just wasn't for me.

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About Nicola Cornick

USA Today bestselling author Nicola Cornick has written over 40 historical romances and now writes Gothic time slip for HQ and Graydon House.

Nicola’s writing is inspired by her love of history and was fostered by a wonderful history teacher and by her grandmother, whose collection of historical romantic fiction fed Nicola’s addiction from an early age. She studied in London and Oxford and works as a guide and historian in a 17th century house as well as acting as a historical adviser for TV and radio. Publisher’s Weekly have described her as a rising star and her books have been nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award and for the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards.

Nicola lives near Oxford with her husband and dog. When she isn’t writing she enjoys long walks in the countryside, singing in a choir and volunteering as a puppy walker for Guide Dogs.

Connect with Nicola

Nicola’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS

Monday, February 18th: @girlsinbooks
Tuesday, February 19th: Reading Reality
Wednesday, February 20th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Thursday, February 21st: A Bookish Way of Life
Friday, February 22nd: Staircase Wit
Monday, February 25th: Broken Teepee
Tuesday, February 26th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Wednesday, February 27th: Thoughts from a Highly Caffeinated Mind
Thursday, February 28th: Kahakai Kitchen
Monday, March 4th: 100 Pages a Day
Tuesday, March 5th: From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, March 6th: Jessicamap Reviews and @jessicamap
Thursday, March 7th: Jathan and Heather
Friday, March 8th: Rockin’ Book Reviews
Monday, March 11th: Book by Book
Tuesday, March 12th: Booktimistic and @booktimistic
Thursday, March 14th: Fiction Aficionado
Friday, March 15th: The Sketchy Reader
Friday, March 15th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Tuesday, March 19th: What is This Book About
Wednesday, March 20th: Wining Wife
Friday, March 22nd: Amy’s Book-et List

1 comment:

Sara Strand said...

I think this one sounds really interesting with the gothic spin to it, I can see people really enjoying this. Thanks for being on the tour.

Sara @ TLC Book Tours