The Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley

imagesGVJ1EYLCI received an advanced copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Splendour Falls is the first book I’ve read by Susanna Kearsley, although I knew about the author and have The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden on my list of books I want to read.  I am particularly excited to read The Winter Sea as I’ve heard good things, so upon seeing The Splendour Falls being published 1 Jan 2014, I was curious.

Emily Braden is a young English girl who agreed to go on holiday with her cousin, Harry, to Chinon, France. Harry is interested in the history of the Plantagenets, I could even say he is an expert, and part of the reason he is going there is to look for the “treasure”(a casket of jewels it is to believed) Queen Isabelle left in the tunnels of an old castle in Chinon centuries ago. Harry, being unreliable, is nowhere to be found when Emily reaches France.  Luckily their hotel rooms were booked, so Emily settled in and made friends with some of the other guests staying at Hôtel de France.

There she learns of another mystery involving a young chambermaid, also called Isabelle, who fell in love with a German soldier during the German occupation. The romance ended in tragedy, but one thing that is surprising is that she also left a “treasure” behind.  Diamonds it is. While Emily is exploring her surroundings she came upon something that makes her believe that her cousin Harry hasn’t abandoned her, but he might be missing.  She started to take more notice of strange things that happened since she got there.  She had reason to, because soon after she and her new friend, Paul, started putting things together he died as he “fell” off the wall of the château. It later resurfaced that he was murdered and the person she suspect to be behind it, didn’t do it. So, who did?

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this novel, this is exactly my type of book.  I read it in no time and I loved how Kearsley described her setting. I feel sometimes not everyone gets it right, because I’ve read many books where I am bored by that part of the novel, but I was intrigued when I read this book. I could see the château, the Hôtel de France, the river at night, the sinister and dark tunnels and I enjoyed exploring Chinon with Emily. The mystery aspect made me read ahead, that I finished this book in a day.  Reading The Splendour Falls has convinced me that I need to pick up The Winter Sea that has been waiting on my shelfs for a long time…

According to my knowledge, this book will be published on 1st of January, so if you like cozy mysteries, then you should consider picking this one up!

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  • I really liked this one and it was my fav novel by her so far 🙂

    • I’m glad to hear that! This was my introduction to her and I can’t wait to read some more of her novels.

  • What a great review. I have enjoyed some of Suzanne Kearley’ s previous books and this one sounds right up me street too!

    • Thanks! I hope you will consider reading this one too, since you enjoyed some of her previous novels.

  • I can’t wait to read this one. I’ve read The Winter Sea and The Rose Garden. I also have The Firebird, but I’ve yet to read it. I’m happy you liked it, and I hope you read more of her books soon. She’s a favorite of mine.

    Super review!


    • Thanks Ricki! I’m glad to hear she is a favourite. I’m definitely going to explore more of her books, starting with The Winter Sea. I might have Firebird somewhere too…

  • I’ve read most of her books and I’m really looking forward to this one coming out!

    • Nice to “meet” another fan! Which are your favourites? I’m definitely going to read more of her books once I finish The Winter Sea.

      • I love The Winter Sea though for some reason it was re-published here as Sophia’s Secret which isn’t as good a name for it! The Rose Garden and Mariana are other ones that I really enjoyed.

        • The Winter Sea is in my immediate future. Thanks!

  • I will look for this book when it is on the shelves. I’ve enjoyed The Winter Sea, and I think you will like it as well. I know I have some of her other books buried on my Kindle. It might be time to move them up on the TBR list. 🙂

    • Yes definitely time for some Kearsley in our lives! The next Kearsley I read is definitely The Winter Sea.

  • I love Kearsley and will for sure pick up this book. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!! Great you enjoyed it so much and I hope you will enjoy her other books too.

    • I know you will enjoy it Ciska! I am sure I will enjoy the next one I’m going to read, because it’s one you read just the other day 🙂

  • I’ve read one of her books and it was such a good page-turner. Glad to hear this one is a great one. I’ll be looking forward to it!

    • Which one was that? I hope you will enjoy this one.

  • Wonderful review! Can’t wait to read this one and to meet her next month!

    • Thank you! I hope you will enjoy the read, Jennifer. You’re so lucky to get to meet the author 🙂

  • I’m a big fan of her books so I’m glad to hear you liked this one. Can’t wait to read it!

  • Oh good!!! Glad you enjoyed this one! I actually was a DNF’er on one of her other books. I don’t think she’s the author for me, but I’m glad you enjoy her writing.

    • I really did enjoy this book. Which one did you DNF?

  • I’m planning to read this simply because I loved her other book. Hopefully, this one is just as good!

    • I hope you will enjoy it! Which other one of hers did you enjoy?

  • Isi

    I requested it God knows when (I actually don’t remember requesting this book) and I was approved last week!! And now I see your wonderful review and that this story makes you read it in one day and I’m looking forward to starting with it!
    PS: this has a downside because it means that I have to read it before we read The winter sea. Hope you understand!! 😉

    • Enjoy it! I liked it, I hope to read more from this author. It is quite an easy read and you will probably finish it in one sitting too, so I don’t have to worry about the delay for our joint reading 🙂

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  • I’m glad you enjoyed this. I started it, but did not complete it. I will try to get back to it this year.