Thursday, November 5, 2020

Review: The Forgotten Sister by Nicola Cornick

The Forgotten Sister
by Nicola Cornick 

Publisher: Graydon House
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Two time frames, 1560 and Amy is in a loveless marriage to a man who may send their lives into a tail spin and set the course for Amy to make some big decisions that could affect generations to come.  In the present day, Lizzie Kingdom is caught in a public scandal and while she wants to hide away, she is forced to confront the scandal and see if she can solve it to clear her name.  

When I read books with two time frames, I tend to like one over the other, but in this one, I liked them equally, but separately.  I didn't find the overlap for a long time and each storyline could have been its own story and I didn't feel as though they honestly affected the other until the bitter end and I wished they had "interacted" earlier.  

For me the one thing that made reading this book so difficult was the duplicating of names from one time frame to the other.  After finishing the book, I understand why it was done, but while reading it made it difficult to remember who was who and taking notes while reading the book was at times distracting from the reading experience.  

I have only read one other Nicola Cornick and there are a few in her backlist that intrigue me, so I may need to find them and make a determination on my thoughts on her catalogue.  Have you read her?  What is your favorite from her?

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 115 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Harlequin.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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