The Splendour Falls
By Susanna Kearsley
Sourcebooks Landmark, 2013. 367 pages. Fiction.
Emily Braden was just going on a short trip to France to visit her brilliant and persistent but absentminded cousin. She's so used to his absentmindedness, in fact, that she isn't even surprised when he fails to arrive on time and sets out to learn more about the two Isabelle's who haunt Chinon, one a young queen of Arthurian reality and the other a young member of the Resistance who had the misfortune to fall in love with a Nazi. But the deeper she digs into the past, the more she sees that all is not entirely well in the present, either, and that Harry's absence might have a more sinister meaning.
Susanna Kearsley has an amazing way of combining the past and the present and making a coherent story that stretches across generations. Her prose is exquisitely beautiful and creates a scenario that is haunting and yet real. Anyone who has read her previous works (The Winter Sea; Firebird) will enjoy this one as well.