On Sale: Dec 24, 2018

House of Shadows (Paperback)

  • by Nicola Cornick


The wooded hills of Oxfordshire conceal the remains
of the aptly named Ashdown House—a wasted pile
of cinders and regret. Once home to the daughter
of a king, Ashdown and its secrets will unite
three women across four centuries in a tangle
of intrigue, deceit and destiny

In the winter of 1662, Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, is on
her deathbed. She entrusts an ancient pearl, rumored to have magic power, to her faithful cavalier William Craven for safekeeping.
In his grief, William orders the construction of Ashdown Estate
in her memory and places the pearl at its center.

One hundred and fifty years later, notorious courtesan Lavinia Flyte hears the maids at Ashdown House whisper of a hidden treasure,
and bears witness as her protector Lord Evershot—desperate
to find it—burns the building to the ground.

Now a battered mirror and the diary of a Regency courtesan are
the only clues Holly Ansell has to finding her brother, who has
gone missing researching the mystery of Elizabeth Stuart and
her alleged affair with Lord Craven. As she retraces his footsteps, Holly’s quest will soon reveal the truth about Lavinia and compel
her to confront the stunning revelation about the legacy of the
Winter Queen.