Title: The Forgotten Sister
Author: Nicola Cornick
Publisher: Graydon House
Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Page Count: 401
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
In the tradition of the spellbinding historical novels of Philippa Gregory and Kate Morton comes a stunning story based on a real-life Tudor mystery, of a curse that echoes through the centuries and shapes two women’s destinies…
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.
The Forgotten Sister by Nicola Cornick is a historical mystery with touches of science fiction and paranormal. The story is told in dual timelines from the sixteenth century Tudor era and the current time along with being told from differing points of view.
The timeline in 1560 features Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, who was a member of Queen’s Elizabeth’s court and his wife, Amy Robsart. These characters were real in the Tudor era but they are involved in this story in a fictional take on their lives where Amy and Robert were in a loveless marriage.
In the present time Lizzie Kingdom is a television celebrity who is going through a scandal. Lizzie’s best friend, Dudley Lester, is a rock star who is married to Amelia. Dudley and Amelia are set to divorce when Amelia dies a suspicious death.
As someone who is always attracted to the Tudor era I was curious when I saw that timeline involved in a mystery/paranormal type of story. This was one that the dual timelines flowed well and it was easy to follow as the point of view switched between characters. This novel ended up being the type that had some of the parts that had me totally engaged and loving the story then other parts that just seemed to stall out for me and I didn’t quite like. Overall when I was finished reading The Forgotten Sister I’d say this interesting mix of genres fell in at about three and a half stars for me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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