Mini-Review: The Secrets of Saffron Hall by Clare Marchant

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New bride Eleanor impresses her husband by growing saffron, a spice more valuable than gold. His reputation in Henry VIII’s court soars – but fame and fortune come at a price, for the king’s favour will not last forever…

2019
When Amber discovers an ancient book in her grandfather’s home at Saffron Hall, the contents reveal a dark secret from the past. As she investigates, so unravels a forgotten tragic story and a truth that lies much closer to home than she could have imagined…

Source: NetGalley and Avon Rating: 3/5 stars

The Bottom Line:  In the time between reading this book and writing the review, I forgot nearly everything about this book which tells me everything I need to know.  When I looked up the book on Goodreads, the details of the story came back, but so did the feeling of neither loving nor disliking this book.  This is a fairly typical past meets present story with Amber being the researcher in 2019 looking into the life and death of Eleanor, a 16th century woman who once roamed the halls of Amber’s beloved family home.  Researching Eleanor’s story helps Amber to overcome her own tremendous loss and heal from the pain generated by the loss.  Though she never intended to, Amber also brings peace to the spirit of Eleanor who has waited through the generations for just the right woman to come along and uncover her story.   Though I am a true fan of past meets present books, there isn’t anything here that really stands out for me, nothing that would allow me to highly recommend this read.  With that said, it is a decent read and if you’re looking for something to fill your time, this may be for you.

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