The [enchanting] Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

“I felt his smile. It was wonderfully comforting.”



Edition: Oher Format

Publishing Date: December 29, 2016

Publisher: HQ

Genre: Historical Fiction, Science Fiction (Time Travel), Fantasy, Mystery

ISBN: 9781525805998

Goodreads Rating: 4.14

My Rating: 3.85


“My name is Mary Seymour and I am the daughter of one queen and the niece of another.”

Browsing antiques shops in Wiltshire, Alison Bannister stumbles across a delicate old portrait – supposedly of Anne Boleyn. Except Alison knows better… The woman is Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 as an unwanted orphan and presumed dead after going missing as a child.

The painting is more than just a beautiful object from Alison’s past – it holds the key to her future, unlocking the mystery surrounding Mary’s disappearance, and the enigma of Alison’s son.

But Alison’s quest soon takes a dark and foreboding turn, as a meeting place called the Phantom Tree harbours secrets in its shadows…





~ The writing style was simply enchanting and very descriptive. It had a really good start which I found essential, especially for fantasy books, to be able to get the attention of their readers. It had the detail that fantasy books call for.

I enjoyed the story a lot because aside from the fantasy or historical aspect, it was also very amusing and not boring. It did not really have the very strong fantasy vibe I was expecting at the start of the book.


Though it was a creative idea to make the plots at different eras, it was one of the things I thought was unnecessary for the book. I think I would have enjoyed it more if they stuck to the earlier eras. The back and forth of eras did not appeal to my reading style.


And from what I remember, we were not even given a specific date. . .

it was merely written as “present time” so I imagine it in the contemporary world. It was not a bad portrayal however, words were chosen carefully to fully depict to the readers the timeline.


Aside from that, the other elements in the story fit the theme perfectly for me. What I like with historical fiction is how they can show us a different side to things. It made me see the life of novelty differently.



This book got me shaking at how cute the couples are 🙂

“There was love, and teasing and all the reassurances that I remembered. It made me want to cry all over again.”

I love the relationships of the characters because a lot of them were relatable.

some of my favorite tropes were here so I may be a little bias hehe

“I was just a girl, in love with being in love.”

I cannot get over the couples in the story !!! They were just so endearing. I just had to keep on reading to know what would become of them in the end.

there were also prominent familial relationships which I always like seeing in fantasy books. This very different world suddenly makes it more relatable with the aspect of family.



~ As I said earlier, though I like most of the themes that were in this book and they fit the fantasy genre, there were still some themes that I was not a fan of which was the main reason for my 3-star rating. The book did not put me in the mood for it and I just wasn’t ready.



It was mostly an enjoyable read and I had a really hard time rating this because it had one of the most enchanting writing styles I have come across but the plot just really did not call out to me.

Historical Fiction readers might love this since the writing style seemed genuine and, in general, it had a little bit of everything.









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