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The original cover for The Splendour Falls (right) was taken from this painting, below, by my friend Paul Rhoads, an American artist living in Chinon, France, where the book is set. To learn more about Paul and his work you can click on the image to visit his web site.

Side Notes...

Chinon - chateau of legend, steeped in the history of England and France.


Emily Braden wasn’t planning on taking a holiday until her charming but unreliable cousin Harry talked her into meeting him in Chinon.  But when Emily arrives at her hotel she finds that Harry has disappeared.


As she tries to find him, she becomes increasingly aware of strange tensions, old enmities and new loves among her fellow guests at the hotel.


Exploring the town with its labyrinthine tunnels and its ancient secrets, Emily begins to fear that Harry might be more than simply overdue...   

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‘This action-packed mystery-romance, set in a medieval French town, shows the same deft plotting that won Kearsley the Catherine Cookson prize for her earlier Mariana.’

- Chatelaine

See my photos of the actual settings and buildings used in the book.

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