Book Review: The Secrets of Saffron Hall by Clare Marchant

August 19, 2020 Book review 0 ★★★½

I wanted to read The Secrets of Saffron Hall by Clare Marchant because I love books about secrets and the Tudor setting is one I can never bypass. So I’m glad to report that it delivered the goods on both those topics.

Thanks to HarperCollins UK for giving me for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration. As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Book Review: The Secrets of Saffron Hall by Clare MarchantThe Secrets of Saffron Hall by Clare Marchant
Published by HarperCollins UK on August 6, 2020
Genres: Historical, Tudor
Pages: 400
Format: Audiobook
Source: NetGalley
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Two women. Five centuries apart.One life-changing secret about to be unearthed...

1538 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 favor 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...

AUDIOBOOK Historical Tear Jerker

My Thoughts on The Secrets of Saffron Hall

This book covered two time periods – 1538 and 2019 – and I can’t deny that the one I was really invested in was 1538. The modern day timeline and plot was well handled but didn’t overly appeal to me, and I was always happier when in the 1538 storyline.

The Tudor setting felt very unique to me, as it dealt with the life of a woman whose husband lived at court. Any other book I’ve read during this setting has revolved around life at court. So it was really interesting to see it from another angle.

I enjoyed the detail of everyday life, and how the saffron fitted in to the picture. And there were heart-pounding and heart-rendering moments where I felt in the thick of the action. Knowing what we do about Henry the 8ths volatility, I felt nervous as Eleanor waited for updates for her husband. Especially when he was making all the wrong friends at court.

I listened to the audiobook and thought the narrator had a very pleasant voice. Her voice fit well with both main characters and really brought them to life. Plus her delivery at tense moments increased the jittery atmosphere.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, however my rating would have been higher if I had enjoyed both timelines equally. But I loved the Tudor setting and the element to anxiety that had me listening as often as I could.

Rating Report
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Overall: three-half-stars

Who should read The Secrets of Saffron Hall

If you enjoy Tudor settings, emotional storylines and books about long hidden secrets then I’d recommend this book to you. I also think fans of authors such as Philippa Gregory and Kathleen McGurl will also enjoy.


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