An exclusive sample of Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman, featuring the first thirteen chapters.
A pure pleasure of a novel set in Georgian London, where the discovery of a mysterious ancient Greek vase sets in motion conspiracies, revelations and romance.
There is a fine line between coincidence and fate...
London, 1799. Dora Blake is an aspiring jewellery artist who lives with her uncle in what used to be her parents' famed shop of antiquities. When a mysterious Greek vase is delivered, Dora is intrigued by her uncle's suspicious behaviour and enlists the help of Edward Lawrence, a young man seeking acceptance into the Society of Antiquaries. Edward sees the ancient vase as key to unlocking his academic future. Dora sees it as a chance to restore her parents' shop to its former glory, and to escape her uncle.
But what Edward discovers about the vase has Dora questioning everything she has ever known about her life, her family, and the world as she knows it. As Dora uncovers the truth she starts to realise that some mysteries are buried, and some doors are locked, for a reason.
Gorgeously atmospheric and deliciously page-turning, Pandora deals with themes of secrets and deception, love and fulfilment, fate and hope.
Pandora is available to pre-order now and is out on 27 January 2022
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Oooh, intriguing! Obviously, the extract ends just where you are desperate to read on! However, this looks like it is going to be an immersive historical book - the sense of historical period is gorgeous and Dora seems like a character a reader can properly invest in - this book had me at the pet magpie, to be honest! I cannot wait to read this one.
Of course, this ends right as things are getting good! I had high expectations from this book and this excerpt has raised them further! I hope the rest of this does not disappoint!
Great intro, quick paced with easy to read and enjoyable writing. I like the 3 POVs and I'm already intrigued by each of those characters. The various mysterious that have already been set up have intrigued me so I'd definitely want to read the rest of the book. So far it seems great for anyone who enjoys historical fiction mysteries, and depending on what happens with the vase it would also be enjoyed by those who like Greek myths