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Historical Fiction | The Woman in the Lake | Nicola Cornick

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We’re sharing Laura’s thoughts about The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick today.

Laura recommends for fans of mystery. Enjoy.

Book cover The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick

I see it all again: the silver moon swimming beneath the water and the golden gown billowing out about her…’

1765: Lady Isabella Gerard asks her maid to take her new golden gown and destroy it. Its shimmering beauty has been tainted by the actions of her husband the night before.

Three months later: Lord Eustace Gerard stands beside the lake looking down at the woman in the golden gown. As the body slowly rolls over to reveal her face, it’s clear this is not his intended victim…

1996: Fenella Brightwell steals a stunning gown from a stately home. Twenty years later and reeling from the end of an abusive marriage, she wonders if it has cursed her all this time. Now she’s determined to discover the history behind the beautiful golden dress…

The Woman in the Lake by Nicola Cornick published by HQ and is available to purchase in digital, paperback, audiobook and Audio CD formats.


The Woman in the Lake is a dual timeline with three narrators; Lady Isabella, her maid Constance, both from the Georgian period and Fenella, in the present day. I love history, especially this period, however this story is lacking great historical detail. The smuggling part is intriguing but I wanted to find out more about Isabella and Constance with interesting details of how they lived.

Elements of the supernatural is used to explain how the golden gown links to the present day. I found this needed to be explained in more detail as the gown is a pivotal part of the story but I was left feeling underwhelmed by it. A bit slow in parts, yet has elements of a great story.

A good read for fans of mystery but needed character development to enhance this historical novel.

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Nicola Cornick

Nicola Cornick is a writer and historian who was born and brought up in the north of England. Nicola developed a passion for history at an early age and nurtured it through reading and watching BBC costume dramas with her grandmother. She went to school in an 18th century manor house where she studied subjects as varied as Anglo Saxon and ballroom dancing.

She went on to study Medieval History, graduated from London University with an honours degree and worked for many years in academia until she gave it all up to be a full time author. Later she returned to college in Oxford to take a masters degree in History.

Since the publication of her first Regency romance by Harlequin Mills & Boon in 1998, Nicola has become an international and award-winning bestseller. She now writes dual time-frame novels inspired by the history and legends of her local area.

Nicola also works as a guide and historian for the National Trust at the beautiful seventeenth century hunting lodge, Ashdown House. She gives talks on various aspects of her historical research and is a former Wiltshire Libraries Writer in Residence and trustee of the Wantage Literary Festival.

Nicola is the current chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and a member of the Society of Authors. 

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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