The Snow Globe
‘When Eden Hall was first built, the local newspaper received a number of letters about its electric lights. They were dangerous, too bright and had no place in the country, people wrote. These Londoners should stay in the city if they wanted that sort of thing! A quarter of a century later, and two weeks before Christmas, Eden Hall was once again in the newspaper. This time not because of its size or bright lights, or in fact because of anything to do with it, but because eighteen-year-old Daisy Forbes had joined the nationwide manhunt for missing writer Agatha Christie…’
A story of shifting desires, fortunes and loyalties in the tumultuous years after The Great War.
‘Judith Kinghorn excels at this time period. Her descriptions are accurate, and the characters’ speech never wanders into modern territory. She vividly depicts the turmoil of the postwar period, as the great houses of England slowly begin to decay and their occupants drift away. The Forbes family and their retainers are all undergoing changes, and Kinghorn deftly captures the complexity of their dreams and desires. Those who love the blockbuster show Downton Abbey will find much to enjoy in The Snow Globe.’ — historicalnovelsociety.org
‘An absolutely delicious book…The period is beautifully observed, and we are expertly drawn into a suspenseful blend of tangled relationships and shocking discoveries. Daisy’s coming of age in the ‘brave new world’ of post-war England had me holding my breath. Elegant and evocative to the last word.’ — Elizabeth Cooke
‘Both a gripping tale of family secrets and a comedy of manners, Kinghorn’s novel paints a vivid portrait of love and its perplexing complications. Set against the backdrop of Europe in the years following the Great War, The Snow Globe is a fascinating journey back in time. Historical fiction fans will not want to miss this gem!’ — Renée Rosen
‘This is a beautifully written novel that explores the frailty and power of love. The Snow Globe is about mature love, materialistic love, idealistic love, miscommunication, misunderstandings, loss, grief and the joy to be found in forgiveness. It was an absolute pleasure to read and I was moved to tears just before the end. If you love watching Downton Abbey, you will love reading The Snow Globe.’ — Pam Mcllroy
‘(In the Snow Globe) Ms Kinghorn explores the themes of coming of age, of love and loyalty with fine and broad brushstrokes, creating a world of intrigue within a strong family setting… The author recreates a very specific time between the wars with authority and treats her characters with humour, understanding and compassion. An excellent read, beautifully written and perfectly plotted.’ — Anne Coates