Precious Bones

Narrated by: Verity Burns
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When the skeletal remains of a young woman and her baby are found entombed behind the kitchen wall of a historic Tudor house, Cassandra is overcome with grief. She seems to know who the young woman was, but not how she knows, or how she came to be there. Cassandra becomes inexplicably drawn to the house and the mystery of the bones of Blackfriars. As she begins to learn the truth about the Thorne siblings who occupied the house during the reign of Elizabeth I, her own life takes an unexpected turn, and she finds out that her fate is linked to the Thornes in ways she never imagined.

©2011 Irina Shapiro (P)2017 Irina Shapiro

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This is generally my kind of story since I love paranormals, reincarnation, and time travel. The narrator was quite good. Having said that, I'm sad to say this story itself didn't do it for me. It has a formulaic plot, and many scenes were spun out longer than need be with boring and insignificant details. I like character driven stories so it's not as if I was expecting or wanting canon fire and graphic torture scenes. And the 'basically the explain the book in one paragraph" ending? Sigh. Not an utter waste if you're just looking for some mindless relaxation. It'll probably help you sleep.

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Liked half of it.

I received an audiobook version of this book from the author. This is my honest review. This book did not really work for me. I felt like the narrator (of the story, not the audiobook narrator) seemed rather haughty and full of herself, and maybe some of that is because she is British (and therefore the audiobook narrator is British, and a British accent just sounds somewhat haughty to my American ears). Whatever the cause, I did not like her from the beginning, and because I didn't like her, I didn't really care much about what she had to say about herself and her life. The reason this book wasn't a complete flop for me, though, is because of the bits set in the 16th century. I loved seeing life through Cassandra and Richard's eyes. If the entire book had just been about them, I'm pretty sure I would have enjoyed it much more. Their lives had mystery and intrigue and a little bit of medieval horror and I was hooked when they had the reins of the story. So overall I give Precious Bones 3.076 stars because I only really enjoyed about half of it

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Never saw the twist coming!

I struggled to like the reader but was glad I stuck with it! Well done!

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Nice change of pace

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a nice change from what I usually read. I’d recommend it to anyone who reads ‘romance’ and mystery.

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Great Historical Fiction

Precious Bones was a fascinating read. I loved the different timelines and the overall idea of the story. I enjoyed some characters more than others, but overall, they were written well. I loved the time period that the "current day" ran along side. It is a time period I have always wanted to learn more about but have not yet. I think for fans of this time period, the story would be even more enjoyable. Just an overall, fascinating and enjoying read. I did find a few bits a little slower than others. The beginning was the hardest part for me to get through but important for the overall story. Verity Burns did a great job with the voices. I wish there had been more emotion in her voice acting as some places I could have used a little more to keep me going. I received a copy of this audiobook at my request, and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Two romance stories in one

I love this story! The writing style is unique with warm characters in both the past and present storylines. Cassandra writing the story of one of her previous lives was just heart wrenching, so much detail and research went in to the story set in London during the Tudor area. I am an avid Mary Queen of Scots fan so any time i get a story written during her time I’m thrilled. I love that the author gives us all the passion without the intimate details. As well as all the horror of the 1500’s without the awful details Unfortunately the narrator didn’t do the story justice, she just didn’t have enough passion for the story but narrators are a matter of personal choice so don’t let my opinion stop you. The story is well worth it.

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Great Story!

I loved listening to this story that combined both a modern-day and a historical fiction romance. The plot is filled with mystery and includes the intrigue of the peril of living in England’s Tudor era. You will become hooked in the story as you listen along—as you wonder just what Cassandra’s connection to the discovered bones could be. The ending will bring you to tears as you learn of both the heart-rending and heartwarming conclusion. (Note: I thought the narrator did a wonderful job in reading this story as well!!) I received this audiobook at my request and I voluntarily wrote this review.

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Time travel novel with murder, betrayal, suspense, intrigue taking place in Tudor and present day England. Verity Burns tells this love story with a twist.

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Great book

It was different from the books that I normally read, but i found it very interesting. The narration was wonderful

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Precious Bones

I enjoyed the story line and especially the historical details and how it unfolded. I would have liked a bit more regarding the continuing story of Constance and her son though.

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  • JENNIFER R.
  • 03-16-20

Interesting slant on writing about history.

Bit of a stretch for me to believe in the premise of reincarnation but having said that i enjoyed listening.

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  • Placid
  • 11-16-19

Another life

This book is about a couple who have been reincarnated from Elizabethan times and they find each other in current times. The book is well written and truly enjoyable. The narrator is great. This book was provided free of charge and this review is willingly done.

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  • Julia B
  • 10-20-19

An enjoyable historical romance

This is a dual timeline romance set in modern day and Elizabethan England. The characters are well drawn and the plot is engaging. I really enjoyed listening to it.

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  • KathyW, UK
  • 10-16-19

A very worthwhile new 'find'

Once I'd got used to the dual time line (never encountered this before) I started to really enjoy the story until the name Babbington was mentioned when I nearly gave up as I knew things would go 'bad' and I didn't want them to. I picked it up again and I'm so glad I did. A worthwhile listen/read of a new author to me. Couple of things I could argue about as being historically inaccurate - chocolate didn't come to England until the mid 17th century and that was as a drink not a sweetmeat, and also when Richard compared Whitehall and Versailles - again, it wasn't until nearer the mid 17th century that there was more than a hunting lodge, then a chateau at Versailles, nothing like a palace until Louis XIV started his vast program of works on it. I thought the narrator was 'pleasant', with a sameness, no real spark to the narration, but I've heard worse, and she didn't put me off continuing to listen. I'd try another audio book by her. Definitely going to look for more books by this author.

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  • Toni walker
  • 10-07-19

Loved it

Loved this audiobook story was awesome written really well and loved all the characters Everyone needs to read this book it’s a sweet romance

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  • Nisareen Khan
  • 07-19-19

Engaging dual time novel

“I knew you’d come.” he said as he turned around and walked away before I could ask what he could possibly have meant by that comment. - Cassandra Best selling novelist Cassandra Blake is suffering from a bad case of writers block, when she sees a TV news report based on the discovery of the skeletal remains of a woman and her foetus, who have been found entombed in the walls of a historic Tudor House. Overcome by a sense of grief but unable to explain how or why, Cassandra finds herself inexplicably drawn to the house and is compelled to buy it. No sooner has she moved in, Cassandra is plagued by visions of a woman named Constance Thorne who lived there with her family in the 1500s. As she unravels more of Constance’s life, Cassandra begins to realise that her life is connected to her in ways she could never have imagined. Precious Bones is a stand alone dual time novel, set between the turbulent times of Elizabeth l in 1586 and present day 2010. Constance and her family are staunch Catholics in a time when Papists were regarded with suspicion due to numerous conspiracies against Elizabeth l by those who wanted to see Mary Stuart on the throne instead. It is in the background of one such conspiracy known as the Babington Plot, that the Thorne family innocently fall victim. As a reader who is familiar with the author’s Echoes of the Past series, I felt that once again she has managed to seamlessly blend the past and present and grab the readers attention from the offset. The author has managed to capture the suspicion and uncertainty of the era, made all the more volatile by self serving ambitious politicians. We’re given insight into the brutal torture that victims, who were sent to the Tower of London, were subjected to and the impact it had on their families. Several graphic scenes were over done for my taste but perhaps that’s just me. I also felt that the romance between both couples lacked depth. The modern day one in particular felt under developed as Cassandra was barely coming out of her previous relationship before starting a new one. I would like to have seen more of their feelings on an emotional level rather than a physical one. I received an advanced free audible copy of Precious Bones and I am voluntarily reviewing it. This is the first time I have listened to Verity Burns’ narration and I was impressed by how clear and concise her delivery was. I would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, dual time lines, past lives/reincarnation mystery and suspense.

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  • AngelaB
  • 03-03-18

An excellent read!

What made the experience of listening to Precious Bones the most enjoyable?

This is a great read! The narrator is excellent and very listenable. A great dual timeline story that grabs you from the beginning, and continues in the same vein right to the end. Excellent, I will listen to this again!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Precious Bones?

The twist in the story.

What does Verity Burns bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A very listenable voice, that's a pleasure to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not necessarily, I enjoyed listening to it over a few days.