The Gilded Mirror: Corfe Castle

The Gilded Mirror Corfe Castle Genre Teen Young Adult Historical FictionFifteen year old Anna Moore discovers an antique mirror that whisks her back in time to seventeenth century England The year is and the English Civil War

  • Title: The Gilded Mirror: Corfe Castle
  • Author: JocelynMurray
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Genre Teen Young Adult Historical FictionFifteen year old Anna Moore discovers an antique mirror that whisks her back in time to seventeenth century England The year is 1643 and the English Civil War is underway Anna finds herself at Corfe Castle with the Bankes family when the castle is laid siege Against all odds, she helps the family defend the castle from rebel fGenre Teen Young Adult Historical FictionFifteen year old Anna Moore discovers an antique mirror that whisks her back in time to seventeenth century England The year is 1643 and the English Civil War is underway Anna finds herself at Corfe Castle with the Bankes family when the castle is laid siege Against all odds, she helps the family defend the castle from rebel forces who hopelessly outnumber them What will happen and will Anna be able to return to her own time Inspired by true historical events, The Gilded Mirror Corfe Castle is a tale that crosses centuries in time through the forces of a mysterious mirror It is a story of friendship, tremendous courage in the face of adversity, and the indomitable human spirit

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    • Christopher says:

      I bought this for my 12 year old daughter as an alternative to the dystopian fiction that kids seem hooked on these days and when she took a break, I grabbed it and started reading it myself. What a great surprise! I occasionally read historical fiction so am familiar with the genre (and this is all based on a remarkable true story), but I never remotely thought I'd get pulled into this like I did. Murray is a very talented writer and story-teller and I'm again jealous of another author. If ther [...]

    • Richard says:

      Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Anna is exploring her grandmothers house that is full of antiques. She discovers an old mirror, when she wipes the surface she finds herself in Corfe Castle in the year 1643. She meets up with Elizabeth Bankes, daughter of the family that owns the castle, Elizabeth believes Anna is her cousin and gives Anna a tour of the castle and the estate. The two soon become friends.The English Civil war comes to the castle as the Parliamentarian Roundheads surround the castle and [...]

    • Rob Slaven says:

      As is usual, I received this book through some mechanism by which I didn't actually have to pay for it. The author approached me for a review and true to that desire I give my honest opinions below.The plot of this little novel is fairly standard escapist juvenile literature. A young girl finds a mirror and uses it to travel to another time and place and thereupon has adventures of an educational variety as she witnesses an episode from the English Civil War.Since this is youth literature, I jud [...]

    • Rosie Amber says:

      This book is a great read for the teenage market and upwards. It is the first book in a series of historical fantasy travel writing. I chose this book because I have had several holidays in Dorset and in particular the Isle of Purbeck where Corfe and it's castle are built. Most roads on the Isle lead through Corfe and it is a magnificent sight high up on the hill. Parts of Dorset today make me feel like I'm stepping through to a different world particularly the rural hideaways, so the descriptiv [...]

    • Brittany Elsen says:

      Original Review: thepassionatebookworms/theThe Gilded Mirror is a historical fantasy that includes time traveling through a mirror. It has a very Chronicles of Narnia feel to it because all of the adventure, the British element, and the time travel. On that same note it is historical fiction so it’s less fantasy than the Chronicles of Narnia. I didn’t know much about this historical element so I found it a very informative and fun read.I usually like historical fiction but I also like when I [...]

    • Stephen Fraser says:

      This is a beautifully written story about a fifteen-year-old girl who steps through a mirror and steps back in time to a castle in seventeenth-century England. Certain events of the book are based on actual events that actually happened. It is a great fiction story that is based on historic events. The author does a great job recreating the castle and the characters. This is a book I would recommend to any teen that wants to read a story and learn about a historical event at the same time.

    • Michael says:

      This was a really engaging and entertaining read. The descriptions were particularly strong and I was totally immersed into the environment and characters. As a history buff, I really enjoyed reading about life at that time and the writing was smooth, well edited and easy to follow. Highly recommended and I think it's a book that will appeal to all ages.

    • Lady Entropy says:

      It might be because I'm not the target audience for this book, but I just couldn't get into it. There is obviously careful research gone into the whole thing, from food to clothes, but the whole thing feels rushed and not true in some parts.I stopped reading it, and decided I had better books to read, so automatic one star from me.

    • Darlene Ferland says:

      What a wonderful way to actually feel as if you have lived in 1643! Jocelyn Murray has written a book that can be read by young adults or old adults and anyone in between I know the concept has been used before but the manner in which Ms. Murray weaves her story captivates the read. I didn't want to put it down!

    • Julie Scott says:

      Nice little book about a girl who travels back in time via a magical mirror she finds in storage at her grandmother's house. The characters are engaging, and I found this to be a very good read and a nice piece of escapist literature. I may get the second book to see what happens next.

    • BookwormBritty says:

      I gave this book two stars for its premise, but I couldn't actually read it because of the awkward wording and grammatical errors. If you're the kind of person who isn't bothered by that, the story itself might be worth reading, but I really wouldn't know.

    • Helena says:

      I found this book a good way to learn a bit about the History of England (being Portuguese it's not something a really know about).Easy and fun, but a bit slow to start with.

    • Tony says:

      I loved this book. The time travel and adventure kept me glued to the story. I am not sure if this or the third book in the series was my favorite, but I liked the history portrayed in all 3 books.

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