Historical fiction

The Forbidden Promise by Lorna Cook

This is a dual timeline story, one is of WWII, and the other is in present-day Scotland. I preferred the current day’s timeline of our leading lady (Kate) is working towards making an old Scottish castle more lucrative for its owners. The other is of a girl on the brink of adulthood who doubts her own capacity to actually do something and feeling at a loss during the war. There is a romantic angle for both women in the tale as well.

For someone like me who has read quite a few of these dual timeline books (and only because of that), there was nothing new in the tale. The writing was smooth, the characters vivid, and that made the reading worth the time, but I was not too impressed by the twist. It came too late in the older timeline, and by that time, it seemed to be the only possible angle that it could have gone for the situation to be what it was in the current timeline. In fact, I would have preferred more focus on the actual steps and time spent in converting the castle to a working B&B and even lesser time spent in 1940. I recommend this to those like me, who like dual timelines with a war/troubled background and easy like or dislike( the villains of the piece) characters.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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