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As the last train leaves, will life ever be the same?
Stationmaster Ted has never cared much for romance. Occupied with ensuring England’s most beautiful railway runs on time, love has always felt like a comparatively trivial matter. Yet when he meets Annie Galbraith on the 8.42 train to Lynford, he can’t help but instantly fall for her.
But soon the railway is forced to close and a terrible accident occurs within the station grounds, Ted finds his job and any hope of a relationship with Annie hanging in the balance…
Recovering from heartbreak after a disastrous marriage, Tilly decides to escape from the bustling capital and move to Dorset to stay with her dad, Ken. When Ken convinces Tilly to help with the restoration of the old railway, she discovers a diary hidden in the old ticket office. Tilly is soon swept up in Ted’s story, and the fateful accident that changed his life forever.
But an encounter with an enigmatic stranger takes Tilly by surprise, and she can’t help but feel a connection with Ted’s story in the past.
I had previously read and thoroughly enjoyed The Forgotten Secret and really looked forward to reading this timeslip mystery by this talented author – and, as I’d anticipated, I certainly found it a fascinating and engaging read.
After a series of tragedies, culminating in her husband ending their marriage on the day she’s made redundant, Tilly has moved to stay with her dad, Ken, in Dorset. He’s helping to restore the local railway and asks Tilly to help. This involves her discovering artefacts relating to the local stationmaster back in 1935. The story shares events from both timelines as Tilly starts to become enthralled in discovering just what happened to the last stationmaster, never anticipating just how there will be such a great twist at the end!
A great page turner, this story has a fantastic setting, great characters, dilemmas, discoveries and some heartwarming moments as Tilly mentally heals and starts to live again. It is a story I didn’t want to put down until the end and I have no hesitation in highly recommending it to anyone who enjoys uncovering the past to help the future.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest review after choosing to read it and thoroughly enjoying doing so!
Kathleen McGurl lives near the sea in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband. She has two sons who are now grown-up and have left home. She began her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.
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