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** My thanks to Sarah at Bombshell Books for the opportunity to read a copy of this book and for inviting me to be part of the blog blitz **

Description:

I would rather love passionately for an hour than benignly for a lifetime.”

In a house full of history and secrets, the past will not stay where it belongs…

Lou has always loved Hill House, the derelict manor on the abandoned land near her home. As a child, the tragic history of its owners, the Mandevilles, inspired her dream to become a history teacher. But in her late twenties, and working in a shop to pay off student debts, life is passing her by.

That changes when a family disaster sends Lou’s life into a downward spiral and she seeks comfort in the ruined corridors of Hill House. The house transforms around her and Lou is transported back to Christmas 1913. Convinced she has been in an accident and is in a coma, Lou immerses herself in her Edwardian dream. With the Mandevilles oblivious to her true identity, Lou becomes their houseguest and befriends the eldest son, Captain Thomas Mandeville, a man she knows is destined to die in the First World War.

Lou feels more at home in the past than the present and when she realises the experience is real she sets out to do everything in her power to save her new friends.

Lou passes between 1913 and 2013, unearthing plots of murder and blackmail, which she must stop no matter the cost.

On her quest to save the Mandevilles by saving Thomas, Lou will face the hardest decision of her life. She will learn that love cannot be separated by a century.

 

My Thoughts & Review:

Callie Longridge has crafted a very special story here, and something about this book still lingers on after I’ve finished reading it – always a good sign for me.

I am a fan of historical fiction so this book instantly appealed to me, I wasn’t put off by the time lapse concept at all and was intrigued to see how the author would work this into the plot, and indeed to see if she would pull it off.  I needn’t have worried, Langridge did a wonderful job and and her writing is exceptional.  The attention to detail in the descriptions throughout transported me to the settings, I felt that I was seeing the house myself and not just through the eyes of Lou.

I won’t say too much about the plot, I always fear giving away something that will spoil the book for others or will give some sort of hint about what’s to come in the story.  But I will say that I loved the idea that Lou sought solace and escape in Hill House, a place she had loved since her childhood and the place that stemmed her love of history at a young age.  From there her adventure really begins, slipping back into 1913 and becoming wrapped up with the lives of the occupants of the house at the time, the Mandeville family.  Lou is a wonderful character that I think many readers will take into their hearts, she is a caring and interesting character and watching events play out makes you want to reach out to her, embrace her and wish for the best to occur.

The pace of this novel was just right, the story flowed well and the way that the time slips were written worked perfectly.

For me, this story is just as much about love and family as it is about secrets and mystery – a perfect combination!

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