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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

The Forbidden Promise by Lorna Cook

Delightful setting, two very interesting time frames and some strong women. Perfect for a good read.

1940 Scotland Invermoray Constance is a young woman, very protected and her parents do not even consider her "working" or doing anything other than to make a good marriage. Slightly antiquated considering that Britain was in the midst of a war and there were lots of women doing extremely good work for the war effort. Not the Mclay's. Mr and Mrs Mclay wanted life to go on as before with as little disturbance to their own.

Fast forward to 2020 and Kate arrives at Invermoray to turn the falling down house into a presentable B&B so that at least it can remain in the family and be a haven for James who now lives there with his mum. James has mixed reactions to Kate's arrival which he views with slight disbelief in her capabilities, much to Kate's dismay. She was hoping that the six months away from London will give her balance in her life. She soons becomes intrigued in the inconsistencies found in the McLay family and digging into past history unravels so many mysteries which were not known before.

The story told in the two time frames was fascinating. Scotland during the war and the attitudes of the rich as against the suffering of most Londoners and then present day Scotland as well.
Romance, history, lots of intrigue all threaded through this story.

Sent by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Avon Books UK.


  1. There was a time I didn't really like reading with two different time lines, but lately I've been reading some good books like that. This sounds like it would be a good one too. I'll have to look for it.

  2. I think I would like this quite a bit. I love dual time line stories, especially when one of the stories is set around the World Wars. I will have to look for this one. Thanks for the great review, Mystica.