Dorset, 1935. 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 when 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…
Present day. 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…
Don’t miss this haunting and evocative timeslip novel from Kathleen McGurl.
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I’m a huge fan of this author so you can imagine my excitement at getting invited onto the blog tour for The Stationmaster’s Daughter, her latest book.
As usual the author manages to weave a fantastic dual timeline story that is almost impossible to put down. The stories follow Ted Morgan in 1935 and Tily who is the daughter of the man restoring the railway in the present day. Both stories are wonderfully evoked and had a great feel to them so I felt very involved in the story. Unusually for me I didn’t have a favourite timeline but actually enjoyed watching both if them unfold.
The story centres on Tily finding a diary which is one of my favourite things in a novel. I’ve often fantasised about finding an old diary and the secrets I’d discover there, so I enjoyed living precariously through Tily as she reads all the entries. The story she finds there is a very intriguing one of love and honour which had me gripped from the start. I felt I had to keep reading as I so wanted to find out what would happen.
The two threads are brilliantly plotted and come together nicely to create a surprising twist at the end. The reader is given the impression that the story might not have a happy ending early on but I kept hoping that things would turn out differently to what I expected and I wasn’t disappointed This is quite an emotional read which often made me tear up whilst reading. I always think this shows great skill by the author to make someone feel so strongly about events in the book.
I’m often dubious about books described as similar to Kate Morton but I completely agree with the comparison in this case. If you like Kate Morton’s books or similar then you’ll enjoy this book.
I’ve thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and to HQ Digital for my copy of this book via Netgalley.
About The Author:
Kathleen McGurl lives in Bournemouth with her husband. She has two sons who have both now left home. She always wanted to write, and for many years was waiting until she had the time. Eventually she came to the bitter realisation that no one would pay her for a year off work to write a book, so she sat down and started to write one anyway. Since then she has published several novels with HQ and self-published another. She has also sold dozens of short stories to women’s magazines, and written three How To books for writers. After a long career in the IT industry she became a full time writer in 2019. When she’s not writing, she’s often out running, slowly.