An engrossing story.
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
What would you do to protect the ones you love?
1861. George’s life changes forever the day he meets Lucy. She’s beautiful and charming, and he sees a future with her that his position as the second son in a wealthy family has never offered him. But when Lucy dies in a suspected poisoning days after rejecting George, he finds himself swept up into a murder investigation. George loved Lucy; he would never have harmed her. So who did?
Now. On the surface Cassie is happy with her life: a secure job, good friends, and a loving family. When a mysterious gift in a long-forgotten will leads her to a dark secret in her family’s history she’s desperate to learn more. But the secrets in Cassie’s family aren’t all hidden in the past, and her research will soon lead her to a revelation much closer to home – and which will turn everything she knows on its head…
Discover a family’s darkest secrets today. Perfect for fans of The Girl in the Letter, The Beekeeper’s Promise and The Forgotten Village!
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
The Forgotten Gift by Kathleen McGurl is an engrossing piece of historical fiction.
Right from the powerful prologue, the book piqued my interest as it did Cassie’s. Who is this woman to whom George has bequeathed such a handsome sum every year? How is he related to Nathaniel, chaplain of Millbank Prison?
This is the first time I am reading Kathleen McGurl. She is called the Queen of dual timelines. I have no doubt why. The dual timelines in the book are well-executed. Strands from both the timelines are taken and woven together seamlessly to craft an absorbing and smoothly flowing story.
The entire book is intriguing. It compelled me to keep on turning the pages. However, there are twists galore starting from 70% resulting in a surprising climax.
Further, all the characters felt real to me, but I liked George Britten the best. He was a sensible, loving, and kind boy, born to rich parents but unloved by both. Oh, the sacrifices he made which turned him into a man so soon.
Moreover, The Forgotten Gift deeply explores what makes a family – ties to the heart, or ties to blood?
The story may be unoriginal, but it is very well-written.
The Forgotten Gift turned out to be a particularly good read for me. It was not only a mystery well resolved but also an emotional and uplifting read. Most significantly, wicked people get their comeuppance here.
Recommended for lovers of historical fiction.
Genre: Historical Fiction || Pages: 350 || Published on 11th November 2020 by HQ
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Many thanks to Rachel @ Rachel’s Random Resources for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
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Kathleen McGurl lives in Bournemouth with her husband and cat. She has two grown-up sons who have 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 realization 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.