Saturday 11 April 2020

Blog Tour ~ The Forbidden Promise by Lorna Cook

On Hist Fic Saturday I am delighted to host today's final stop on this Blog Tour

Avon Books
19 March 2020

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book
and the invitation to be part of the tour

Scotland, 1940

War rages across Europe, but Invermoray House is at peace. Until the night of Constance’s twenty-first birthday, when she’s the only person to see a Spitfire crash into the loch. Constance has been longing for adventure – but when she promises to keep the pilot hidden, what will it cost her?

Kate arrives in the Highlands to turn Invermoray into a luxury bed-and-breakfast, only to find that the estate is more troubled than she’d imagined. But when Kate discovers the house has a murky history, with Constance McLay’s name struck from its records, she knows she can’t leave until the mystery is solved…

How will one promise change the fate of two women, decades apart? 

What did I think about it..

In the summer of 1940, Constance McLay escapes the stifling boredom of her twenty-first birthday party only to witness a catastrophic event which will have repercussions, not just for her family at Invermoray House, but for the rest of her own life.

This dual time multi-generational story is quite special and I have found so much to enjoy in getting to know Constance, who, typical of her genteel upbringing, wanted so much more than her life offered, and when excitement beckoned, it seemed that it could only lead to tragedy and heartbreak.

In the here and now, PR and communications expert, Kate arrives in the Scottish highlands all set to put the beautiful Invermoray House on the tourist map, however, once there she discovers rather more than she bargained for, and when she also learns that the owners son, James, doesn't really want her help, all sorts of complications arise.

Beautifully written with such an authentic feel for the history of the time that I was quite engulfed in Constance's story and felt quite bereft when we flipped forwards in time to the Summer of 2020. That's not to say that the present day element of this time slip story is lacking in interest, far from it, in fact I could quite easily have read so much more about the present day inhabitants of Invermoray House and wanted their story to carry on for much longer !

I remember reading this author's debut novel last year and being completely blown away by her skill at snuggling the reader right into the very heart of the story, and this theme certainly continues in The Forbidden Promise. I devoured the book in one sitting, absolutely consumed by the romance of the story and the beauty of its setting against the backdrop of the Scottish highlands.

Combining history, mystery and romance, The Forbidden Promise is the perfect escapism read for this difficult time of self isolation.

LORNA COOK lives in coastal South East England with her husband, daughters and a Staffy named Socks. A former journalist and publicist, she owns more cookery books than one woman should, but barely get time to cook.

Twitter @LornaCookAuthor


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