Thursday 2 April 2020

The Forbidden Promise
Lorna Cook

I'm delighted to be a part of the blog tour for The Forbidden Promise. I have to admit, this is the first book I have read by this author, but I will definitely be reading her previous book, The Forgotten Village.

You can read my review below of this fabulous dual time novel which stars in 1920 in Scotland and then back to the present day.
I love a book where you are hooked from the very first page and this was one of them.

The story starts in Scotland in 1940 and Constance's parents are hosting a 21st birthday party for her at their lavish home, Invermoray House. As she is trying to avoid the advances of her brothers' friend Henry, she fakes a headache and tells her parents she is retiring to bed. She decides to go for a walk to clear her head by the loch near the house and hears an aeroplane which sounds like it is in trouble and approaching her in the darkness! 

On hearing an almighty crash in the water, Constance dives into the cold, dark water and pulls the pilot (Matthew) out of the plane and miraculously, he survives.

Constance takes him to a nearby folly to recover and when he is strong enough to talk, he tells her he doesn't want to be found and cannot fight any longer.

Will Constance go against all her believes and shield Matthew from the RAF, who will undoubtedly court marshal him for deserting, or will she tell her parents of her finding and hand him over to the authorities? and is Matthew telling Constance everything?

Scotland 2020
Kate decides to start afresh and takes on a PR job in Invermoray house to get it up and running as a successful tourist attraction. She meets James, the owner's son, sooner than she anticipated when she nearly runs him over in her car!

James is very distant towards Kate to say the least and tells her in not so uncertain terms that he doesn't want her help in setting up the tourist business. It doesn't take long for Kate to think she has made a terrible mistake going to Scotland, but on seeing Invermoray and looking at the pictures on the wall of generations past, she is more determined than ever to find out what happened all those years ago and to put any ghosts to rest...

When I read a book, I often play the scenes and characters out in my head as if it were a film or drama (I don't know whether everyone does that!), but with this book I can really see it as a film. The storyline was fabulous and yes, there is a twist, which I didn't see coming and a light bulb went off in my head and the story all starts to piece together!

Thank you so much Harper Collins for sending me a copy of this book and for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour. I can fully recommend this fabulous read and am definitely going to read the author's first novel, The Forgotten Village. Can't wait for the next one!...

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