Book Review: The Forbidden Promise by Lorna Cook

Can one promise change the fate of two women decades apart?

Scotland, 1940
War rages across Europe, but Invermoray House is at peace – until the night of Constance’s 21st birthday, when she’s the only person to see a Spitfire crash into the loch. Rescuing the pilot and vowing to keep him hidden, Constance finds herself torn between duty to her family and keeping a promise that could cost her everything.

2020
Kate arrives in the Highlands to turn Invermoray into a luxury B&B, only to find that the estate is more troubled than she’d imagined. But when Kate discovers the house has a dark history, with Constance’s name struck from its records, she knows she can’t leave until the mystery is solved…

What I Thought:

Having read and loved Lorna Cook’s first book, The Forgotten Village, I was pleased to pick up The Forbidden Promise, where her formula of interweaving the present day with an early 20th Century time period moves from Dorset to rural Scotland.

I think the ‘timeslip’ format is really clever, as it equally fulfils a liking for both historical and contemporary fiction plus, as we read the historical fiction parts, we can see almost in ‘real time’ the effects that has on the later time period.

Part of what makes this formula work is how well these two time periods are put together – too much of one and it can drain the tension away, but Lorna Cook hits exactly the right note in bringing the old and new Invermoray House alive.

Although foremost a romance novel – in which the romantic storyline completely ticks all the boxes – there is also an excellent mystery plot, which modern-day Kate learns about alongside the reader. You definitely don’t get out of the book without some excellent twists!

The period detail in the historical sections is excellent, and the historical and contemporary descriptions of Invermoray House make it sound very much like somewhere I would like to see.

Very much one to recommend – I’ve also got Lorna Cook’s third book, The Girl from the Island, on my TBR, so watch out for a review of that soon…

You can find out more about Lorna Cook on her website at www.lornacookauthor.com.

Please note: I received a copy of this book via Netgalley for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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