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The Forbidden Promise by @LornaCookAuthor

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?


[Sometimes, it’s not the biggest lies, but the little white ones that bring about the most change]


(@AvonBooksUK, 6 February 2020, 400 pages, paperback, #ARC from (@AvonBooksUK and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 7 April)




So I’m a sucker for dual narratives. And I’m a sucker for books set in my neck of the woods, Scotland, especially the more remote areas of the country. So The Forbidden Promise was a shoe in before I even opened the first page. My expectations were high. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. This is a cracking read. I was engrossed from page one and the book clung to me until the final page. The dual narrative works really well with the plot bouncing easily between both time periods. I kept wondering how Constance’s story in 1940 could possibly be linked to events in 2019. I had several theories and was delighted to be completely wrong. I loved the way the author drips feeds you the story and the links to the past, one delicious spoonful at a time.


I live in Glasgow in the UK with my partner. I work in the Financial Services. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies.

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