Perfect for fans of Susanna Kearsley, Barbara Erskine and Diana Gabaldon. Another gripping atmospheric time-slip from Kirsty Ferry.
But what Kate doesn’t realise is how much she has in common with Catriona Aphrodite Tredegar, the original owner of the skates, or how their lives will become strangely entwined. All Kate knows is that as soon as she bumps into farrier Theo Kent, things start getting weird: there’s the vivid, disconcerting visions and then of course the overwhelming sense that she’s met Theo before …
Publisher - Choc Lit
Publication Date - 3rd April 2018
A welcome return to Hartsford, in the next installment of the Hartsford Mysteries Series by Kirsty Ferry, and this time we get to enjoy the character of Kate who runs the Hartsford Folk Museum. She loves being surrounded by so much history and has her favourite pieces at the museum, one of which is a pair of victorian ice skates that have the initials CAT on the side of them - the name intrigues her and she soon finds that she becomes a little more tuned into their past with a series of flashbacks.
And when she meets Theo, who is staying at the nearby campsite, she has an extraordinary feeling that she knows him but can't quite figure out where from. His presence unsettles her a little as the bond they appear to have is strong despite only fleeting meetings near to the museum.
I love the community feel of the Hartsford series and it's great to meet up with old 'friends' from book one, although this is a story that can still be enjoyed as a stand alone read! It has a gentle feel to it throughout in an idyllic setting, and the time slip element is crafted so well that it just feels so normal to flit between the dual timelines.
During the flashbacks, we learn more of the character of Catriona and her story of life in a much different time, with her struggles and expectations. And when Will appears in her life it becomes clear that they are meant for each other, but others don't agree.
I loved the relationship between Kate and Theo - they don't rush things and are aware that each other has baggage, but sometimes other forces are at work and they more they try and stay away from each other, the more the opposite happens! There are laughs, loves and tragedy
Another fabulous read that had me captivated from start to finish - and any book that features vampire ducks is fine by me! ;)