The Forbidden Promise by Lorna Cook #FridayReads #BookReview #DualTime

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.


 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 . . .

My Review

In 2020, Kate travels from London to a new job at Invermory House in the Scottish Highlands. She is looking forward to using her PR skills to help establish a successful hotel but her first encounter with the owner’s son James is not encouraging. He doesn’t want her help and she soon discovers that the family who inherited the beautiful but shabby house are nearly bankrupt. She struggles on, persuaded by some of the friendly locals and by her curiosity about a painting of Constance McLay, a former resident of the House.

As readers we have already met Constance in 1940, when on the night of her 21st birthday she sees a Spitfire crash into the loch. Amazingly she is able to rescue the pilot, unseen by anyone else and takes him to a deserted cottage on the estate. Discovering he has deserted his post because of a crisis of conscience she decides to conceal him for a short time. Constance is frustrated that her strictly traditional parents won’t her allow her to participate in the war effort and are expecting her to make a suitable marriage.

I found the contemporary story more compelling, perhaps because the tale of Constance and Matthew seemed inevitable to be leading to tragedy, but it was intriguing to read how the two stories finally connected with a very satisfactory denouement.

The Forgotten Promise on Amazon UK

My review of The Forgotten Village by Lorna Cook


Published by lizannelloyd

Love history, reading, researching and writing. Articles published in My Family History and other genealogy magazines.

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