Thursday, August 05, 2021



It’s Norfolk in 1945 and only a few months before Nancy Jones was a gunner in World War Two, fighting for her country.  Nancy and her husband had a whirlwind romance and are soon married.  But there is so much that they don’t know about each other. Things that occurred during the war begin to come to light.  Norfolk, 2019, Lorna Haynes looses her husband and is on the verge of loosing her home, Gamekeeper’s Cottage.  While at the Cottage she finds a locked room that she never knew about.  When she enters the room, Lorna finds a red diary in a desk drawer.  As Lorena reads through the diary, she learns about the woman who lived in the cottage decades before her.  But reading through the diary, she reads the very secrets that were so desperately meant to be kept quiet.  The secrets that change her life.  

This time slip historical fiction is an absolute must read. I devoured this book in its entirety.  It is filled with suspense, romance,  and plot twist and turns, that will have you flying through the pages.  I enjoyed this book so much, that I am almost speechless.  This is a definite must read, however, a box of Kleenex is mandatory.  I absolutely loved this book…historical fiction at its best! 

Thank you Anna Stuart for yet another well written story.  I loved the dual timeline as it made it a fast paced read.  The characters were relatable and the storyline was phenomenal and heartbreaking.  I loved it, this one can’t be surpassed. Definitely worth ten stars.


Rating: 5 out of 

Author:  Anna Stuart 
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: August 3, 2021 
Pages: 337 
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Two women. One house. And a wartime secret that spans decades…

Norfolk, 1945: Only a few months ago Nancy Jones was fighting for her country as a gunner girl. Now she’s struggling to adjust to her responsibilities as a gamekeeper’s wife. After a whirlwind romance, Nancy is deeply in love with her handsome husband Joe but there is still so much they don’t know about each other. When a secret from Nancy’s war years threatens to resurface, will the terrible truth about the worst night of her life shatter their new marriage?

Norfolk, 2019: Devastated by the sudden loss of her husband, Lorna Haynes escapes to the beautiful but crumbling Gamekeeper’s Cottage. There, she stumbles upon a locked room. When she enters, it’s like going back in time. A soldier’s uniform hangs on the back of the door, the flowery wallpaper still intact, the spindle of the record player frozen and ready to play. At the back of the room, Lorna discovers a red, leather-bound diary in a hidden compartment of a desk drawer.

As Lorna battles with heartache, she takes comfort in reading the ink-stained words. Turning the pages of the old book, she learns of the incredible bravery of the woman who lived in the house decades before her. And discovers a shocking wartime secret that will change the course of her own life… 


Anna Stuart lives in Derbyshire with her campervan-mad husband, two hungry teenagers and a slightly loopy dog. She was hooked on books from the moment she first opened one in her cot so is thrilled to now have several of her own to her name. Having studied English literature at Cambridge university, she took an enjoyable temporary trip into the ‘real world’ as a factory planner, before returning to her first love and becoming an author. History has also always fascinated her. Living in an old house with a stone fireplace, she often wonders who sat around it before her and is intrigued by how actively the past is woven into the present, something she likes to explore in her novels. Anna loves the way that writing lets her ‘try on’ so many different lives, but her favourite part of the job is undoubtedly hearing from readers.

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