Saturday, November 19, 2022



England, 1939:  Alice was happy to marry David who is a vicar.  But that new found happiness also comes with some difficult decisions.  She leaves her entire life behind and moves into the vicarage with her new husband.  It’s located in the remote village of Goswell, Cumbria. Not too long after moving there, the war begins and to her surprise David decides to enlist and join the fight.  Alice feels completely alone with her husband gone, and she is feeling very homesick. The villagers agree to take in dozens of evacuees.  Alice is asked to take in and care for Vera, she is twelve years old and there is a lot of friction between them.  They are both working out their own problems and it is a very difficult situation for them both.  Present Day: Jane and her family move to the village of Goswell, which happens to be where her husband Andrew grew up.  Andrew and Jane move into what was once a vicarage.  Goswell is far from Jane’s life in New York City and she is beginning to second guess her decision to move.  But when she discovers a note left behind in the pantry, written during World War II, and signed by a woman named Alice, Jane’s life is about to change and not in a way that she ever expected.

I absolutely love time-slip novels and this one lived up to my expectations. This was a wonderful story with likable characters and I was intrigued by the storyline.  I really enjoyed the way the author had not only many differences between the two timelines but there were many similarities as well and that kept me completely engaged in the story.  This story is filled with love, courage, change and hope kept me flying through the pages.  This is the first book of a new series and I look forward to reading the next installments.  I definitely recommend this absolutely intriguing read.

Thank you Kate Hewitt for such a wonderful beginning to what I’m sure is going to be an amazing series, I loved it.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Kate Hewitt
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: November 17, 2022 
Pages: 389 
Buy on Amazon 

Alice looked at the young girl standing alone on the platform, sensing the same vulnerability she’d once felt entering the village she now called home. Then, as the child gripped her hand, the pain and sorrow Alice had held in her heart for so long softened… And in that moment, she vowed she’d always protect her – whatever the cost…

England, 1939: When Alice marries twinkly-eyed, kind-hearted vicar David, it means leaving everything from her old life behind and moving into the draughty vicarage in the beautiful but remote village of Goswell, Cumbria. Though homesick, Alice is determined to make a new life there for herself and her husband.

But soon tragedy strikes, and she is devastated when war breaks out and David chooses to sign up to fight. But everything changes when Alice is asked to take in a child evacuee, and she makes a promise to protect this girl, no matter what it costs her…

Now: When Jane and her family move to the small coastal village of Goswell where her husband grew up, she’s afraid she might have made a huge mistake. Their new home – in what had once been the vicarage – feels a million miles from their previous fast-paced life in New York City, and Jane struggles with her empty days that seem lonely and purposeless.

But then she finds a small note, forgotten behind a shelf in the pantry. A note written in the Second World War. By a woman named Alice, whose incredible story has the power to change everything…


Kate Hewitt is the bestselling author of many novels of women’s fiction, including the Hartley-by-the-Sea series set in the Lake District, the Willoughby Close series set in the Cotswolds, and Tales From Goswell written as Katharine Swartz. Her novel A Mother’s Goodbye has been called ‘unputdownable’ and ‘the most emotional book I have ever read’ by readers. Her latest novel, Not My Daughter, is out now, and No Time to Say Goodbye is available for preorder.

She lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five young(ish) children, along with their two Golden Retrievers. Join her newsletter for monthly updates and giveaways on her website, or be part of her Facebook groups Kate’s Reads.

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