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Release Date: 3rd November 2021 / Publisher: HQ Digital

A country at war. A heartbreaking betrayal.

1942. Three years into the war, Pam turns down her hard-won place at Oxford University to become a codebreaker at Bletchley Park. There, she meets two young men, both keen to impress her, and Pam finds herself falling hard for one of them. But as the country’s future becomes more uncertain by the day, a tragic turn of events casts doubt on her choice – and Pam’s loyalty is pushed to its limits…

Present day. Julia is struggling to juggle her career, two children and a husband increasingly jealous of her success. Her brother presents her with the perfect distraction: forgotten photos of their grandmother as a young woman at Bletchley Park. Why did her grandmother never speak of her time there? The search for answers leads Julia to an incredible tale of betrayal and bravery – one that inspires some huge decisions of her own…

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My Review

I’ve read a few of this author’s books now and I’ve always found them to be interesting and captivating reads, blending history and modern day in a dual timeline. This book takes us back to the Second World War and the secrets of Bletchley Park. The modern day aspect introduces us to Julia who discovers lost photos of her grandmother, Pam as a young woman working at Bletchley Park and sets about finding out what role her grandmother had during the war.

I love the dual timelines in this book, you feel like you reading two different stories and getting the best of both worlds! Julia is a likeable character and one which I did feel sorry for. She has a lot of stresses in her life, with most of them brought about by the people closest to her, and delving into her family history brings her a little bit of escapism which she obviously needs! Her grandmother, Pam’s storyline was fascinating and I was really interested in how one ended up working in Bletchley Park and what ‘hush-hush’ work went on there. Pam is another likeable character and, similarly to her granddaughter several decades later, she has her own stresses to deal with, although made somewhat more difficult because of the war.

I was hooked into the storyline early on and enjoyed the alternating chapters between Pam and Julia. I usually find I prefer one character to another in these types of books but found myself liking them both equally. The storyline flowed along at a good pace, holding my interest throughout, and I loved the facts and figures, not just about Bletchley Park but also about the situation with Julia’s business. There are a few twists and turns through both stories and whilst it’s easy to work out where the stories are going, they were still gripping enough to keep you in suspense! Overall this was a very enjoyable read which I would definitely recommend!

The Author

Kathleen McGurl lives near the coast in Christchurch, England. She writes dual timeline novels in which a historical mystery is uncovered and resolved in the present day. She is married to an Irishman and has two adult sons. She enjoys travelling, especially in her motorhome around Europe.

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