Thursday, 11 November 2021

#BookReview The Girl From Bletchley Park @KathMcGurl @RaRaResources #BlogTour #DuelTimeline #TheGirlfromBletchleyPark #Netgalley KathleenMcGurl

Written by Kathleen McGurl


Published by HQ Digital (3rd Nov 2021)
Genre Duel Timeline
Pages 384
ISBN-10 0008480834
ISBN-13 978-0008480837
Audiobook ASIN     B09G8966GN

I should first of all like to begin by thanking Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for the invitation to join the blog tour for The Girl From Bletchley Park, and Kathleen McGurl, the author, for a providing me with a free digital copy of this book to review.

The blurb:

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…

My thoughts:

This is the first Kathleen McGurl book that I've read, but my hopes were high having seen the beautifully designed cover, the captivating title, and read the spellbinding blurb. And I was not to be disappointed. I do love a duel-timeline story, especially one that is set during or around WWI or WWII.

The story takes place in 1942 - 1945 and 2019. The protagonists are Pamela, the grandmother, and Julia, her granddaughter. Julia is uncovering information about her grandmother's time at Bletchley Park, something she did not know about, because Pamela never spoke of what she did during the war. Pamela's life-long friend, and fellow Wren based at Bletchley Park, wrote a diary before she died which Julia is now reading. Julia is intrigued by the mention of an incident involving Pamela, and hopes that the diary will reveal all.

In her own timeline, Julia is a busy working mother whose life is upended when she finds out that people she trusted have deceived her.

I loved this one! I thought it had a compelling plotline, believable and likeable main characters, moved along at a good pace, and had me totally absorbed from the start. I very much enjoyed the Bletchley Park connection, and loved the historical details that were dropped into Pamela's story. 

Author Bio – Kathleen McGurl

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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