Friday, 24 April 2015

The Pearl Locket by Kathleen McGurl

What They Say:

We’ll Meet Again…

When Ali inherits her great-aunt’s house she immediately moves her whole family in, despite the warnings that there is something strange about the place. Unfazed Ali begins redecorating, going through the rooms, making each one her own with the help of her daughter, Kelly. But when under the wallpaper in Kelly’s new room they discover a scrawled message from 1944 Ali begins to question the history of the house as she knows it.

Her family has always seemed so picture perfect, not a blemish or a secret to be found. Yet, this discovery throws her into confusion and Ali begins to question exactly what she knows about her family and the mysteries they have kept hidden…

Perfect for fans of The Emerald Comb, Rachel Hore and Kate Morton

What I Say:

I would like to thank author Kath McGurl for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review (sorry Kath I thought I had posted this review ages ago).

We meet Ali and her family as she inherits her great-aunts house and despite the wishes of her grandmother they decided to move in and renovate the property.

Like Kath’s previous book The Emerald Comb this isn’t just a past meets future story, there is heartbreak and love all wrapped around one family.  Kath weaves a tangled web with her story always keeping me guessing what turn it would take next.

I liked Ali, even though at time her thoughts seemed to echo those of her great-great grand-father she was trying to do the best by her family especially her daughter and let’s face it if someone’s daughter suddenly started to talk strange and dress as though they were in the 1940’s wouldn’t we all be a little worried.

Joan and Jack's story is so lovely and a reminder of how sad a time the Second World War was, time was short and everyone tried to make the most of the awful situation they found themselves in.

This is a gorgeous story that has everything going for it; it has secrets, ancestry, tragedy, love and friendship.  I love how it flipped between the two eras and how the story unfolded slowly.

5 out of 5 Stars

About The Author

Kathleen McGurl lives in Bournemouth with her husband and teenage sons. She always wanted to write, and for many years was waiting until she had the time. Eventually she came to the bitter realisation that no one would pay her for a year off work to write a book, so she sat down and started to write one anyway. Since then she has published two novels with Carina UK and self-published a third. She has also sold dozens of short stories to women's magazines, and written three How To books for writers. She works full time in the IT industry and when she's not writing, she's often out running, slowly. 

Twitter: @KathMcGurl

Praise for Kathleen McGurl

'There were twists and turns galore that had me gripping my Kindle to within an inch of its life...' - Becca's Books on The Pearl Locket

'An engrossing family saga' - cayocosta72 on The Pearl Locket

'If you want a book that is exciting, fast-paced and impossible to put down, with plenty of twists and turns, then you need to buy this book! I can't wait to read more of Kathleen's novels.' - Emma's Book Reviews on The Emerald Comb

'The Emerald Comb is fantastic.' - Books & Baby

'An edge of your seat read, that is a page turner and gripped me from page one.' - Comet Babe's Books on The Emerald Comb