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A poignant tale set in dual timelines, the story tugged my heartstrings with its gentle unveiling of the story of Ted in 1935 and Tilly in the present times.

Ted found love with Annie in the same railway station where Tilly now found herself after a bitter divorce. The story unfurled with Tilly getting to the truth of Ted’s story as it happened years ago and healing herself in the process.

My first book by author Kathless McGurl, the story was told in alternate chapters with Tilly and Ted’s POV. I loved the cross section of their stories. It seemed that both were slowly moving toward each other. The characters were etched so carefully with a loving pen. I felt both Ted and Tilly were so lovable with equally unlikable, selfish partners.

Pain of a broken relationship brought a tear to my eye, I could see myself in Tilly. Ted was simply awesome, a generous, kind soul who sacrificed everything and loved from his very being. The author’s control over the story had me rushing through the pages. There was an enticing magic in the prose which kept me read from beginning to end at one go.

It was a perfect read on a rainy afternoon where the emotions in the book enveloped me in its loving folds.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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Dorset, 1935
Stationmaster Ted has never cared much for romance. Occupied with ensuring England’s most beautiful railway runs on time, love has always felt like a comparatively trivial matter. Yet when he meets Annie Galbraith on the 8.42 train to Lynford, he can’t help but instantly fall for her.

But when the railway is forced to close and a terrible accident occurs within the station grounds, Ted finds his job and any hope of a relationship with Annie hanging in the balance…

Present day
Recovering from heartbreak after a disastrous marriage, Tilly decides to escape from the bustling capital and move to Dorset to stay with her dad, Ken.

When Ken convinces Tilly to help with the restoration of the old railway, she discovers a diary hidden in the old ticket office. Tilly is soon swept up in Ted’s story, and the fateful accident that changed his life forever.

But an encounter with an enigmatic stranger takes Tilly by surprise, and she can’t help but feel a connection with Ted’s story in the past…

Publication Date: 7th August 2019

Publisher: HQ Digital

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  1. “It was a perfect read on a rainy afternoon where the emotions in the book enveloped me in its loving folds”…Seriously how do you come up with sentences that are so beautiful and moving. I really mean it: awesome review😘😊

    1. Because sometimes I know that someone in Netherlands thinks I am beautiful when I am not 😍
      Thank you so much ❤️.
      I don’t read historical fiction but this book slowly pulled me in. So I felt I was enfolded by it

      1. Well…I could say many times that you are, but I have this feeling you would not believe me anyways, no matter how many times I say it😘 So…just as long as I know that you are I guess that is good too! 😊❤️❤️

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