The Stationmaster’s Daughter by Kathleen McGurl @KathMcGurl @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview


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The Stationmaster’s Daughter written by Kathleen McGurl, publisher HQ, is available NOW in ebook format.  The paperback is due out in October.

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Book Blurb

As the last train leaves, will life ever be the same?

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 soon 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.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Kathleen McGurl’s latest novel: The Stationmaster’s Daughter.  This is my first introduction to the work of Kathleen McGurl and it most definitely will not be my last as I adored everything about this novel.

The Stationmaster’s Daughter is such a wonderful historical timeslip story that was beautifully told.  I was swept away by the ‘here and now’ tales and when the stories collided I felt an overwhelming sense of satisfaction but also an immense sadness  of the tragedies that shaped the story.

Kathleen McGurl has written a story that takes the reader back to 1935 and the stunning, quintessential English countryside of Dorset.  An area of outstanding beauty that I feel was brought to life by the steam trains bringing visitors to and from the small villages along the coastline. Ted was the stationmaster who was proud of his position of 15 years for the rail company.  Ted was a sensitive man who enjoyed the simple pleasures in life which mainly revolved around his beloved railway and his sister and her three children that visited him often.  However, when a young lady caught Ted’s eye he soon became besotted but he was too shy to reveal his feelings.  These new flutters of the heart were to change Ted’s life irrevocably.  Ted is one of those endearing characters that you fall in love with and want to champion.

Over eighty years later we take up of the story of Tilly who’s received many heart-breaking blows over the years but the final blow was nearly enough to take her over the edge.  Needing time to recover Tilly goes to stay with her father at his bungalow in Dorset.  Tilly’s father is now retired and has found himself enjoying being part of the railway restoration society; a group of enthusiasts bringing the old, unused and dismantled railway back to life.  Tilly’s father hopes to get Tilly involved with the restoration, specifically helping with the archives.  He’s hoping this sifting through the paperwork and photographs will give Tilly a purpose and help her not forget her worries but to move on from then.

I loved both sides of this story; the charming love blossoming for Ted and the historical mystery that Tilly was involved with.  The tragedy of the story was so heart rending and my emotions were broken for what could have been.  A poignant historical time slip novel that will totally captivate you.

About the Author 
The Stationmasters Kathleen McGurl author photoKATHLEEN MCGURL lives near the sea in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband. She has two sons who are now grown-up and have left home. She began her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.

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