A Time to Change: A heart-wrenching love story
“I would rather love passionately for an hour than benignly for a lifetime.”
In a house full of history and secrets, the past will not stay where it belongs…
Lou has always loved Hill House, the derelict manor on the abandoned land near her home. As a child, the tragic history of its owners, the Mandevilles, inspired her dream to become a history teacher. But in her late twenties, and working in a shop to pay off student debts, life is passing her by.
That changes when a family disaster sends Lou’s life into a downward spiral and she seeks comfort in the ruined corridors of Hill House. The house transforms around her and Lou is transported back to Christmas 1913. Convinced she has been in an accident and is in a coma, Lou immerses herself in her Edwardian dream. With the Mandevilles oblivious to her true identity, Lou becomes their houseguest and befriends the eldest son, Captain Thomas Mandeville, a man she knows is destined to die in the First World War.
Lou feels more at home in the past than the present and when she realises the experience is real she sets out to do everything in her power to save her new friends.
Lou passes between 1913 and 2013, unearthing plots of murder and blackmail, which she must stop no matter the cost.
On her quest to save the Mandevilles by saving Thomas, Lou will face the hardest decision of her life. She will learn that love cannot be separated by a century.
I don’t think there was anything I didn’t enjoy about this book. Apart from the odd unsavoury character, I wholly devoured and loved every bit of it.
The reader is instantly drawn to Lou. I liked her straight from the off. Due to a tragic accident, her whole world is turned upside down and she is doing her best to keep everything together for the sake of her two brothers. It certainly seems at times like she is losing the battle.
Hill House through the fabulous descriptions, instantly came alive in my head. From present day in ruins, to when it all comes to life when Lou is transported back in time, it all soaked right into me and I felt like I was transported back also.
I have to say the parts in the past at Hill House, I just couldn’t get enough of it. If anything I really didn’t want this story to end. I was so wrapped up in it and what was going on with Lou that I was so saddened the nearer I got to the end. Definitely the sign of a good book!
The Mandeville family fascinated me, especially Thomas. It was heart breaking in a way, as Lou knows what the future holds for this family and I had no idea if or how much of it she was going to be able to change.
A Time To Change was such an endearing read. An emotional roller coaster of a read, of which, I didn’t want to come off. Right from the start the author captivated me heart and soul and I loved everything about it. An absolute must read!
My thanks to Bombshell Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
A Time To Change is available to purchase from Amazon.
Callie was born and brought up in Berkshire. After a brief teenage spell in the depths of Lancashire, she moved back to London.
Having left school at 16, she studied drama before embarking on a career in marketing. This saw her work in music marketing in the heady days of Britpop in the nineties. She unleashed her creativity in the design of window displays and marketing campaigns for the leading music retailer. More recently she has followed her passion for social history and currently works in marketing for a national historical institution, promoting projects and running events.
On hitting her thirtieth birthday, she decided finally to take her A levels and gained A’s in English Literature and Language, and Film Studies – not bad when working full time! – and this spurred her on to take the first of many creative writing course. A few years later and she has had a number of short stories published and plays performed at theatres and venues across London.
Callie lives in London with her long-term partner and an ever-growing collection of antique curiosities.
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