Welcome to my bog tour stop for The Stationmaster’s Daughter by Kathleen McGurl. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the tour! Check out my review and let me know what you think in the comments.
As the last train leaves, will life ever be the same?
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…
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.
The Stationmaster’s Daughter is a beautiful tale of love and tragedy told in a brilliantly executed dual timeline.
This is not my first Kathleen McGurl novel, so I am hardly surprised at her beautiful writing, but there is something very special about this novel. With the dual timelines and alternating POVs, the characters jump off the page and are brought to life. All the wonderful flaws and strengths of the characters were masterfully penned in such a way that these characters were lovable and unlovable in all the right ways.
The descriptions are magnificant and the plot is paced perfectly. I love the timelines and POV changes. Not all authors can pull this off, but in this novel, the stories are aligned perfectly to merge. This is a heart-string pulling story, and I loved every minute of it.
I highly recommend checking this one out.
Kathleen 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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