A gorgeous timeslip romance for fans of Kate Mosse, Diana Gabaldon and Barbara Erskine.

Maddie is restless in London. She has friends, a job and a sort-of boyfriend, but something in her life is missing. Then she visits the ancient village of Walditch, deep in the Dorset countryside. Something stirs in her, and on a whim she buys a centuries-old cottage and moves there three months later. Her friends think she’s crazy, but for Maddie it feels like coming home.

Late at night in the cottage, Maddie hears strange noises and sees mist gathering indoors and out. When she starts investigating the cottage’s history, she becomes drawn into the tragic story of a family who lived here 400 years ago. Meanwhile, Maddie starts to fall in love with a local carpenter – but he has a relationship already…

Can Maddie solve the riddle of the past? What is her connection with the family that lived there so many years ago? And can she and her true love ever be together?

Previously published as The Forgotten Promise.





This was a lovely time-slip story, recommended by a friend, and I’m very glad she made me pick this up!

Set in the present time and in the 17th century, the story revolves around the Olde Smithy cottage in Dorset, where Madeleine finds herself drawn too while working on a TV show in the area. She’s been looking to make changes in her life, and something about this place feels so familiar to her that she instinctively buys it and her life is transformed!

From vivid dreams to glimpses of figures standing in various rooms, her life becomes a quest to discover more about the history of the house and the area and this leads to some really fascinating revelations and adds depth to the storyline. The past characters have their own interesting story to tell and I loved going back in time to see their lives play out.
I think we’ve all had feelings of being drawn to certain areas, despite never visiting there before, and this book captures that essence of that beautifully.

There’s heartbreaking history that is explored, restless ghosts and a sense of adventure and self discovery for Madeleine and I found it to be a lovely, evocative story