Thank you for stopping by I'm thrilled to be sharing my review for Living in the Past by Jane Lovering as part of the blog tour today. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
Do you ever wish you could turn back time?
Grace Nicholls has a few reasons for wanting to turn back the clock … although an archaeological dig at a Bronze Age settlement on the Yorkshire moors is not what she had in mind. But encouraged by her best friend Tabitha, that’s exactly where she finds herself.
Professor Duncan McDonald is the site director and his earnest pursuit of digging up the past makes him appear distant and unreachable. But when a woman on the site goes missing, it seems that his own past might be coming back to haunt him once again.
As they dig deeper, Duncan and Grace get more than they bargained for – and come to realise that the past is much closer than either of them ever imagined …
I really didn't know what to expect when I first started reading Living in the Past but after a couple of chapters I was hooked. I enjoyed everything from the story to the characters it all just worked so well together. Jane Lovering brought this story to life with some fantastic descriptions of the archaeological dig and the friendships and romance that feature in the book. I have to admit that I'm really trying to be vague about the plot as I would hate to ruin the surprises that feature in this story.
Grace has such a sad back story but she is also a resilient and likeable person that made me instantly take to her character. Duncan and Grace make such a great pairing but the question is will there be any romance? I loved Duncan's gruff personality and as the story develops you also see how his past still affects his life. There is humour in their interactions that always had me smiling!
The story moves at a really good pace and is perfect for reading over a couple of evenings or on a lazy afternoon. There are lots of themes coming together in this story that just made it so engaging. Living in the Past has a brilliant mystery, a dash of romance then add in some history to the mix which creates a perfect combination!
Five stars from me!
With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy. This s my honest and unbiased opinion.
Jane was born in Devon and now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, four cats and two dogs of variable sanity. She works in a local supermarket and also teaches creative writing. Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has a first-class honours degree in creative writing.
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