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My life is a train rushing past, and I am just standing there, acting as if I have no choice but to watch and grieve its passing.

A Stitch in Time by: Kelley Armstrong

Initial Thoughts: There are some books out there where I have to shake my head in disbelief. How are they not more popular?! Why is this book mostly unknown to people!? This book is one of those books that should’ve garnered more attention than it did. It has everything any romance lover would want. Time travel, a steamy romance with a brooding man and a mystery. This book should’ve been flying off the shelves!


Thorne Manor has always been haunted…and it has always haunted Bronwyn Dale. As a young girl, Bronwyn could pass through a time slip in her great-aunt’s house, where she visited William Thorne, a boy her own age, born two centuries earlier. After a family tragedy, the house was shuttered and Bronwyn was convinced that William existed only in her imagination.

Now, twenty years later Bronwyn inherits Thorne Manor. And when she returns, William is waiting.

William Thorne is no longer the boy she remembers. He’s a difficult and tempestuous man, his own life marred by tragedy and a scandal that had him retreating to self-imposed exile in his beloved moors. He’s also none too pleased with Bronwyn for abandoning him all those years ago.

As their friendship rekindles and sparks into something more, Bronwyn must also deal with ghosts in the present version of the house. Soon she realizes they are linked to William and the secret scandal that drove him back to Thorne Manor. To build a future, Bronwyn must confront the past.

The Review

At Thorne Manor, there is a time slip that allows the traveller to go back in time to the Victorian era. When she was very young, Bronwyn Dale slipped through time and met William Thorne, a boy her own age. Every summer until she was fifteen, Bronwyn visited William and eventually they fell in love. But after a tragic sequence of events occurs, Bronwyn is convinced by everyone around her that William does not actually exist.

Now, Bronwyn is thirty-eight, a professor and a widow. She has recently inherited Thorne Manor from her great aunt. She decides to visit the manor and finds that William is indeed real, and he is not quite what she remembered.

Just like how words can be on the tip of one’s tongue, so too can the book that one wants to read. I wanted to read a book like this for a long time without really knowing that I wanted to read this kind of book. I absolutely love books about time travel, I love gothic elements, I love romance, and I adore the Victorian era. And of course, I had yet to find an author who combined all these elements into one novel. This was the book I didn’t know I needed in my life.

I often think about how someone from the Victorian era would react to today’s technology and the changes between today’s world and back then. I really appreciated how the author documented William’s reactions to Bronwyn’s cell phone and his marvel at current customs.

And then there’s the romance. It is slow-burning instead of rushed. The pacing was absolutely perfect with just enough to keep the reader on their toes.

Really, I cannot stress enough just how much I loved this book. I would recommend it to those who love all those elements I mentioned before, but also to those who love mysteries.

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About the Book

Title: A Stitch in Time

Author: Kelley Armstrong

Pages: 336

Year Published: 2020

Genres & Subjects: Fiction, romance, time travel, mystery

Until next time,