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A Time to Change Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B075NFZKJX
- Publisher : Bloodhound Books - women's fiction (24 September 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2949 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 348 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #166,243 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a beautifully written story. The descriptions of both eras are very vivid, so easy to visualise. I could almost believe I was in Hill House with Louisa, walking through the grandiose rooms and drinking champagne. It’s very atmospheric. The house sounds wonderful. The time travel aspect is brilliantly and seamlessly accomplished. It's very convincing and there's something of a twist at the end! There are some well drawn and interesting characters, good and bad. I really liked Louisa, she's such a kind-hearted and generous person. There's something to please most readers - mystery, murder and romance. It’s quite the page turner, I found it difficult to put down. It even brought a tear to my eye and I was sad to turn the last page.
An engaging, captivating and moving tale which I thoroughly enjoyed and I can highly recommend. A Christmas story with a difference!
Lou, a 20-something trained teacher and history graduate is the main character. Some years after qualifying she lives at home and works at her local supermarket, and knows she is going nowhere fast. But she doesn’t believe in herself and can’t get her act together. When her mother is killed on the rough estate where she lives with her mother and brothers, Lou blames herself and runs off to the mysterious Hill House nearby, where she used to play as a child. The house, now derelict, suddenly comes to life and fills with servants and aristocracy, characters from its heyday in 1913 just before the first world war set it on a path to ruin. Even stranger, they are expecting Lou’s arrival…
The conveys the emotional states of characters with warmth and sensitivity. (There are some love-to-hate ones too.) A Time To Change is a longish novel but the drama and suspense builds steadily – by the time I was halfway through I didn’t want the book to end. The ending is quite a turnabout, and came as a surprise.
The novel is about the power of love to overcome hate and destructive intent. There are some inexplicable, near mystical elements in this novel which may not appeal to everyone. If you can go along with this though and are willing to suspend disbelief for a while, you’re in for a treat.
If I had to make one criticism it would be that the ending was just a little too neat but I suppose anything else would have been a disappointment.
When Louisa's mum is tragically killed, her world falls apart, not that it was exactly a bed of roses in the first place. In a rundown town with few prospects, a place of comfort for her has always been Hill House. Once a grand manor house, it's now as unloved as the rest of the town, but she still feels an affinity with the house, captivated by its history. When it all gets too much, she seeks solace in the derelict house. And then things start to become a little peculiar when she wanders downstairs and steps back into the past.
This is a great story of trying to save the former residents of Hill House from their downfall, whilst struggling with her own life in the present. Highly recommended.