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Title: Beyond the Moon (you can Buy on Amazon here)
Author: Catherine Taylor
Genre: Historical, Romance
Publisher: The Cameo Press
Rating: ***** (5/5 Stars)
About: In 1916 1st Lieutenant Robert Lovett is a patient at Coldbrook Hall military hospital in Sussex, England. A gifted artist, he’s been wounded fighting in the Great War. Shell shocked and suffering from hysterical blindness he can no longer see his own face, let alone paint, and life seems increasingly hopeless.
A century later in 2017, medical student Louisa Casson has just lost her beloved grandmother – her only family. Heartbroken, she drowns her sorrows in alcohol on the South Downs cliffs – only to fall accidentally part-way down. Doctors fear she may have attempted suicide, and Louisa finds herself involuntarily admitted to Coldbrook Hall – now a psychiatric hospital, an unfriendly and chaotic place.
Then one day, while secretly exploring the old Victorian hospital’s ruined, abandoned wing, Louisa hears a voice calling for help, and stumbles across a dark, old-fashioned hospital room. Inside, lying on the floor, is a mysterious, sightless young man, who tells her he was hurt at the Battle of the Somme, a WW1 battle a century ago. And that his name is Lieutenant Robert Lovett…
Review: So a friend from work recommended I read this book, and I’m so glad she did.
I loved it! Like I could not recommend it enough.
My only complaint is that it ended. I just didn’t want it to stop, I wanted to know more about the two main characters (and what their relationship would be like in future).
I’m not normally a fan of books that split between characters, but it just made this book perfect.
I think it helped that it was so well-written. It is successful in combining a factual account of men and women’s roles in the era of WW1. But the author manages to do from a historical as well as modern day perspective.
It was something new, and I haven’t read a book like it.
I mean I haven’t read all books obviously, and I know that there are time-traveling books out there. But even though this is my first time traveling book that I’ve read, I loved it!
I appreciated a lot about this book.
But what I really liked was the fact that the main lead was a sweet gentleman, and not the stereotypical tough guy that comes along with most novels. There was something quite refreshing about him, I certainly felt myself drawn to him (another book crush here)!
I also loved the female lead. Her story was so touching, and I felt myself going through all the emotions that she was experiencing, the author certainly did a good job of taking you on an adventure.
The portrayal of the war and scenery, in general, was amazing.
It is clear the author did a lot of research on this. The author’s attention to detail and strong character building definitely has me interested in reading more of her work!