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A Twist of Fate (A Stitch in Time) Paperback – September 6, 2022
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Three years ago, Rosalind Courtenay stumbled from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first, where she has been trapped ever since, leaving her husband and infant son behind. Now she's found her way back.
The problem, of course, is how to explain her absence to her husband. Does he think she abandoned him? Has he remarried? Is he happy in a new life? Rosalind decides to don a disguise in hopes of answering her questions before showing up on his doorstep. Instead, a twist of fate has her mistaken for her young son's new governess.
Rosalind has every intention of revealing herself as soon as August returns home from business. Until then, she'll get to know her son, a quiet child who has inexplicably been abandoned by an endless stream of governesses. That's when the hauntings begin. Rosalind has finally come home and something-or someone-doesn't just want her gone. They want her dead.
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About the Author
- Publisher : Kla Fricke Inc (September 6, 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 284 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1989046355
- ISBN-13 : 978-1989046357
- Item Weight : 11.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.64 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #121,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I enjoyed the first book in the series so thoroughly that I bought this one without a second thought. However, while the first book was very effective at hitting the gothic-romance-mystery balance squarely on the head, this one surges FAR into Scooby Doo villain territory and is light on the romance.
Unlike William and Bronwyn’s story which was sprinkled liberally with sweet romantic moments and real suspense, this book was doused in manufactured suspense that just didn’t seem believable. I just had so many questions about the premise of the plot that I lost enjoyment very quickly. Rosalind ran to Thorne Manor after seeing William in the street, but… stopped to get a wig and contacts? And a bunch of makeup? Did she cross over with a huge stockpile of contact solution too? Makeup brushes, etc? What about her wig somehow looking presentable despite her sleeping in it, dunking it in stagnant water, etc? As a wig wearer, I laughed at the idea that her wig must have looked like a Halloween store wig and somehow nobody thought that was weird.
Furthermore, I read the explanation for why Rosalynn decided to wear a disguise. Then I read the explanation for why she continued and continued and continued to wear the disguise. It was a hell of a leap to begin with, and it just got worse as time went on. Seems like a strange choice to write a character who is so super intelligent but somehow thought this was not a dingbat idea. It just didn’t fit. I really had to do mental gymnastics to suspend my disbelief for this one.
Lastly, just personal preference but I like my romance to contain romance - which this did not except in the barest sense.
Twist of Fate, was definitely worth the wait! Immediately, Armstrong had me encased in this time traveling mystery romance. I felt the pain and devestation that Rosalind felt having been ripped from her world, her family and tossed into the future. You felt Rosalind desperation to return home to her family, to have what she had lost. Then upon Rosalind returning home to her time, she walks right into the biggest mystery of all. Well mysteries. Who is haunting the family? Who wants Rosalind gone so much they would go as far as to try and murder her? Is the family safe? Will Rosalind's husband recognize her upon his return?
Armstrong kept me on my toes with every page. I did not solve the mystery ahead of time. Which is exactly how I like my mystery books. She wrapped it all up in a beautiful box and a nice neat bow on top. Armstrong's characters are beautifuly written and well developed each with flaws of their own.
I know it's cliche to say, but I couldn't put this book down. It had my attention from the beginning to end, a fact my dog did not appreciate. I was delighted to see characters from Stitch in Time make an appearance to help our time traveling friend out, although this book can be read as a standalone.
I really enjoyed this book and the audio narrator was fabulous.
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A Twist of Fate by Kelley Armstrong
This is the 2nd book in her A Stitch in Time series. It’s a wonderful gothic mix of time travel, murder/mystery, suspense, ghosts and romance.
For me, the best part of this story are the characters, their relationships and personal growth.
It’s the story of Rosalind, a Victorian woman who accidentally steps through Thorne Manor’s time-slip, ending up 180 (or so) years into her future (our present) – leaving behind her husband and baby. Rosalind was thought to have either died in a riding accident, or run off and abandoned her husband August and baby son Edmund.
The story follows her return to her own time, and her reintegration into her family – complete with disguises, ghostly sightings, and a mysterious death.
Someone in the household though, doesn’t want Rosalind there and mayhem ensues.
What works least well is the set-up that allows Rosalind to return to her home, disguised as the new governess, and her self-talk/justification for pretending to be another woman.
What I’d like to see more of – her time in our present, how she adapted and managed to create and own her own business in only four years.
For me, the best part of this story is the developing relationship Rosalind has with Edmund – a quiet well-behaved child who learns to trust and enjoy his time with his mother.
Rosalind’s relationship with August also develops, and she’s much stronger for her time away. August too has grown during their enforced separation.
Unravelling the mystery includes a number of twists and turns I didn’t see coming.
More straightforward than A Stitch in Time, this was an equally enjoyable read. Looking forward to reading the third instalment.