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Publisher's Summary

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, 20 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.

©2020 K.L.A. Fricke Inc (P)2020 K.L.A. Fricke Inc

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Another amazing story and great narration

I am so sad to be finishing another Kelley Armstrong story. This story has love, sensuality, paranormal activity and all the strings tied up at the end. Great job by Samantha as well.

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Great premise but did not deliver

Please note I have never reviewed a book before, but I was so dismayed by this one I felt compelled to.

Having recently read a number of Jane Austen and Bronte novels, I was thrilled to find A Stitch in Time. From all the glowing reviews, I expected a masterfully written novel.

The first third of the book was promising. The author spends some time developing the main character, and I expected some substance to the development of the relationship between the 21st century female lead and her 19th century gentleman.

I was sorely disappointed.

Instead of the development of a genuine relationship between the two characters, it descended right away into a Harlequin romance. I can enjoy a steamy sex scene in a novel, but in this one all of the sexual content felt distasteful and out of place. Half of their dialogue/exchanges consists of him wanting to see her in more revealing modern clothing, and overt references to sex.
For a gentleman of his time, any behavior even slightly approaching this would be totally appalling. Akin to, say, a lecherous old man creeping on a prepubescent girl in our time.
It just all felt horribly wrong and distinctly unromantic.

Despite all this sexual content, the chemistry between them felt completely forced.
The heroine has a lackluster personality. I really had no sense of why he would have loved her. I would have much preferred the author showed us what it was he adored about her, besides her breasts!

As for the ghostly mystery part, it was ok, although somewhat confusing and with inconsistencies. Unfortunately the heroine seemed only mildly interested in it herself, and doesn't show much presence of mind or resolve to deal with it until the very end.

The narration is ok, but the nasally/gravely voice the narrator affects for William really does nothing to help with the impression of him being a creepy old man.

Perhaps I would not have been so disappointed in this book if I hadn't been recently reading Austen and Bronte, but I really struggled to enjoy this.

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Suspenseful, fun, romantic

Great story line, great narrator as well! Always love Kelley Armstrong books, this one is no different.

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Enjoyable!

I’m not one for romances but I very much enjoyed this novel. It’s a nice summer listen, which made me smile and at times, laugh. Very much recommend if you’re in the mood for a fun, romantic story.

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Good old fashioned romance with a twist of mystery

Overall good book, typical for its genre. Very enjoyable, easy to listen to, good performance and nice ending.

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Wow! I haven't heard such a good story in a long t

Absolutely loved this story and wish this became a series! Please consider it! I want more!!

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Fantastic

Loved everything about this story, . Kept me Interested all the way through with great suspense .

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Loved every second

So good, always wondering how it will work out and who the killer is. such a great listen. wished their were more. so good so sad it's done.

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A perfect escape

That was honesty one of the most entertaining and enjoyable books I’ve listened to in a long time. Kudos to the waiter and narrator for somehow making me laugh out loud, swoon and hide under my blanket in terror in the span of a few short hours. Bravo!

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The narration was awful

The book may have been amazing. I am from Yorkshire and couldn’t bare to listen to her attempt of speaking. Ruined the whole story to listen too. Only made it to 1 chapter. The book should be good.

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  • Becca
  • 2020-10-22

Even Better Than I Hoped!

I was given free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review:

When I saw time-travel, ghost story, romance, and mystery all in one book by one of my favorite authors, I about jumped out of my chair. This was everything I wanted and more, and I finished it in one day, staying up way too late in the process. I only wish there could be more of this book. It's been ages since I've been so sucked into a novel, and I almost want to read it again straightaway. It was that good.

Admittedly, I really came to this book for the Victorian, manor on the moors, romance with a brooding gentleman, but I ended up being just as hooked by the mystery and the way it unfolded. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, either losing myself in the romance or waiting to see what Bronwyn would discover next. More than once, I was also pretty spooked my the ghosts, but I'm admittedly pretty weak when it comes to horror. The romance was still very much the heart of the story, but the ghosts and the way they interacted with the romance added just enough suspense to keep the pages turning.

Likewise, I absolutely adored both leads and the way their relationship felt so real despite being between a Victorian English lord and a modern Canadian history professor. Both were charming, interesting, realistic, and endearing, and I was absolutely smitten with them and their romance (and the realistic ways they had to manage being in different time periods).

Narration was superb, and she handled accents incredibly well! I honestly forgot it was a woman voicing William more than once.

I would recommend this to fans of romance, particularly historical romance, who want more depth and plot than you usually find in a bodice-ripper. It was perfect for the Halloween season without being too scary, and a truly immersive reading (listening) experience.

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  • Sandra Miller
  • 2021-02-07

three words: verb tense agreement

Ok. so I stumbled on this today and the plot sounded intriguing. This is the first title from this author that I have read. Probably will be my last. I'd give 5 stars for the premise. The concept of an outlander type plot, complete with time travel, ghosts, and a haunting mystery.
However the authors technical skills, or lack thereof, ruined the story for me. I couldn't get past the present/past tense flipping (that sometimes happen in middle sentence). I write as an amateur and that is an epic feaux pas. And to be honest I wasn't fond of the political correctness. I read to escape politics and real life.
all in all good plot. good premise. poor technical writing.

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  • ❤️Cyndi Marie❤️🎧Audiobook Addicts🎧
  • 2020-10-14

✫✫ 3.75 Stars ✫✫

I'm going to have to go with 3.75 Stars for this one. This book was a very slow book for 75% of the story but then it got exciting and turned out to have a great ending. I liked how everything wraps up and that we get a happy ending. I have some questions about the time travel that didn't really work for me but all in all most of it made sense. The narration was good, in the beginning I struggled with the accents but I got used to them and was easily able to understand the few characters with the odd accent.

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  • Brian
  • 2020-12-18

Wonderful story; outstanding performance

I love the Otherworld novels by Kelley Armstrong and thought I would give this a try. Truly fantastic. The characters come to life through a combination of superb writing and outstanding performance. More historical romance Kelley! Please!

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  • Cindyf
  • 2020-10-28

Another great read!

Loved this book! I expected a love story, the mystery was a bonus. I love the combined elements of mystery, love story and the supernatural elements of ghosts and time travel. I love Kelley Armstrong's books because they never disappoint and this is no exception. The narrator does a good job with voices and accents as well.

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  • Chandra R Guill
  • 2021-01-21

Fantastic!

I loved this book. It was a great story, well written. The narrator was very easy to listen to. I definitely recommend the book and I have listened to it twice!

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  • Heather Woods
  • 2020-12-19

Thoroughly enjoyable...

This is not my normal type of story, and nothing I would have normally purchased. However, I’m a huge Kelley Armstrong fan, and was in between listens and decided to give it a shot while waiting for the new Casey Duncan book to be released. I’m so glad I did. Excellent story, excellent narration. Kelley did it again!

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  • Bloomings4
  • 2020-10-22

So good!

I absolutely loved this book. I read every Kelley Armstrong book that comes out and was surprised to see a different type of story then I'm used to reading by her, but it is well worth the read. Kelley keeps you on the edge of your seat and pulls you through the mystery as is per usual in any of her books, the time travel however was a very pleasant surprise. As someone who also has read and is obsessed with Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, it pulled me in all the more with this story. I love how I can never guess the ending or who the bad guy is, and this book as no different in that aspect. I think the only thing that had me a little disappointed was the ending, it seemed a little rushed and overly corny than I'm used to, but that may just be my own opinion. All in all amazing book! I highly recommend everyone to read this one.

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  • Katieann8270
  • 2021-01-05

Favorite author

Wonderful narrator for one of my favorite authors. Loved this book so much! Time travel books have always been a favorite of mine!

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  • Meg
  • 2020-12-17

Loved it!

I love historical time travel stories and this did not dissapoint! I only hope the author continues the story!

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  • Ekou
  • 2020-10-20

Creative and Wonderful

Kelley redesigned the time travelling stereotype and added her unique mythos and hidden symbology.