Kathleen McGurl – The Girl From Bletchley Park

Kathleen McGurl is an author who excels at historical and dual time line fiction. This book encompasses all the above. Set in the present day and during the Second World War, I found this an emotional and absorbing read right from the first page. First the synopsis.

A country at war. A heartbreaking betrayal.

Kathleen McGurl

1942. Three years into the war, Pam turns down her hard-won place at Oxford University to become a codebreaker at Bletchley Park. There, she meets two young men, both keen to impress her, and Pam finds herself falling hard for one of them. But as the country’s future becomes more uncertain by the day, a tragic turn of events casts doubt on her choice – and Pam’s loyalty is pushed to its limits…

Present day. Julia is struggling to juggle her career, two children and a husband increasingly jealous of her success. Her brother presents her with the perfect distraction: forgotten photos of their grandmother as a young woman at Bletchley Park. Why did her grandmother never speak of her time there? The search for answers leads Julia to an incredible tale of betrayal and bravery – one that inspires some huge decisions of her own…

I have always adored a time slip story and the fact the time slip took me to 1942 is even more reason to love this story. I am a history nerd and always feel like I take information away with me from any historical fiction book I read. This one it’s Bletchley Park I learned more about.

Our two main characters are Pamela, the grandmother and Julia her granddaughter. Pams story from 1942 shows us she was a very bright young girl recruited to help the war effort because her mathematical ability. We also see the young man she falls in love with. Kathleen McGurl always writes with so much feeling and plenty of detail that I feel like I am there.

Back in the present day we are witness to Julia’s life and we see she is a very clever coder and boss of a computer company run from her home.Her husband is a jealous man due to her success. When her brother finds some old photos of their grandmother, and they develop a reel of film from a Box Brownie, she starts to try to discover the truth of what her grandmother did, and why she never talked about it. We see the grandmother and grand daughters lives run parallel when Julia discovers she has been betrayed by her business partner and she needs to make life-changing decisions.

I was equally engrossed in both sides of the story, which were told by alternating chapters within this book. The two women with decades between them both do have more in common than they would have ever thought. A story that has you turning the pages so quick just to find out everything!

Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources and HQ Digital for my gifted copy of the book.

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Author Bio

Kathleen McGurl lives near the coast in Christchurch, England. She writes dual timeline novels in which a historical mystery is uncovered and resolved in the present day. She is married to an Irishman and has two adult sons. She enjoys travelling, especially in her motorhome around Europe.

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