‘The Forgotten Gift’ by Kathleen McGurl

The Forgotten Gift: Gripping and unputdownable historical fiction with a mystery to uncover by [Kathleen McGurl]


What would you do to protect the ones you love?

1861. George’s life changes forever the day he meets Lucy. She’s beautiful and charming, and he sees a future with her that his position as the second son in a wealthy family has never offered him. But when Lucy dies in a suspected poisoning days after rejecting George, he finds himself swept up into a murder investigation. George loved Lucy; he would never have harmed her. So who did?

Now. On the surface Cassie is happy with her life: a secure job, good friends, and a loving family. When a mysterious gift in a long-forgotten will leads her to a dark secret in her family’s history she’s desperate to learn more. But the secrets in Cassie’s family aren’t all hidden in the past, and her research will soon lead her to a revelation much closer to home – and which will turn everything she knows on its head…

My Review

I have read a couple of Kathleen’s books now and I have thoroughly enjoyed them.  I read the synopsis for ‘The Forgotten Gift’ and it certainly appealed to me on so many different levels.  I couldn’t wait to start reading and so without further ado, I grabbed a cup of tea, grabbed my Kindle and settled down for what I hoped was going to be a cracking read.  I was spot on too because this really was a cracking read, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading but more about that in a bit.

It didn’t take me long at all to get into this story.  In fact by the time I got to the end of the first couple of chapters, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to put this book down for long.  As the story continued, I had more questions that needed answering and I had to keep reading to see if my questions were going to be answered and whether or not I was on the right track.  I loved the fact that Cassie was researching her family tree and that she uncovers a big family secret that had been kept hidden for years.  I am also researching my family tree and it really is fascinating.  I have come across many family skeletons as the saying goes.  I loved the historical aspect to the story.  In fact I cannot think of one single thing that I didn’t like about this book.

‘The Forgotten Gift’ is superbly written but then I think that to be true of Kathleen’s books in general.  The story is written using two different timelines- there are chapters focussing on the past and on George’s story and there are chapters focussing on the present and on Cassie’s story and her discovery of what happened in the past.  I did wonder if this might prove to be a bit confusing but I needn’t have worried because the chapters interlink well and the story flows seamlessly.  The chapters focussing on the past are written using more formal and historical language and the chapters focussing on the future are written using more modern language.  I genuinely felt as though I was part of the story myself and that’s down to Kathleen’s realistic and very vivid storytelling.  I was gripped by the story from start to finish.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Forgotten Gift’ and I would definitely recommend it to other readers.  I will certainly be reading more of this author’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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