Living in the Past by Jane Lovering

19th February 2018

What the publisher says:

Do you ever wish you could turn back time?
Grace Nicholls has a few reasons for wanting to turn back the clock … although an archaeological dig at a Bronze Age settlement on the Yorkshire moors is not what she had in mind. But encouraged by her best friend Tabitha, that’s exactly where she finds herself.

Professor Duncan McDonald is the site director and his earnest pursuit of digging up the past makes him appear distant and unreachable. But when a woman on the site goes missing, it seems that his own past might be coming back to haunt him once again.

As they dig deeper, Duncan and Grace get more than they bargained for – and come to realise that the past is much closer than either of them ever imagined …

What I say:

Grace is talked into spending the summer on an archeological dig by her friend Tabitha.  She is not impressed by Duncan, the director of the dig but finds herself having to share a tent with him when Tabitha’s partner arrives too.  Duncan is reluctant to get close to anyone due to an incident in his past which he reveals to Grace when the police feel the need to speak to him.

Grace is quite happy about this as she is still mourning the death of her husband and since Duncan is grumpy, uncommunicative and scruffy.  One of which you may expect from someone who spends most of his time digging holes to uncover details from lives past.

The book takes an unusual turn when Grace discovers she can jump time between the present day and the past. Unwittingly, Grace uncovers details about the village during Bronze Age times as she visits and builds relations with one of the inhabitants.   To say much more would give away too much storyline so I will end there.

This really is a book which covers a few themes – romance, time slip, history, each handled well and with a story that flows beautifully.  I read the whole thing very quickly as it was such a delight


Rating 5 out of 5


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