Title: The Forgotten Gift.

Author: Kathleen McGurl.

Genre: Historical/dual timeline.

Publication Date: 11th November 2020.

Standalone Novel.

Estimated Page Count – 350.

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‘Don’t know. It’d be weird, knowing those genes are in you. But if the ancestor was distant enough, the genes would be watered down.’



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What would you do to protect the ones you love?

1861: George’s life changes forever the day he meets Lucy. She’sbeautiful 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 sheknows on its head…

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About the author:

Kathleen McGurl lives in Bournemouth with her husband. She has two sons who have both now left home. She always wanted to write, and for many years was waiting until she had the time. Eventually she came to the bitter realisation that no one would pay her for a year off work to write a book, so she sat down and started to write one anyway.

Since then she has published several novels with HQ and self-published another. She has also sold dozens of short stories to women’s magazines, and written three How To books for writers. After a long career in the IT industry she became a fulltime writer in 2019


The story was beautifully written and intriguing as well. I haven’t read a lot of dual timelines but the way she connected the two realities was unsurpassed. Discovering your own father is a criminal would be tough for anyone to handle and i really loved how Cassie handled the truth.

‘Jesus. You killed your own friend. You were worried you’d be caught burgling a house and so you stabbed him to death.’


Based on every single thing said above, I’ll give this book a [7/10] rating!


You’d be furious with me if I commented on a woman’s body in her swimsuit. Doesn’t it work both ways?’

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