I got The Forgotten Gift by Kathleen McGurl from Netgalley for a fair and honest review.

Published Date 11th November 2020.


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.


The Forgotten is a story based on two timelines, with the first set in the 21st century and the other set in the mid  19th century, and like most stories with two timelines, the latest one is looking for clues to what happened in the earlier one., then the earlier one says what actually happened/

In each time line there is told through the eyes of one person, the latest one is told through Cassiee, is a woman in her 30’s who is looking into her family genealogy as well as dealing with issues in the present.

The Older timeline is told through the eyes of George however this is told through his journal, which makes it very easy work out whose timeline you are in when reading the book.

For me the only weakness the story which is more of a personal  preference was that people were ever good or bad, there were very little shades of grey to me this would have taken the book to another level. 

Having said that, I loved the way that the story examined how there are many types of families out there and that they could have any number of secrets that people try to keep, however they have a habit of coming out.

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Who should read The Forgotten Gift? The forgotten gift is a story about families and how they all have hidden secrets from other members of the family.  To this end if you love books that show how secrets are kept but they do have a habit  of coming out this book is for you. 

As well as being about family secrets it is also a story of hope and how if we keep going then there will always be a solution to the problem, if either these appeal to you then you should read Kathleen McGurl’s latest book The Forgotten Gift.

Meet The Writer

Kathleen McGurl 

Kathlen McGur

lives in Bournemouth with her husband and cat. She has two grown-up sons who have 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 sold dozens of short stories to women’s magazines and written three books for writers. These days she is concentrating on longer fiction and has published several dual timeline novels with CarinaUK and HQ. She works full time in the IT industry and when she’s not writing, she’s often out running, slowly.

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