Secrets of the Mist #BookReview #BlogTour #Aria #NetGalley

Written by Kate Ryder


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A gorgeous timeslip romance for fans of Kate Mosse, Diana Gabaldon and Barbara Erskine.

Maddie is restless in London. She has friends, a job and a sort-of boyfriend, but something in her life is missing.

Then she visits the ancient village of Walditch, deep in the Dorset countryside. Something stirs in her, and on a whim she buys a centuries-old cottage and moves there three months later. Her friends think she’s crazy, but for Maddie it feels like coming home.

Late at night in the cottage, Maddie hears strange noises and sees mist gathering indoors and out. When she starts investigating the cottage’s history, she becomes drawn into the tragic story of a family who lived here 400 years ago. Meanwhile, Maddie starts to fall in love with a local carpenter – but he has a relationship already…

Can Maddie solve the riddle of the past? What is her connection with the family that lived there so many years ago? And can she and her true love ever be together?


Previously published as The Forgotten Promise.


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Interesting & Appealing!    Stars 4


This is a bit different from my usual type of read; as a skeptic it took me a bit longer to get into it, but it’s a good story!

Maddie is a bit of a high-flyer; working for a production company she finds herself on location in Dorset when she spots a cottage for sale, and just knows it’s meant for her! Three months later she moves in, and it definitely feels like home, but then there are some strange goings on which puzzle her. When it happens again, Maddie knows she needs to find out more about her new home . . .

I have to say, upfront, that with the first strange occurrence I would have been out of there – at speed. Maddie, however, embraces the situation and as she settles in, making friends and finding work, she begins to explore the history of the area. Cleverly entwining the present with the past, this is a very readable tale. Dorset isn’t a part of Britain that I’m familiar with and the author does an excellent job of making the area both interesting and appealing! A truly lovely story and one I surprised myself by enjoying as much as I did, and certainly an author I’ll look out for in future. Four shining stars for this one!

My thanks to publisher Aria for my copy via NetGalley, and especially to Vicky Joss for my spot in this Blog Tour. All stated opinions are both entirely honest and completely my own.


Tags: timeslip romance
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Aria
  • Publication Date: 19 September 2019
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Author Bio


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Kate Ryder writes romantic suspense with a true-to-life narrative. Her passion is writing (a period during which she studied acting only confirmed her preference for writing rather than performing!). Since then she has worked in the publishing, tour operating and property industries, and has travelled widely. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. Kate lives in Cornwall with her husband and a newly acquired rescue cat.

In 2017 Kate signed a 4-book publishing contract with Aria (digital imprint of award-winning independent publisher, Head of Zeus). Her first novel, ‘Summer in a Cornish Cove’, saw her nominate for the RNA’s 2018 Joan Hessayon award. Under it’s original self-published title, ‘The Forgotten Promise’, ‘Secrets of the Mist#, was shortlisted for Choc Lit’s “Search for a Star” and awarded a Chill with a Book “Book of the Month”.


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