by Kelley Armstrong
Publication Date: October 13, 2020/October 31, 2020
(Goodreads/Amazon shows 10/13 while Netgalley provided me with 10/31 but it seems to be available already)
**I was provided a copy of the book through NetGalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed it. All opinions are my own.**
Time slips, lost love, and a haunted manor…oh my! As a child, Bronwyn visited Thorne Manor nearly every summer but stopped due to extenuating circumstances. She becomes convinced William, a boy she befriends after traveling to the past, was just a figment of her imagination and ghosts aren’t real. Of course, this all changes after the first ghost appears when she returns to Thorne Manor, and she accidentally meets William again.
A Stitch in Time is a story for those who are faint of heart but still want to enjoy a book with ghosts in it. It’s not terribly scary—this comes from someone timid about anything frightening—so the book is certified for reading alone at night but just to be safe you should leave the light on. The ghosts won’t have you hiding under the covers but they’re creepy enough that you’ll shrink into yourself to get away from the pages while your eyes stayed glued for what’s coming next.
Part of the reason why it isn’t as scary is that the haunting of Thorne Manor takes a backseat to the romance. I always find rekindling lost love to be compelling and Armstrong makes a strong case for Bronwyn and William reuniting. What’s better than lost love except lost love separated by hundreds of years? Also, can you deny them a relationship after how they meet again more than twenty years later? (Rawr!) While I liked the romance a lot, sometimes the excessive focus on the romance meant less time for the mysteries surrounding the ghosts. (I never thought I’d say that…ever.)
I like time slips but one of the most difficult things about crafting a book with time travel is all the rules that come with it, and the book didn’t seem to have many of those. Overall, the book is entertaining but it is best enjoyed when the time travel rules, or lack of them, can be overlooked.