When Destiny Calls
by Tricia McGill
GENRE: Time-Travel Romance
From one crazy period in history to another.
Whisked by some unseen force from the Covid-19 ridden world of 2020 in Australia to an equally horrific time in the past, carer Chloe Simpson finds herself in North London during the Blitz of 1940. Could it be that Chloe became too immersed in the stories related to her by Minnie, a woman in the Australian nursing home where she cares for elderly people? Stories about the dreadful days and nights endured during the Blitz.
Engrossed in the stories surrounding photographs in 98-year-old Minnie Clacton’s cherished album, back in time, Chloe meets up with the young Minnie plus her own Great Great Grandmother Aggie.
In the midst of an air raid, Chloe is discovered, wet and confused, by a man and his dog. A man and his canine companion coincidentally appeared prominently in the photo album alongside the young Minnie and Aggie. Did Chloe answer the call of Destiny?
The grass beneath me was very wet, and I lay staring up through the branches of a nearby tree as the thought crossed my mind that it was very dark. I could have sworn there were a few lights on in the park, and I recalled that I was on the way to the car park when I fell—or was pushed. In fact, my car was in sight just across the road, and hadn’t I pressed the unlock button?
I heard what sounded like the drone of a far-off plane—or perhaps it was the police helicopter doing its usual sweep over the city. I rubbed my hand over my forehead, shocked when I realised it was sticky with blood. Wanting to see what was wrong, I scrabbled about in my pocket for my phone. It wasn’t there. Panic set in then. My attackers must have stolen it along with my car.
Confused and sore, I pushed myself into a sitting position when a dog appeared in front of me. His wet nose touched my chin, and then he swiped his tongue over my face. “Hello boy,” I said, sounding croaky, “Where did you spring from?” I had not seen many dogs in this park before, and certainly none without an owner at the end of their leash. I looked around and frowned. Surely, I had been sitting on a bench—it couldn’t have disappeared while I fainted, or whatever I did before landing on the grass.
I just don’t know where to start with this one. The first thing that comes to my mind is that this book talks about Covid-19. Weird, huh? Second, I love a good time travel romance and this one delivers. Third, the history. Oh my word, I really felt like I was in the Blitz. When I read that Ms. McGill is a Brit by birth and now lives in Oz, the whole tone of the book changed for me. I finally got it. I know, I’m slow sometimes.
The history is so interesting and at times weird. Like no bathrooms in homes. Having to use public baths once a week. Spit baths the rest of the time. Shaking my head…Okay, so I wouldn’t have made it during that time but the other parts of the story, I totally understood. I watch too many documentaries in regards the WWII, so I was aware of the times during the Blitz. What was intriguing to me is how the women dealt with everyday life and then wondering if their loved ones would ever come home. Not to mention what happens when they do come home.
Chloe is a great character. She never lost her identity throughout the whole book. She always knew where she came from and just learned to live with it. However, I was a little perplexed while reading the book about the “hook” to see her try to get home. Most time travel books do that but Ms. McGill didn’t do that all with this one. This book is more about the family saga that follows Chloe and the rest of her life. Bill is a dream but I could see why he just wanted everything swept under the rug in the beginning. There was a scene that just didn’t sit right with me in regards to the photo album but in the end, it made sense.
This is a sweet/sensual love story that transcends time. It’s historical, the pacing and flow are phenomenal, the characters are a breath of fresh air, and did I mention that there is a dog, too? If I had one thing to say somewhat perplexing to me is the ending. I swear I read it three times and I still don’t get it. I hope that maybe a fourth time, I will finally understand the ending. Or maybe I will have to email Ms. McGill. But hey, a re-read will be in order before I do that. 🙂
If you like time travel, WWII, and an epic love story/ family saga, this one is for you. I found myself totally emersed in Chloe’s story and so will you. You might chuckle a time or two, sigh more than a few more times, and overall, want to re-read it again just like me.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Award-winning author Tricia McGill spent her early days in Highbury, London, England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne. The youngest in a large, loving family, she was never lonely or alone. Surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer. Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart.
Tricia’s love of animals has always shown up in her books. Tricia devotes as much time and money as she can spare to supporting worldwide conservation groups and is passionate about supporting those who do all they can to preserve our wildlife for future generations. She also volunteers for a local community group that helps disabled adults and children to connect to the internet with provided computer equipment. When people ask what she does in her spare time, she is heard to ask, “Spare time, what is that?”
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