“These old buildings have been witness to a lot of life and if momentous things have taken place in them, well… Memories linger, and sometimes we who follow are privileged to learn of them.”
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I know romance is not my typical genre, but I do love my historical fiction and there was just something about this timeslip romance story that caught my attention. Not only has Secrets Of The Mist a stunning cover, but the blurb instantly intrigued me. And I’m definitely glad I made the decision to read this story, because it was without doubt a beautifully written and poignant read.
Secrets Of The Mist is set in a little Dorset village, Walditch, and the author does a fantastic job describing the setting of both the village and its surroundings. The story really came alive for me that way and the Dorset setting is one of the reasons I enjoyed this story that much. Another reason is the historical and timeslip aspect of Secrets Of The Mist. The historical elements are cleverly woven into a contemporary romance story and this adds that air of mystery and a hint of the paranormal to the story. Like Maddie, we have no idea what exactly she is experiencing in the cottage or how it could relate to the present… Through Maddie’s experiences with the ‘happenings’, we slowly get to build a picture of the past and what happened in the 17th century. The historical element was one of my favorite aspects of this story.
Then we have the characters… Things can be said about certain actions and behavior, but I actually liked both Maddie and Nick. Quite a few less important characters are likewise charming, but those two really stood out for me. Their development is without doubt interesting albeit a bit predictable. That said, I could have done without the love triangle and I did find Dan to be highly annoying and unlikeable… But the Dorset charm and mystery around the past made up for this feeling. The writing is solid and made it really easy to full immerse myself into this story. And despite the predictability of certain aspects of the plot, a love triangle and a few disagreable characters, I can’t deny this is a wonderful read fans of both contemporary romance and historical romance will appreciate.