October 16, 2021

A Twist of Fate

A Twist of Fate (A Stitch in Time #2)

by Kelley Armstrong

Published October 5, 2021
by Subterranean Press

Rating: 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: SciFi/Fantasy / Historical Fiction / Romance

From the Publisher:

Four years ago, Rosalind Courtenay stumbled from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first, where she has been trapped ever since, leaving her husband and infant son behind. Now she’s found her way back.

The problem, of course, is how to explain her absence to her husband. Does he think she abandoned him? Has he remarried? Is he happy in a new life? Rosalind decides to don a disguise in hopes of answering her questions before showing up on his doorstep. Instead, a twist of fate has her mistaken for her young son’s new governess.

Rosalind has every intention of revealing herself as soon as August returns home from business. Until then, she’ll get to know her son, a quiet child who has inexplicably been abandoned by an endless stream of governesses. That’s when the hauntings begin. Rosalind has finally come home and something—or someone—doesn’t just want her gone. They want her dead.

My Thoughts:

I loved A Stitch in Time so I was very excited when I learned that Kelley Armstrong was writing a sequel. A Twist of Fate is just as good as the first one! If you like a bit of time travel mixed with historical fiction mixed with some paranormal stuff and a mystery, this book is for you.

Rosalind Courtenay unexpectedly finds herself transported from late 19th Century Yorkshire, England to the same area in the 21st Century. She desperately wants to get back to her husband and young son, but until she figures out how, she has to learn to be a modern woman. She learns a lot of science along the way, supporting herself as a baker (and loves the more comfortable modern clothing). Once back “home”, she finds that four years have passed (in both eras) and she had to figure out how to get back what/who she lost when she time-traveled. This effort forms most of the story of A Twist of Fate. Plus there are ghosts!

I loved the idea of someone going from the Victorian era to the current day and back, and all the adjustments she had to make in both time periods.

While this is a sequel, it definitely can be read as a standalone with no problems. You do get a chance to revisit the main characters (Bronwyn and William) of A Stitch in Time, but only as minor characters here.

I will read anything Kelley Armstrong writes, because I know I will enjoy it immensely.

Thank you to NetGalley and Subterranean Press for the opportunity to read an advance readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own.