A strange twist of fate connects a British soldier fighting in the First World War in 1916 with a young woman living in modern-day England a century later, in this haunting literary time travel novel.
In 1916 1st Lieutenant Robert Lovett is a patient at Coldbrook Hall military hospital in Sussex, England. A gifted artist, he’s been wounded fighting in the Great War. Shell shocked and suffering from hysterical blindness he can no longer see his own face, let alone paint, and life seems increasingly hopeless.
A century later in 2017, medical student Louisa Casson has just lost her beloved grandmother – her only family. Heartbroken, she drowns her sorrows in alcohol on the South Downs cliffs – only to fall accidentally part-way down. Doctors fear she may have attempted suicide, and Louisa finds herself involuntarily admitted to Coldbrook Hall – now a psychiatric hospital, an unfriendly and chaotic place.
Then one day, while secretly exploring the old Victorian hospital’s ruined, abandoned wing, Louisa hears a voice calling for help, and stumbles across a dark, old-fashioned hospital room. Inside, lying on the floor, is a mysterious, sightless young man, who tells her he was hurt at the Battle of the Somme, a WW1 battle a century ago. And that his name is Lieutenant Robert Lovett…
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Beyond The Moon by Catherine Taylor was a wonderfully time travel story. There is a twist on the time travel, so this isn’t a typical scifi travel. It was refreshing and entertaining.
I really enjoy the characters. Robert is a sweet gentleman, which I thought was refreshing. He responded to different circumstances in ways I thought were appropriate and it drew me closer to him. Louisa is also excellent. Her past is tough, and I found myself feeling her emotions.
Overall, Beyond the Moon is a beautiful story that kept me invested. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. Don’t miss out.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to be on the blog tour. I received a free copy of this book to review honestly. All opinions are my own and unbiased.
Catherine Taylor was born and grew up on the island of Guernsey in the British Channel Islands. She is a former journalist, most recently for Dow Jones News and The Wall Street Journal in London. Beyond The Moon is her first novel.
She lives in Ealing, London with her husband and two children.
Liz May Brice is an English actress. She is known for roles such as the convicted murderer Pat Kerrigan on ITV1’s Bad Girls, and Agent Johnson in Torchwood: Children of Earth.
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