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A Twist of Fate by Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Gemma Dawson
Series: Thorne Manor #2
Published by Tantor Audio on October 5, 2021
Genres: Science Fiction Fantasy
Length: 9 hours, 30 minutes
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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.
Twist of Fate is the second book in the gothic romance series A Stitch in Time. Rosalind Courtenay left for a ride on her horse one night and was presumed dead. No one has seen her in 5 years. Nothing could be farther from the truth; she is alive and well and accidentally living in the 21st century instead of the 19th. She thought herself forever stuck until she found a way back to the time period she left and the husband and child who think her gone forever.
I had such a great time with the first story in this series that I didn’t think there was any possibly way I could like this one more. But I was so wrong. In A Twist of Fate, Rosalind is back in her time but it has been five years and what if her husband remarried. In a bid to ascertain some information on the last five years, she is tricked into becoming a governess in the home of her husband and child. This is a chance to build a bond with the baby turned young boy and bide her time until she can be reunited with her husband currently out on business. There is just one pesky problem, all the governesses so far have been run off by a ghost and now someone or something is trying to do the same to Rosalind as well.
The plot to this story was so much more than I thought it would be. It was great getting to see Rosalind and Edmund (her son) spend time together and really start to build a relationship. August was a bit of a dolt in the beginning as he didn’t recognize her through her disguise but you could tell that even after five years he still pined for the wife he lost either to his jealousy or her death. Kelley Armstrong got me again in the end as I didn’t guess the identity of the ghost until she hit me in the face with it. A fine twist it was and while I didn’t get any hints for if there would be a next book in the series, I hope there is one. Both A Stitch in Time and A Twist of Fate can be read as standalone novels.
Gemma Dawson is a great fit to the 19th century gothic feel of the story. She gives the story a real haunted vibe when needed. I enjoyed her performance and she was able to make Rosalind really come to life in her struggle to put her family back together and the doubt she has in her ability to do just that. I was able to listen to this at my usual 1.5X speed.
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