A Time to Change (A Mandeville Mystery, #1) by Callie Langridge

A Time to Change (A Mandeville Mystery, #1) by Callie Langridge

Title:  A Time to Change
Series: A Mandeville Mystery, #1
Author: Callie Langridge
Publisher: Storm Publishing 
Genre:  General Fiction (Adult), Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction
Format:  Kindle
No. of Pages:  348
Date of US Publication:  24 July, 2023
My Rating:  3.5 Stars

My Thoughts 

I love a good time travel novel that I can really sink into and this wound up fitting the bill quite nicely. 

The synopsis appealed to me and I began this one without expectations, not quite sure what to expect.  While this started off on the slow side for me, I soon found myself invested in the story and will say that A Time to Change turned out to be an engaging and enjoyable read.

Thank you to Storm Publishing and NetGalley for the DRC


I really didn’t want this story to end… An emotional rollercoaster of a read… the author captivated me heart and soul and I loved everything about it.” Online reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Present Day. Louisa Arnold has always loved Hill House. As a little girl she played in the derelict manor’s overgrown gardens and peered through its cracked ballroom windows, hoping to glimpse spectral lords and ladies dancing within. The tragic story of the wealthy former owners, the Mandevilles, even inspired her to want to teach history. But, trapped by the hardship she grew up in, Lou fears that dream is forever out of reach.

After a terrible loss, Lou runs to hide within the house’s ruined halls. To her astonishment, Hill House begins to transform around her – in place of rotting floors and sagging ceilings, are vast silk rugs of embroidered roses and majestic crystal chandeliers. Maids and footmen flit busily around her – is Lou dreaming, or could she actually be standing in this place as it was a hundred years ago?

Lou is mystified by the warm welcome she receives as a guest of the illustrious Mandeville family. Over tea parties and shoots, banquets and dancing, she’s suddenly living the life she always dreamed of. And, though she tries to fight it, she’s increasingly drawn to the Mandeville heir, Thomas – whose heart-breaking fate she knows well from the pages of history.

As Lou falls more in love with this world that she never imagined could be hers, the truth about Hill House and the destiny of its family begins to unravel around her. Will the past run its stubborn course, swallowing Lou in its wake, or can she save this beautiful place and the people she’s come to treasure from certain ruin?

A heart-breaking, beautiful, emotional and unputdownable read, for fans of The Time Traveller’s Wife, Fiona Valpy and Lucinda Riley.

What readers are saying about A Time to Change:

Loved this book.Didn’t want it to end. Cried at the end.” Online reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Took my breath away in a way I never thought was possible… filled my arms with copious amounts of goosebumps, whilst also pricking my eyes with unshed tears… It broke my heart, then it fixed it again.” Online reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I just couldn’t get enough of it… I really didn’t want this story to end. I was so wrapped up in it… An emotional rollercoaster of a read… Right from the start the author captivated me heart and soul and I loved everything about it. An absolute must read!” Online reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“A really powerful and heart-wrenching novel about love and self-sacrifice… It is beautifully written and for a few hours I got lost in its pages … Now it is ended and I feel bereft… a most beautiful and fabulous novel.” Online reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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