Hello everyone! Today I am back with a new blog post, and this one is a fun one! I was invited to take part in a blog tour for the debut book The Past is Present by Kathleen Webb!
**All opinions are my own**
After the untimely death of her mother and father, twenty-four year old Catherine Morgan leaves the Cambridge home where she has spent the better part of her life, to move to Cornwall. She takes a job as a teacher, working in an old rambling school which has been converted from a domestic home, perched high up on a hilltop, overlooking the beautiful Cornish coastline.
Out of the blue a letter arrives from a bank in Switzerland, advising Catherine that she is the sole heir to a fortune of over thirty million dollars. With no living relatives, save for a great aunt in the USA, Catherine sets out to uncover the source of this staggering inheritance, and to unravel the mystery that lies behind it.
With the help of her great aunt, Catherine begins to dig deep into long forgotten family secrets. Strange dreams begin to plague her. She is haunted by the eerie feeling that someone from her family’s past is trying to help her. Catherine must work to make sense of the past while defending herself, and her fortune, from someone in the present who will stop at nothing to secure the money for themselves.
The first thing I have to say about this book is that I did not really enjoy the writing style. It was a little difficult to get into initially. It feels a little juvenile and basic, but once I got used to it, I was able to enjoy the story more.
Besides that, I did enjoy the story. The main character, Catherine, was very likable. I felt myself relating to many of the things she was saying,
The story also switches between two different times. It was done pretty well, but it felt a little forced at times. There were some plot holes that were left unfinished, but for a debut novel, the storyline itself was decent.
Towards the end, the book really picked up, which I appreciated. There were some twists and exciting events that I enjoyed reading.
Overall, I would give this book a 3/5 stars. It was okay, but definitely could have been improved upon.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and thank you to Faye for hosting this blog tour! See you in my next post :)