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A Similar Devotion

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In the North East of England at the dawn of the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, two women face tragedy and challenges.

Set within the compelling political landscape of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, and the complications and frustrations of the digital age, this dual romantic narrative shows that upheaval and revolution are no match for the constancies of love.

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Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 1st 2014 by Sacristy Press (first published December 22nd 2013)
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Judith Thomson
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well researched and interesting novel.
Cora Tea Party Princess
Jan 11, 2014 marked it as to-read
I want this so bad. Look at Bambrugh Castle sitting there all pretty on the cover. I need this.
Jude
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Set in Northern England at the turn of the eighteenth and twenty-first centuries, A Similar Devotion traces the compelling stories of two women separated by time, but brought together through commitment and devotion. The reader is introduced firstly to Dorothy Forster, a high-born lady living in constant fear for the safety of her brother during the Jacobite revolution of 1715. Fast forward three hundred years and we meet Cathy, a travel agent struggling to recover mentally from a tragedy. Bell’ ...more
Siân D
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Similar Devotion is set in Northern England and follows the lives of two women separated by time. Dorothy who lives in 1715 during the Jacobite Rebellion and Cathy who lives in Harrogate in 2005.

After a family tragedy, Cathy feels the need to escape and travels in her car not knowing where she is heading. After getting flashbacks and pulling into a lay-by, a stranger called Jack comes to her help and takes her to a nearby hotel called The Lord Crewe Arms. After hearing about the history of a w
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Julie Backous
Apr 10, 2016 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this more than I did. The story is of one of my ancestors, Dorothy Forster. I know the tale well. The author does a good job with the tale and even switching back and forth between centuries. But the modern day story is too weak and not believable. The main characters, Cathy and Jack, are not believable. Jack alternates between treating Cathy with tender care to outright abuse. He's awful and Cathy should run. But she's kind of a doormat. She gets angry at him over percei ...more
David Lowther
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall A Similar Devotion is a very satisfying read. There are two stories; one set in the eighteenth century at the time of the 1715 Jacobite rising and the other in the present day. The link between the two is that the heroine of present day tale spends time researching the 18th. century tale while recovering from a family tragedy and taking tentative steps in a relationship with a young doctor.

The novel moves seamlessly between the past and present tales and it is a test of this type of book
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Linda
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
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I liked the historical part of this book and wish that was all it was.

Dorothy`s story around the Jacobite Rebellion in 1745 was fascinating, but I just didn`t buy in to the parallel story line running in present time. It felt weak and forced... like there needed to be a tie-in to current day and the increasing obsession with technology, in order to attract the younger readers. I never really bought into Cathy and Jacks relationship and felt there was an attempt to create conflict because it was
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