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The Stationmaster’s Daughter

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  32 reviews
As the last train leaves, will life ever be the same?

Dorset, 1935
Stationmaster Ted has never cared much for romance. Occupied with ensuring England’s most beautiful railway runs on time, love has always felt like a comparatively trivial matter. Yet when he meets Annie Galbraith on the 8.42 train to Lynford, he can’t help but instantly fall for her.
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published August 7th 2019 by HQ Digita
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5☆ A Captivating and Poignant Read, that Touched my Heart! A Real Page Turner

The Stationmaster’s Daughter is a Highly Compelling and Poignant Read that will Touch your heart.

The story is told by dual points of view, over different time periods.

Tilly is going through a very tough Break up.
After going through so many traumatic events, and then realising all her husband cares about is having a baby, he finally leaves her absolutely broken and devastated.

Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A poignant tale set in dual timelines, the story tugged my heartstrings with its gentle unveiling of the story of Ted in 1935 and Tilly in the present times.

Ted found love with Annie in the same railway station where Tilly now found herself after a bitter divorce. The story unfurled with Tilly getting to the truth of Ted's story as it happened years ago and healing herself in the process.

My first book by author Kathless McGurl, the story was told in alternate chapters wit
Despite being separated by over eighty years in time, Ted and Tilly are dealing with similar challenges.

Tilly is recovering from traumatic events in her personal life and the unexpected breakdown of her marriage to Ian. Both have brought her to the brink of despair. Thankfully her dear friend, Jo, and her lovely dad, Ken, are there to support her. Moving down to Dorset to stay with her father, Tilly initially rejects his wise advice and his attempts to encourage her to focus on the f
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a little and rather embarrassing confession to make. Although I have a couple of Kathleen's books on my mountainous 'To Be Read' mountain, I haven't actually read one yet. Well judging by how much I enjoyed reading 'The Stationmaster's Daughter', I can guarantee that her books will not be on that mountain for much longer. I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'The Stationmaster's Daughter' but more about that in a bit.
There are two main characters in this book. Ted, whose story mainly takes
I had previously read and thoroughly enjoyed The Forgotten Secret  and really looked forward to reading this timeslip mystery by this talented author - and, as I'd anticipated, I certainly found it a fascinating and engaging read.

After a series of tragedies, culminating in her husband ending their marriage on the day she's made redundant, Tilly has moved to stay with her dad, Ken, in Dorset. He's helping to restore the local railway and asks Tilly to help. This involves her discoveri
Donna Maguire

Review to be added to Amazon US on 28th November 2019 - paperback publication day!

I thought that this was a brilliant book, the plot was really well developed, I warmed to all the characters from the outset and loved getting to know them all as the book progressed, it was a heart-felt tale and you could feel the author’s enthusiasm

The author has an excellent writing style and she really transported me back in time and she brought the whole period to life – and the setting f
Sandra McKenna
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read.

I loved this fantastic dual timeline set in Dorset.
In the present day it focuses on the restoration of an old railway line, and the secrets which are revealed. Then, delving into the 1930's when the line was still running , but facing imminent closure. The characters were credible, and diverse.
This is an unputdownable story containing history, secrets, romance, tragedy, mistakes and coming to terms with the past.
Brilliantly written and researched, I can thoroughly reco
I know from reading previous writing by Kathleen McGurl, that it deserves my full focus. I get drawn into another world and appreciate and enjoy full immersion.
While fully deserving of the label women's fiction or romance, this book is much more than that. There is intrigue, several mysteries to be unraveled, and history revealed.
Parallels between the different eras in this book come alive and make the reader also look at their own life. A wonderful escape read that is very satisfyin
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Kathleen McGurl is a quite wonderful story-teller – and I think this might be her best book yet. There’s a strong contemporary story, but I will admit I did struggle a teeny bit at the beginning. Tilly isn’t particularly likeable, and I found her less than sympathetic – we all have tough times, but she really does behave like a spoilt teenager. But I really loved her father, supporting her throughout, grieving gently for his wife three years on, finding a reason to go on through his involvement ...more
Jessica Belmont
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Stationmaster’s Daughter is a beautiful tale of love and tragedy told in a brilliantly executed dual timeline.

This is not my first Kathleen McGurl novel, so I am hardly surprised at her beautiful writing, but there is something very special about this novel. With the dual timelines and alternating POVs, the characters jump off the page and are brought to life. All the wonderful flaws and strengths of the characters were masterfully penned in such a way that these characters were
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Back in March, I discovered Kathleen McGurl’s writing for the first time with The Forgotten Secret and I fell in love with it. Kathleen writes stories that I love: contemporary and historical fiction, a mystery, characters I can easily connect with, well researched, beautifully told. Needless to say that I was really excited when I was contacted about tak
Jane Hunt
I’ve read most of this author’s timeslip novels, and they keep getting better in terms of mysteries to be solved, emotional, poignant life journeys to be explored, and believable characters that you empathise with from the first page. The genealogy connection between the past and present is always cleverly done and is the author’s unique selling point, something that makes her stories both engaging and original.

Both Ted and Tilly’s stories are very emotional and poignant, Ted’s tragi
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This is my first introduction to the work of Kathleen McGurl and it most definitely will not be my last as I adored everything about this novel.
The Stationmaster's Daughter is such a wonderful historical timeslip story that was beautifully told. I was swept away by the 'here and now' tales and when the stories collided I felt an overwhelming sense of satisfaction but also an immense sadness of the tragedies that shaped the story.
Kathleen McGurl has written a story that takes the read
Debbie Littley
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A tale of love and tragedy, weaving both past and present in this gloriously sumptuous book that both delights and despairs.

I live close to the boarder between Devon and Dorset so it was like reading about home, making the descriptions of our beautiful countryside that bit more vivid, but even if I lived in a city I would still have been swept away to the seaside alongside Tilly and Ted with the writing that brings the words to life.

The characters are all brought to life
Cheryl M-M
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story has a nostalgic feel to it, perhaps because McGurl is very good at giving her readers the feeling as if they are right there experiencing everything with the characters. Tugging on the heartstrings is one of her talents, which is reflected in the way she builds the characters and their emotional turmoil.

The story moves from Tilly in the present to Ted and Annie in the past. At first glance the only connection between the two appears to be the railroad and the station. As we
Pam Robertson
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this twin timeline story, the author handles the two threads with aplomb. I particularly enjoyed the earlier story which was set in the 1930's in what can seem like an innocent time before the Second World War arrived and changed people's lives beyond recognition. You have to feel for Ted and Annie, especially when the full truth of what has happend emerges. Secrets from the past and a terrible tragedy hangs over the story with the hint of resolution coming near the end.

The present d
Paola Aliedo
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this story makes me fall in love more with historical fiction!

I'm not into Tilly too much. Not a fan of her personality and I understood why her attitude about life is like that. She had miscarriages and her ex-husband left her for someone who can give him a family. There is too much depression with Tilly that I truly feel while reading the story but I am happy that in the ending she finally find her home.

Poor Ted! This kind-hearted stationmaster who just fall in lov
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
In 1935 Dorset, Stationmaster Ted Morgan is in charge of Lynford Station. He's a particular man, ensuring everything is done by the book, running on time and kept in order. A man content in his work, who looks forward to annual visits from his sister Norah and her children; Ted has never found romance or felt he was missing out. That is until Annie Galbraith arrives on the morning train to Lynford, where she works. Ted falls in love with Annie.
Tragedy strikes as Lynford station is forced t
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy stories that link the past and the present and this book grabbed me from the start. It was easy to empathize with Tilly following the breakdown of her marriage and the loss she experienced. Watching her regain that spark as she moved back to live with her dad was heart-warming and Ted's story was quite heart-breaking. Kath McGurl has a wonderful sense of time and place and recreated the past beautifully. I was sorry when the story ended.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The year is 1935 and stationmaster Ted loves working on the railway in Dorset to the point where he never takes any time off. All changes, however, when he meets one of the passengers, Annie Galbraith, and falls head over heels in love. Unfortunately, with the railway due to close and a terrible accident occurring at the station, his life is about to change forever.

In the present day, recovering from recent heartbreak, Tilly leaves London to stay with her railway volunteer father in
Jul 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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I had a difficult time deciding whether to give this a 3 or a 4. It would have been a 4 because of how interesting this story's concept is, but the frustration that just grew as I continued reading stands out a lot more than I would have liked, so there. 3 stars it is.

The Stationmaster's Daughter takes readers through two stories, interchanging between chapters. One is of Edward 'Ted' Morgan from 1935, and Tilly in the present time. While Ted finds love for the first time, Tilly is undergoing a d/>The
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read a complementary copy of this book in return for review based upon my honest opinion.

This book is told in a dual time storyline. In the present time we have Tilly who has just lost her husband, her job and her chance of having children; she is as down as she can be and can’t see a way out of her despair. She is staying with her friend Jo, but her dad, Ken, comes to collect her and take her to his quaint l
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This story alternates between 1930s and present day Dorset, with Lynford railroad station as the focal point. A third person narrative tells the story through the eyes of Ted Morgan, the Lynford stationmaster in 1935, and Tilly Thomson, a single woman in the present day, dealing with the heartbreak of divorce and multiple miscarriages.
Ted is smitten with Annie Galbraith, a beautiful passenger who frequents his station daily. Their relationship grows and swiftly transforms from ausp
Sep 09, 2019 rated it liked it
In 1935, Ted is a stationmaster along one of the railroads that travelled through Dorset. He has worked his way up to stationmaster since he began work at the age of 15. The railroad is his life and all he knows, but when he meets Annie Galbraith, his life changes. He discovers she works at a bank in the nearby village and travels every day Monday through Friday to work. He falls in love with her but has never had any experience with women. His older sister, Norah is married with three children ...more
Maria McDonald
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
An enjoyable, easy read. The Stationmasters Daughter tells the intertwining stories of Ted and Tilly. Alternating chapters tell us the story of Ted Morgan, the last Station Master of a country train station in Dorset which closes in the 1930s, and of Tilly, the daughter of the man who is involved in lovingly restoring the old railway to its former glory. Ted falls in love with the beautiful Annie but her father has other plans for her. Tilly is devastated by the breakup of her marriage and her f ...more
Kathleen Gray
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tilly's at loose ends- she's 39, just divorced, and mourning the loss of what she thought would be her happy- so she goes home to Dorset where her father convinces her to sort through boxes of memorabilia related to the railway. Ted was a 40 year old unmarried man in 1936 who fell in love with Annie, who traveled every day on the train. Tilly finds Ted's diary and, as a result, a new purpose. Told in alternating chapters by Tilly and Ted, this is the story of love lost and found. I didn't find A ...more
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Harper Collins for the opportunity to read this book. I did enjoy it. It shifts seamlessly between 1936 and the present day. It centres around Tilly who has gone to live with her father after her marriage has broken up needing something to occupy her she starts to archive some old railway papers to help her father who is helping restore an old disused section of railway unearthing long forgotten secrets and heartache. Perfect for fans of Rachel Hore and Judith Lennox. The o ...more
Carol Perreault
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is an entertaining stories told in present day and in the 1930s. In present day, Tilly is let go from her job just as her husband leaves her, so she goes to stay with her dad Ken who is working on the railroad restoration. Ken asks Tilly to help sort thru the boxes of memorabilia found at the railroad, to get her mind off her troubles. In the 1930s, a stationmaster Ted meets Anne who travels back and forth daily to her job, and is attracted to her. They strike up a friendship, until Ted fin ...more
sally whitfield
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice gentle story

This is the second book I've read by this author and I can see she has a certain style of writing, not to taxing but netherless very easy and enjoyable. This story was quite sad but also very interesting in places. I think Ted came across as being on the autistic spectrum but a lovely kind man. I didn't really like Annie although the author didn't let you get to really know her until the end. Tilly's story was also good and Ted and tilly's stories both run along side each ot
Tiziana Langone
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes dual timelines can be really tricky... it can mess up the whole story so that in the end you are confused and have no idea anymore what happened with who during which timeline.
This story didn’t confuse me at all!

While I was reading the story, my emotions switched from one end to another. The first half made me smile when I was reading Ted’s part and made me feel so sad when it was Tilly’s turn.
Her start in the book was so sad and even depressing, I wanted to cra
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Kathleen McGurl lives in Bournemouth with her husband and cat. She has two grown-up sons who have now left home. She always wanted to write, and for many years was waiting until she had the time. Eventually she came to the bitter realisation that no one would pay her for a year off work to write a book, so she sat down and started to write one anyway. Since then she has sold dozens of short storie ...more