Book Review: The Drowned Village by Kathleen McGurl

February 5, 2019 Book review 4 ★★★★

I came across The Drowned Village by Kathleen McGurl on Facebook and thought ‘that’s an interesting title’ and set about finding about more. When I read the blurb, I was intrigued and immediately one-clicked.

Book Review: The Drowned Village by Kathleen McGurlThe Drowned Village by Kathleen McGurl
Published by Harper Collins Genres: Family, Historical Fiction, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Beneath the surface lie forgotten secrets…
A village destroyed

It’s the summer of 1935 and eleven-year-old Stella Walker is preparing to leave her home forever. Forced to evacuate to make way for a new reservoir, the village of Brackendale Green will soon be lost. But before the water has even reached them, a dreadful event threatens to tear Stella’s family apart.

An uncovered secret

Present day, and a fierce summer has dried up the lake and revealed the remnants of the deserted village. Now an old woman, Stella begs her granddaughter Laura to make the journey she can’t. She’s sure the village still holds answers for her but, with only days until the floodwaters start to rise again, Laura is in a race against time to solve the mysteries of Stella’s almost forgotten past.

Haunting and evocative, The Drowned Village reaches across the decades in an unforgettable tale of love, loss and family.

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First Line of The Drowned Village by Kathleen McGurl

“It was always the same dream.”

My thoughts on The Drowned Village by Kathleen McGurl

What a lovely, absorbing read from beginning to end. This book revolves around a village that was evacuated and flooded to build a reservoir. And I can’t even imagine the trauma that would have caused, so it was a thought-provoking and sad setting.

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But there is also a secret hidden in the drowned village which added to the tension and intrigue. Unravelling that via past and present timelines, made this a book that I wanted to devour quickly.

The present day storyline features Laura, who is living with her Gran Stella, after a messy breakup from her boyfriend. The past storyline follows Stella in 1935, as her village is about to be evacuated due to compulsory purchase orders on each house. Both characters are at changing points in their lives and I loved spending time with them, as they are kind, brave and independent women. And I love how much both value family.

A sweet romance adds another aspect to the story, but I loved that it didn’t take centre stage. Instead it flowed along nicely with the theme of family secrets.

Overall with engaging characters and an intriguing setting, I really enjoyed this book. And my final thought is I definitely want to read more by Kathleen McGurl.


Rating Report
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Overall: four-stars


Who should read The Drowned Village by Kathleen McGurl.

Highly recommended if you enjoy spending time with likeable characters and take pleasure in uncovering long hidden secrets. Fans of authors such as Patricia Scanlan, Kate Morton and Faith Hogan should also enjoy.


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4 Responses to “Book Review: The Drowned Village by Kathleen McGurl”

  1. Rita @ View From the Books

    Though I say I don’t like to read books set in early 1900s, this one is not about the world wars or prohibition etc. instead about a family with secrets. I could see myself reading it and enjoying it. Good review!

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