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Reviewed by Delene Vrey for Readers' Favorite
Norah Waverley by Jeanette Collins is a time-travel mystery romance. Norah has been alone in the world since her father’s death when she was seven. She works at a library and is content, although she longs for a family. When a strange lawyer informs her that she had an aunt who passed away, she is whisked away to an enormous manor and finds its inhabitants curious and sometimes frightening. While there, she falls in love with Herrick, but the stories he tells her about who she is and how she is bound to him and the rest of the family seem unreal. That is until she meets a stranger in the fields, and her strength and loyalty to the family are tested.
Jeanette Collins tells an original story colored by the events in Scotland when there was still Pict civilization. The captivating concept and detail create a mythical backdrop to the story. The characters are charismatic and authentic, and one can hear in their way of speaking that they are not familiar or comfortable with the modern rhythms of the twenty-first century. The novel addresses some interesting themes such as destiny, the consequences of one’s actions, and the importance of family and belonging. Norah is an interesting character and her reactions to the events as they unravel around her highlight her character growth as she takes in what is told to her and how the circumstances in the manor will influence her life. The book ends on a cliffhanger, but with an open ending, the reader can imagine the outcomes as they please.