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Blog Tour – #BookReview Living in the past by Jane Lovering

Hello lovely readers, welcome to the 27bookstreet Blog.

Today’s #bookreview is part of the Blog Tour organized by the lovely Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for Jane Lovering’s latest book Living in the Past.

This story was a pleasant surprise to me and I loved every bit of it. Happy Reading.


Title: Living in the Past

Author: Jane Lovering

Publisher: ChocLit UK

Published: 14 February 2018

Set in: Yorkshire, England

Profession of main characters: Primary Teacher and Archeologist.

Rating: 4.5/5


Do you ever wish you could turn back time?

Grace Nicholls has a few reasons for wanting to turn back the clock … although an archaeological dig at a Bronze Age settlement on the Yorkshire moors is not what she had in mind. But encouraged by her best friend Tabitha, that’s exactly where she finds herself.

Professor Duncan McDonald is the site director and his earnest pursuit of digging up the past makes him appear distant and unreachable. But when a woman on the site goes missing, it seems that his own past might be coming back to haunt him once again.

As they dig deeper, Duncan and Grace get more than they bargained for – and come to realise that the past is much closer than either of them ever imagined …

Another wonderful novel from award-winning author Jane Lovering. Set on the site of an archaeological dig in Yorkshire with a compelling time travel.

My thoughts

The story is set on the Yorkshire moors believed to be, also home to a Bronze age settlement which is what the archeological dig is to uncover. I have always had an inkling to devour stories set on the moors of Yorkshire. It is a sure selling point for me in books.

Another attraction of this story was the historical element and the time travel twist was simply brilliant. The whole story is happening on an archeological dig site with very few scenes away from it. There’s mud, water, rain, sleet in abundance, yet the spirit of the characters, their attitude was very hopeful. There was an energy underneath the whole plot that was great and everyone was hopeful of finding evidence of past, of people who lived thousands of years before us. The author portrayed this element of the story very well, I enjoyed the enthusiasm of the archeologists, the volunteers and everyone involved.

Grace and Duncan are the mainstays of the story. Their chemistry, conversations, right from their first interaction are crisp, sharp and fun to witness.

As the story progresses so does their interest in each other and I liked how they see and understand each other. Their need, attraction and caring for each other progresses pretty fast and the reader is with them every step of the way. I loved the pace of the story and enjoyed every bit of it.

I would recommend it to you all and especially to the one’s who enjoy historical with a touch of fantasy.

Also, do check out what the other bloggers have to say about the story.


Jane was born in Devon and now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, four cats and two dogs of variable sanity. She works in a local supermarket and also teaches creative writing. Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has a first-class honours degree in creative writing.
Jane writes comedies which are often described as ‘quirky’. Her debut, Please don’t stop the music, won the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year and the Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Awards from the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
Jane’s novels include: Please don’t stop the music, Star Struck, Hubble Bubble, Vampire State of Mind, Falling Apart, How I Wonder What You Are, I Don’t Want to Talk About It, Can’t Buy Me Love and Little Teashop of Horrors and

Reviewed by Bharti

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