The Girl from Bletchley Park by Kathleen McGurl

The Girl from Bletchley Park is my second novel by Kathleen McGurl. Bletchley Park played a big role in WWII by decoding German messages. I've read about it in one other book and it sounds like a fascinating place.m It is open to visitors should you want to visit. As part of Rachel's Random Resource's Blog tour for this book, I'm happy to share my thoughts with you.

1942. Three years into the war, Pam turns down her hard-won place at Oxford University to become a codebreaker at Bletchley Park. There, she meets two young men, both keen to impress her, and Pam finds herself falling hard for one of them. But as the country’s future becomes more uncertain by the day, a tragic turn of events casts doubt on her choice – and Pam’s loyalty is pushed to its limits…

Present day. Julia is struggling to juggle her career, two children and a husband increasingly jealous of her success. Her brother presents her with the perfect distraction: forgotten photos of their grandmother as a young woman at Bletchley Park. Why did her grandmother never speak of her time there? The search for answers leads Julia to an incredible tale of betrayal and bravery – one that inspires some huge decisions of her own…


This dual timeline story is split almost equally between the present and the past. The connection is Julia and her grandmother. via photos.  While the stories are very different, the women in them are very similar. They follow similar paths and challenges with both women proving how strong they can be. I love dual timeline stories and was at first disappointed that the stories did not seem to have a lot to do with each other but enjoyed both stories. It was after I finished the book I realized how close the themes were.

Author Info

Kathleen McGurl lives near the coast in Christchurch, England. She writes dual timeline novels in which a historical mystery is uncovered and resolved in the present day. She is married to an Irishman and has two adult sons. She enjoys travelling, especially in her motorhome around Europe.

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A huge THANK YOU to Rachel’s Random Resources for introducing me to this book and inviting me on this blog tour. The book description and author info where provided for the blog tour by my opinions and review are my own.


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