“I would rather love passionately for an hour than benignly for a lifetime.”
In a house full of history and secrets, the past will not stay where it belongs…
Lou has always loved Hill House, the derelict manor on the abandoned land near her home. As a child, the tragic history of its owners, the Mandevilles, inspired her dream to become a history teacher. But in her late twenties, and working in a shop to pay off student debts, life is passing her by.
That changes when a family disaster sends Lou’s life into a downward spiral and she seeks comfort in the ruined corridors of Hill House. The house transforms around her and Lou is transported back to Christmas 1913. Convinced she has been in an accident and is in a coma, Lou immerses herself in her Edwardian dream. With the Mandevilles oblivious to her true identity, Lou becomes their houseguest and befriends the eldest son, Captain Thomas Mandeville, a man she knows is destined to die in the First World War.
Lou feels more at home in the past than the present and when she realises the experience is real she sets out to do everything in her power to save her new friends.
Lou passes between 1913 and 2013, unearthing plots of murder and blackmail, which she must stop no matter the cost.
On her quest to save the Mandevilles by saving Thomas, Lou will face the hardest decision of her life. She will learn that love cannot be separated by a century.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Incredible story. I can't believe this is the author's only book. I hope she writes more. I could not put this book down. It was wonderful, rich characters...the time travel plot was well done with an amazing ending. Highly recommend.
I honestly had no idea what to expect from this book before I started it. While I enjoy historical fiction I’m always a bit dubious about time-slips (as I have said previously) some enhance a novel while others frankly make them impossible to connect with. Well I’m delighted to say Callie Langridge has produced an absolute gem in the form of A Time to Change. It is so beautifully written, you ease into it and then realise a few hours have passed such is the magnetism of the story. I adored Lou, her character made the book for me. She opens herself up to such heartbreak. When tragedy strikes in present day Lou is drawn back to an old house she used to visit as a child. The desolate building gives her comfort, as the building encompasses her she finds herself amidst the Mandeville family and it is 1913. I really enjoyed the ‘older’ sections and the descriptive insights into family and daily life. The overwhelming magical existence in that era captured my imagination and I was instantly transported into this magnificent house. Of course in those circumstances there has to be secrets, mysteries lurking so what damage may befall her? This is a remarkable tale of love and sacrifice all played out in a dreamlike fashion. I was rooting for Lou and wanted to wrap her in my arms to take care of her for a change instead of everyone leeching compassion from her. A stunning portrayal of history, love and life from start to finish. I was spellbound. Thanks to the author and Bombshell books for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.