The Girl from Bletchley Park

Will love lead her to a devastating choice?

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…

Publication date 3rd November 2021 for the ebook, and 6th January 2022 for the paperback and audiobook.

Here’s a blog post on the HQ blog, telling why I chose to write about Bletchley Park.

The book was featured in a blog tour from 3rd November 2021, and links to all blog reviews are below. Here’s the full list of bloggers who took part – thank you to all of them!.

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The first blogger review comes from the lovely Cindy Spear who is a real fan of dual timeline fiction. She says: ‘the novel gained an exhilarating momentum as it headed toward a satisfying climax’ – thank you so much, Cindy!

Cindy also posted a publication day interview with me, which you can read here.

Publication day brings a couple of lovely reviews, from the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources. First up, Tiziana said: “This is a story of strong, smart, determined women facing difficult times. The author managed again to write a captivating stories, with a link to the real past.” – thank you very much!

And on Books Life and Everything the reviewer really got to the heart of the theme of the novel, summing it up as “Trust and loyalty are paramount” – thank you!

Over on Instagram, Stacey Reads Books says: “Well researched, beautifully written, it’s two main protagonists both strong characters” – thank you so much!

On Snazzy Books, Laura said: “This book also really made me want to visit Bletchley Park – somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long time!” Oh, me too. Covid prevented me visiting while I was writing the book, but I will definitely go there some time soon. Thanks so much for the review!

At My Reading Getaway the reviewer loves dual timelines and appreciated the closeness of the themes of the two stories in this novel – thank you!

Anna Magic said: “I totally loved this book right from the very first page and I would recommend it to those who enjoy a book full of emotional drama with a storyline that will catch your interest and such detailed research that you will forget that it isn’t real ” – thank you so much for this lovely review!

At Stardust Book Reviews, the reviewer rated it: “a very enjoyable read which I would definitely recommend” – thank you so much!

The Girl From Bletchley Park by Kathleen McGurl is a marvellous timeslip novel that captivated me from the start.” – says Julia at ChristianBookaholic. Thank you very much!

“The Girl from Bletchley Park is an astute, absorbing and engrossing tale with two strong women at its heart who will take readers on an emotional and enthralling journey” – thank you, Julie at BookishJottings!

Stina the Bookaholic wrote a long and detailed review, and said the novel was: “captivating and compelling with both timeline plots interwoven seamlessly in relation to the other” – thank you so much!

At All Things Bookie Julie said the novel was “well-researched and full of intrigue” – thank you!

“I thought the research in this book was fantastic and I loved learning more about the wartime work at Bletchley Park” says Joanna at OverTheRainbow – thank you, I loved researching for this book!

An amazing rhyming review from Splashes Into Books – I love this one so much! This is just one stanza of many.

I thoroughly enjoyed this gorgeous read
If you try it I'm sure you'll accede.
This author is the dual timeline queen
Writing the best in this genre that I've seen.

The Girl from Bletchley Park will appeal to fans of dual timeline stories with an element of mystery, and those with an interest in the contribution, often largely unsung, of women to the war effort.” says Cathy at What Cathy Read Next – thank you!

At Chapter and Cake, the reviewer thought it was “such a lovely novel that really brings to life the important work that was carried out at Bletchley Park” – thank you!

The Girl from Bletchley Park is an intriguing novel, one that makes you read on. Both stories are compelling, and you want to know what happens next” says Cathie Dunn at Ruins & Reading – thank you so much!

The Girl from Bletchley Park has a strong feminist vein that runs through the book. It is evocative and special. There is romance, but also strong lifelong friendship between feisty women.” – thank you, ChezMaximka!

Jane Hunt says: “Full of intriguing historical details and contemporary issues, this is an engaging read. Both stories are immersive and enhance each other, producing a story full of family drama, friendship and secrets.” – thank you, Jane!

“Kathleen McGurl goes into stunning detail about the work of the code breakers and has thoroughly researched the role and the time… a fantastic read!” says Elena at Jera’s Jamboree – thank you!

Jo at MrsBeee said: “The story drew me in right from the start and I enjoyed both characters and the author takes us behind the scenes a Bletchley Park which was fascinating.” – thank you so much!

“A story that has you turning the pages so quick just to find out everything!” – thank you Sharon, at SharonBeyondTheBooks!

“McGurl’s writing style is easy and engaging and she certainly knows how to evoke sympathy for her characters.” – a lovely review at RELoten – thank you!

Niki at TheTwoFingeredGardener said: “A thoroughly moving and gripping story that I would highly recommend to any War time drama lovers such as myself.” – thank you so much!

Anne Williams said: “this book is an easy read, but well-paced and compelling, and its dual time structure well-handled to keep the pages turning, immersing you in the secrets of the past while keeping you wholly engaged with the present” – thank you so much!

“I loved this one! I thought it had a compelling plotline, believable and likeable main characters, moved along at a good pace, and had me totally absorbed from the start.” says Deborah at AgainstTheFlow – thank you so much!

On Instagram Travels Along My Bookshelf Jen said: “Like a good puzzle it was a satisfying read as all the pieces slotted into place. There is plenty of love, betrayal and heartbreak and I found the little bit of an inside look at Bletchley Park fascinating” – thank you!

“I loved all aspects of this book – the intimate look inside the workings of Bletchley Park, the tug-of-war between people, and the triumph of love and loyalty over greed and deceit.” says Satabti – thank you so much!

“a compelling and emotional character driven story that has secrets, friendship and betrayal” -thank you, QuirkyBook!

“I predict when you read this book you will not want to put it down” says Anna at BooksWithWineAndChocolate – thank you!