The Lost Sister

My latest novel is The Lost Sister and is now available to buy as an ebook from online retailers. The paperback and audiobook will be published on 8th July 2021.

You can buy it here: Amazon UK Amazon US Kobo Nook Apple

Here’s the blurb:

Don’t miss the unputdownable new historical novel from the USA Today bestselling author of The Secret of the Chateau and The Forgotten Secret.

Three sisters. Three ships. One heartbreaking story.

1911. As Emma packs her trunk to join the ocean liner Olympic as a stewardess, she dreams of earning enough to provide a better life for both her sisters. With their photograph tucked away in her luggage, she promises to be back soon – hoping that sickly Lily will keep healthy, and wild Ruby will behave. But neither life at sea nor on land is predictable, and soon the three sisters’ lives are all changed irrevocably…

Now. When Harriet finds her late grandmother’s travelling trunk in the attic, she’s shocked to discover a photo of three sisters inside – her grandmother only ever mentioned one sister, who died tragically young. Who is the other sister, and what happened to her? Harriet’s questions lead her to the story of three sister ships, Olympic, Titanic and Britannic, and a shattering revelation about three sisters torn apart…

Heart-wrenching, moving and ultimately uplifting, The Lost Sister is the perfect next read for fans of The English WifeThe Beekeeper’s Promise and The Forgotten Village!

Here’s a Pinterest page I used when planning this novel, which might give a few hints of what it’s about.

Starting on publication day 12th May is a blog tour hosted by the marvellous Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources, I can’t wait to find out what bloggers think of this one! Below you can see all the bloggers taking part – huge thanks to all of them.


First review comes from Cindy Spear who has always been a wonderful supporter of my books. She says “This dual timeline novel is extremely powerful and brilliantly delivered on all sides” and thinks it’s my best book yet. Thank you so much, Cindy!

Also on Cindy’s blog is an interview with me about my inspiration for this novel.

Jessica Belmont used some lovely words describing the book – powerful, captivating. Thank you!

Sheri on MyReadingGetaway said: “I would recommend this book to historical fiction lovers and people who enjoy a healing story.” – thank you so much!

On Jera’s Jamboree Elena said: “A stunning, rich and absorbing read that I thoroughly recommend. ” – thank you!

Julie at A Little Book Problem said: “This is a really great story of love, family and the ties that bind us together in life.” Thank you so much!

“Such a good read!” says Anne at Books with Wine and Chocolate – thank you, Anne!

“A delightful story full of mystery and intrigue” says Julie Ryan at All Things Bookie. Thank you!

Hannah at HanLovesToRead highly recommended it, thank you!

Joanne on Portobello book blog said: “This is a story of secrets, sacrifice and loss but at the same time manages to be a very uplifting read. A lovely story blending historical fact and fiction with a compelling contemporary strand too.” – thanks for such a lovely review!

Over on QuirkyBookReads it’s described as “a captivating and engaging story of coming together on a time of need” – thank you so much!

Sharon on StardustBookReviews says: “A book full of history, family and love which will enthral you from the very beginning!  Would definitely recommend!”- thank you very much!

“A stunningly written novel of family history, fractured relationships and reconciliation” – thank you, Joanne, on Pickled Thoughts and Pinot (deserves a prize for best blog title)

“I was hooked immediately and enjoyed every chapter of this book” says Sharon at BeyondTheBooks – thank you!

“I read it in a single sitting – the author is always a superb storyteller, effortlessly balancing the contemporary and the historical, making you travel with and believe in her characters, her writing fluent and immensely engaging. ” says Anne Williams – thank you so much!

And a more critical review from Janienejulia, who liked the premise and the plot, but didn’t enjoy my writing style. I always think it’s a good job we don’t all like the same things – the world would be a very boring place if we did, and there wouldn’t be room for as many authors. Thanks for being part of the blog tour, and for your honest and thoughtful review.

“This is definitely a highly recommended read for me. It’s got everything one could ask for in a novel – love, family complexities, sibling rivalry, history and hope. “- thanks to Brook Cottage Books for this great review!

Tiziana said the book is: “A story about hope, determination and most of all, forgiveness. Because holding on to the bad things in the past will never do any good.” – thank you so much!

At Splashes Into Books I am promoted to royalty: “another dual timeline family drama from the author I believe to be the uncrowned Queen of this genre and I can’t recommend it highly enough.” – am blushing, but thank you!

“Kathleen McGurl is on dazzling form yet again with a searingly emotional and highly mesmerizing tale of love, loyalty and secrets: The Lost Sister.” – thank you Julie at BookishJottings!

“It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Kathleen McGurl’s dual timeline novels and this one is another wonderful read.” – thank you Karen at GoBuyTheBook!

Gina at The Insatiable Reader said : “a wonderful story filled with amazing characters that truly brought not only the novel but history to life.” – thank you so much!

“emotional and heart-wrenching, and carries an important message about family loyalty” – thank you, Ceri!

Rachel loved it: “Oh, I loved The Lost Sister. A fabulous read, unputdownable! I was obsessed with the sisters and their lives!” – thank you so much!

So did Louise: “It’s one of those books that stays with you long after you’ve read it and that gives you a book hangover!” – thanks!

“It is one of those stories that will remain with you long after you have turned the last page.” – thank you Stina!

“McGurl’s writing is vivid and captures the excitement of sea travel in the early twentieth century. On the other hand, the writer carefully explores the importance of family connections and how we should not drift apart, despite the differences we may have. ” – thank you so much, Mrs Brown!

“Although most of us know the history of the three sister ships, I loved the connection that the author made between the family and that event.” – thank you Jess!

Donna “loved the setting and the way that the story was told was perfect” – thank you so much!