Beyond the Moon Blog Tour + Giveaway

Beyond the Moon by Catherine Taylor

Publication Date: June 25, 2019
The Cameo Press Ltd
eBook & Paperback; 496 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction/Time Travel
Outlander meets Birdsong is this haunting debut timeslip novel, where a strange twist of fate connects a British soldier fighting in the First World War and a young woman living in modern-day England a century later. *Shortlisted for the Eharmony/Orion Write Your Own Love Story Prize 2018/19 In 1916 1st Lieutenant Robert Lovett is a patient at Coldbrook Hall military hospital in Sussex, England. A gifted artist, he’s been wounded fighting in the Great War. Shell shocked and suffering from hysterical blindness he can no longer see his own face, let alone paint, and life seems increasingly hopeless. A century later in 2017, medical student Louisa Casson has just lost her beloved grandmother – her only family. Heartbroken, she drowns her sorrows in alcohol on the South Downs cliffs – only to fall accidentally part-way down. Doctors fear she may have attempted suicide, and Louisa finds herself involuntarily admitted to Coldbrook Hall – now a psychiatric hospital, an unfriendly and chaotic place. Then one day, while secretly exploring the old Victorian hospital’s ruined, abandoned wing, Louisa hears a voice calling for help, and stumbles across a dark, old-fashioned hospital room. Inside, lying on the floor, is a mysterious, sightless young man, who tells her he was hurt at the Battle of the Somme, a WW1 battle a century ago. And that his name is Lieutenant Robert Lovett… Two people, two battles: one against the invading Germans on the battlefields of 1916 France, the other against a substandard, uncaring mental health facility in modern-day England. Two journeys begun a century apart, but somehow destined to coincide – and become one desperate struggle to be together. Part WW1 historical fiction, part timeslip love story – and at the same time a meditation on the themes of war, mental illness, identity and art – Beyond The Moon sweeps the reader on an unforgettable journey through time. An intelligent read, perfect for book clubs. For fans of Diana Gabaldon, Amy Harmon, Beatriz Williams, Kate Quinn, Kristin Hannah, Kate Morton, Susanna Kearsley and Paullina Simons.
“A poignant and stirring love story… Taylor’s accomplished, genre-bending book succeeds as a WW1 historical novel and a beguiling, time travel romance… The sharply written narrative deftly moves back and forth between the past and present.” — Kirkus Reviews
“A time travel romance, yet so much more than that. It is also an unflinching portrait of the horrors of war, and a look at the torturous extremes a human soul can endure. It is a sonnet to the transformative power of love, even as it is also a criticism of the futility and pointless destructiveness of war.” — Shaylin Gandhi, author of By The Light of Embers

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About the Author

Catherine Taylor was born and grew up on the island of Guernsey in the British Channel Islands. She is a former journalist, most recently for Dow Jones News and The Wall Street Journal in London. Beyond The Moon is her first novel. She lives in Ealing, London with her husband and two children.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, December 9 Review at Passages to the Past Tuesday, December 10 Review at @bookishbellee Review at Gwendalyn’s Books Feature at I’m All About Books Feature at Books In Their Natural Habitat Review & Guest Post at Jackie & Angela’s Book Reviews Wednesday, December 11 Review at 100 Pages a Day Instagram Feature at Just a Girl and Her Books Thursday, December 12 Review at @thisbibliolife Interview at Jathan & Heather Friday, December 13 Review at Reading is My Remedy Saturday, December 14 Review at Books and Zebras Feature at What Is That Book About Sunday, December 15 Review at Rose is Reading Review at Carole Rae’s Random Ramblings Monday, December 16 Review at @ya.its.lit Interview at Liberty’s Literary Loves Tuesday, December 17 Excerpt at Let Them Read Books Review & Guest Post at Tales from the Book Dragon Wednesday, December 18 Review at A Chick Who Reads Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads Thursday, December 19 Review at Pencils & Pages Review at Impressions In Ink Friday, December 20 Review at A Darn Good Read Review at Red Headed Book Lady Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away two paperback copies of Beyond the Moon by Catherine Taylor! To enter, please use the Gleam form below. Giveaway Rules – Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on December 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter. – Paperback giveaway is open to the US only. – Only one entry per household. – All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspicion of fraud will be decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion. – The winner has 48 hours to claim prize or a new winner is chosen. Beyond the Moon


4.5 stars 

What surprised me the most was the accuracy of the time and setting of the novel. You can tell the author really took her time researching the time period and it shows through in her vivid descriptions and tone of voice for the novel. She truly delved deep into the effects of war and neglect of mental illness both in history and modern day and it made for the most remarkable aspect of the novel. 

I think the author expertly flowed between the two timelines. It was written in a manner that didn’t confuse the reader and really added to the captivating mystery of the events as they occurred. 

I LOVED this one, I found it really invigorating and refreshing and loved the development of the relationship, the story it told, and the struggles they faced. There were just so many layers to the characters, to the romance, to the overall story of it and I could not put it down!

One of the most compelling and unforgettable stories of the consequences of war and a love that withstands the passage of time. 

2 thoughts on “Beyond the Moon Blog Tour + Giveaway

  1. Got really interested after you mentioned the vivid descriptions and the exploration of mental illness as well as the effects of war. Well developed and multilayered aspects to fictional characters are part of what makes reading enjoyable, isn’t it?


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