Book review: Andrea Matthews, Thunder on the Moor

Thunder on the Moor
by Andrea Matthews

Publication Date: October 30, 2019
Paperback & eBook; 432 pages

Historical Fiction/Scottish/Time Travel

Maggie Armstrong grew up enchanted by her father’s tales of blood feuds and border raids. In fact, she could have easily fallen for the man portrayed in one particular image in his portrait collection. Yet when her father reveals he was himself an infamous Border reiver, she finds it a bit far-fetched—to say the least—especially when he announces his plans to return to his sixteenth century Scottish home with her in tow.

Suspecting it’s just his way of getting her to accompany him on yet another archaeological dig, Maggie agrees to the expedition, only to find herself transported four hundred and fifty years into the past. Though a bit disoriented at first, she discovers her father’s world to be every bit as exciting as his stories, particularly when she’s introduced to Ian Rutherford, the charming son of a neighboring laird. However, when her uncle announces her betrothal to Ian, Maggie’s twentieth-century sensibilities are outraged. She hardly even knows the man. But a refusal of his affections could ignite a blood feud.

Maggie’s worlds are colliding. Though she’s found the family she always wanted, the sixteenth century is a dangerous place. Betrayal, treachery, and a tragic murder have her questioning whether she should remain or try to make her way back to her own time.

To make matters worse, tensions escalate when she stumbles across Bonnie Will Foster, the dashing young man in her father’s portrait collection, only to learn he is a dreaded Englishman. But could he be the hero she’s always dreamed him to be? Or will his need for revenge against Ian shatter more than her heart?

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Review

Well, knowing my love of the reivers, and reading that description, how could I resist this one! Maggie is as incredulous as any modern student would be, if told by her father of all people, that they are going to be travelling back to the sixteenth century, and yet, off they go… I enjoyed the twist to this, in that one of the characters is heading ‘home’ as it were, rather than everyone being thrown through time into an unknown world. It’s a good spin on things, having one of the party welcomed with open arms, drawing us straight into the heart of family life, rather than having a central character feeling like an outsider for the first part of the story.

This is well-paced, with an excellent mix of romance, betrayal, deceit and danger – everything you would expect from the border reviers! This is a world that doesn’t always get a fair crack at things from a historical fiction perspective, so it’s brilliant to see that changing. Recommended.

About the Author


Andrea Matthews is the pseudonym for Inez Foster, a historian and librarian who loves to read and write and search around for her roots, genealogical speaking. In fact, it was while doing some genealogical research that she stumbled across the history of the Border reivers. The idea for her first novel came to mind almost at once, gradually growing into the Thunder on the Moor series. And the rest is history, as they say.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 15
Review at Madwoman in the Attic

Tuesday, February 16
Feature at Reading is My Remedy

Wednesday, February 17
Excerpt at Bookworlder
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Thursday, February 18
Review at Passages to the Past

Friday, February 19
Interview at Jorie Loves A Story
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Saturday, February 20
Feature at The Lit Bitch

Monday, February 22
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Tuesday, February 23
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Wednesday, February 24
Feature at Coffee and Ink
Excerpt at A Darn Good Read
Review at The Enchanted Shelf

Thursday, February 25
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals

Friday, February 26
Feature at What Is That Book About

Sunday, February 28
Review at Little But Fierce Book Diary

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