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Beyond the Moon Longlisted for the 2019 Exeter Novel PrizeA strange twist of fate connects a British soldier fighting in the First World War in 1916 with a young woman living in modern day England a century later in this haunting literary time travel novelTwo 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 Part war story part timeslip part love story – and at the same time a meditation on the themes of war mental illness identity and art Beyond The Moon is an intelligent captivating debut novel perfect for book clubsTaylor’s accomplished genre bending book succeeds as a WW1 historical novel and a beguiling time travel love story The sharply written narrative deftly moves back and forth between the past and present — Kirkus Reviews Historical fantasy at its very best — Historical Novel SocietyShortlisted for the EharmonyOrion Love Story Prize 2019“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 EmbersIn 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 placeThen 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 LovettFor fans of Kate uinn Sebastian Faulks Diana Gabaldon Ken Follett Kristin Hannah Susanna Kearsley and Paullina SimonsNB Contains graphic descriptions of war violence and injuries as well as profanity and mild sex


10 thoughts on “Beyond the Moon

  1. Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance says:

    Exuisite ♡ 35 lovely starsIf a person can wear their emotions on their sleeve readable by everyone then this novel is undoubtedly the transparent works of an intuitive kind and empathetic writer Throughout the entirety of the novel Taylor's voice feels virtuous and tender caring about the subject matter with respect to the time period and the character's struggles As a fan of time travel novels hence my blog name I have certainly indulged in a few of these kinds of stories The blurb listed on Goodreads actually gives a great synopsis of what is happening in BEYOND THE MOONIn 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 hopelessA 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 placeThen 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 LovettI am not the biggest fan of romance as the central focal point in my reading choices but wanted to give this one a try since it involved WWI Louisa who lives in 2017 meets 1st Lieutenant Robert Lovett in Sussex in 1916 his time after entering an old and dilapidated hospital wing He has suffered trauma during his service and is dealing with the recovery The two of them share an instant connection despite Robert's temporary loss of sight and strangely no one else at that time can see Louisa either Right before Robert is fit to go back to lead his men an incident tears them apart as they were about to make a promise to each other Distraught by the events Louisa wants to see Robert again and thankful for a chance another visit in that hospital wing takes her to a place in France however away from Robert into the midst of a military hospital in Amiens She now is one of the awaited VAD nurses to arrive and aid the doctors in vetting and caring for injured soldiersHow was a girl from 2017 supposed to fit in and do the job reuired and limited to the knowledge of 1916? This is the part that stood out the most to me and Louisa's character and her experience took to a shine She found the chamber pot and used it rather inexpertly after taking a good while to find a way through all the foreign looking underclothes she had on Everything was so old fashioned a long woolen skirt and cotton blouse thick black tights held up by garters a pair of drawers two frilled petticoats and under a cotton chemise a pink satin corset that was digging into her all terrifying hooks eyes and lacesHow was she supposed to pass as an experienced VAD she wondered when she didn't even know how to put on a corset? In the meantime Robert is in the trenches fighting the Germans and leading his soldiers into battles he knows are close to hopeless endeavors His leadership is critical and with his brothers in arms they do all they can to survive He has no idea Louisa is in France they have had no contact for weeks Unfortunately Robert becomes a POV Across the leaders of any nationality there seems to be a respectful understanding of rank yet undoubtedly cruelty is inflicted on him and the other POV's and he suffers greatly by the end Louisa is hoping desperately to find out if Robert is anywhere near and alive With the aid of a friend she finds out about the person whose life she has taken over and finds aid in tracking down Robert In these last parts of the book the plot and writing shine the most There are action drama and heart aching moments that propel this enduring story forward and redeem it to a satisfying end As I mentioned I am not a reader of romance so this part is unfair of me to rate or pick apart Personally the new love at such an underlying deep level after a few visits at the old hospital wing at the beginning took too fast despite a plot that was languid in the establishment of all settings The main characters seemed like rather very nice and kind peoplealmost too good to be true for the most part of the story This is why I wasn't really sold on them until it came to the trenches and the nurse duties that gave me a bit of that feist I enjoy reading about in characters to show what it takes to endure the circumstances The historical details were atmospheric and carefully researched The setting in this novel between France and England in WWI was my first fictional experience to travel to and experience a military hospital Procedures and the lack of modern medical knowledge made these parts in the novel a riveting read Though Beyond the Moon is a labor of love to appreciate and exuisitely sweet I wanted to love it even than I did Readers of romance will most likely find a deeper connection with this lovely book and the enduring love of the characters Overall it is a charming time travel novel full of heart Happy Reading I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own Thank you More of my reviews hereThrough Novel Time Distance


  2. Jypsy Jypsy says:

    Thank you HFVBT and the author for a complimentary copy I voluntarily reviewed this book All opinions expressed are my own Beyond The Moon By Catherine Taylor REVIEW 🌟🌟🌟🌟Beyond The Moon is a romance story with a twist time travel Louisa in 2017 drinks too much and accidentally falls down a cliff She is deemed a suicide risk and admitted to Coldbrook psychiatric hospital This is not a place of caring Patients are subdued with pills and cannot defend themselves Louisa becomes aware of an abandoned wing of the hospital and begins to explore this area It is here she meets Robert only he is living in 1916 and fighting in WWI He was also a patient here How is this possible? Can a relationship develop between two people living a century apart? This is an intriguing story with well developed characters It definitely kept me interested and reading because of its uniue premise I have not read much time travel fiction prior to this The author does an excellent job of weaving these two timelines together to create a cohesive story It is evident that much research went into the story as well On a different note the horrible conditions in the hospital and the mistreatment of the patients is a sad reflection of actual conditions in so many institutions today It is so heartbreaking This problem is one to be aware of to affect change Overall Beyond The Moon is a great read that I definitely recommend


  3. Rebecca Bradley Rebecca Bradley says:

    In 1916 1st Lieutenant Robert Lovett is a patient at Coldbrook Hall military convalescent hospital in Sussex England A gifted artist he’s been wounded in the First World War Shell shocked and suffering from hysterical blindness he can no longer see his own face let alone paint and life seems hopelessA 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 psychiatric hospital an unfriendly and chaotic placeThen one day while secretly exploring the old Victorian hospital’s ruined abandoned wing Louisa stumbles across a dark old fashioned hospital room Inside lying in an old iron framed bed in the dark is a mysterious sightless young man who tells her he was hurt at the Battle of the Somme a WWI battle a century ago And that his name is Lieutenant Robert LovettI absolutely LOVED this bookI was looking to fill a gap after finishing eight books of the Outlander series and when I saw this one on NetGalley I knew I had to ask for an ARC I cannot thank NetGalley and the publishers enough for giving me a copy as I loved every minute of this bookThe author moves seamlessly between two time periods 1917 and 2017 without ever losing the pace of the story or confusing the reader At the heart of the book is a love story but what I also appreciated about the book is the historical aspect of it all Catherine Taylor has obviously done her research I don’t want to give anything away with regards to the plot as I don’t want to spoil it for potential readers so all I can say is if you are a fan of Diana Gabaldon Kristin Hannah Kate Morton Ken Follett et al then this is a book for your to read list


  4. Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.• Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.• says:

    You know the saying `don’t judge a book by it’s cover?’ It could not be truer for this story At first glance the cover had me thinking it might be in the fantasy genre which is not something that interests me When I read that there was time travel it almost put me off once again However I am no uitter and when the time was right I decided to give this story a fair chance and I’m so glad I didIf you are a fan of historical fiction then this story will be right up your alley The story begins in 2017 with Louisa She has recently lost her much beloved grandmother and is completely bereft After being orphaned when her parents died her grandmother had been the only family she had After putting her to rest she wanders along the beloved cliffs near her home and settles into the long grass watching the sunset and toasting her grandmother’s life with some good whiskey Unfortunately for Louisa she imbibes a little too much whiskey and falls asleep only to awaken in the dark disorientated and as she tries to make her back to safety she falls This leads to Louise being taken to Coldbrook Hall a psychiatric hospital Their assessment of her concludes that she made a suicide attempt and must be kept under watch and medicated What a nightmare she has found herself in While she is there she makes friends with some of the patients and finds her way into an older part of the building that is soon to be demolished After exploring for a little while there one day she hears a cry for help and opens the door to find a man who has fallen from his bedLet’s go back 101 years now WW1 is in its 4th year and Robert Robert is a patient at Coldbrook Hall a military hospital He has temporarily lost his sight which of huge stress to him as he is also a very talented artist He is a lieutenant and desperate to get back to his troops but fears this injury may mean the end of his army career After falling from his bed one day he calls for help that call is answered by a beautiful woman called Louisa He may not be able to see but all of his other senses tell him she is beautifulLouisa is shocked to find a man alone in this abandoned building and she soon discovers that there is so much to the reason he is there Maybe she is indeed going mad because not only is she the only person who can see or hear him but she seems to be invisible to the staff tending to him She has no idea what is going on but over the course of several weeks she visits Robert as much as she can There is a connection she cannot explain and she knows they are falling in love When the demolition of the old hospital begins Louisa panics as this is her only connection to Robert and short of chaining herself to the wrecking ball she has no way to stop what is going to happen In a last bid attempt to see him one last time she puts herself in harms way and once again ends up falling Except this time she falls and falls into a blackness like no other When she awakens she finds herself in France 1917Talk about a massive plot twist From here the story gets incredibly intense in some parts very graphic but also a reflection of what soldiers and nurses went through in hospitals treating victims of this terrible war I could not stop reading this story and was completely invested in Louisa and Robert finding each other again This was an unexpectedly fabulous story


  5. Bon Bon says:

    Thanks to Netgalley for a free copyI think Two and a half stars rounded upWell at first I thought this would be a refreshing little recommendation from Netgalley Instead it turned into a weird sort of faux Outlander that didn't even hold the advantage of the dude being kilt clad and sporting a sexy brogue Where to start? Perhaps with the good the bad and the ugly of the plot points and issues addressed in the book The Good realistic war grit grave condemnations of the state of modern day mental health programs in the UK andthe cover? I think I missed what the title is all about though The Bad realistic war grit to the point that injuries and illness and filth and stuff is just TOO MUCH I felt ill at parts Also instalove between the two leads and the romance on the whole feeling distinctly unconvincing Why risk death and dismemberment and getting lost in time to go save this dude that I can't even believe you love? The Ugly There's a scene where spoiler alert the main two hook up and this is only like 30% into the book I should mention first that the female protagonist is a near rape victim and definite sexual assault victim otherwise so this scene occurring with the male character in a sort of frenzied state of desire read like rape He's all I can't stop myself hope I don't hurt you and it was offputting as hell Also the Timey Wimey stuff? Completely ridiculous I have never heard of this take on time travel where you sort of astrally project into your soul's prior incarnation? What the I guess the best part was that it was uniue And there's a part at the end where our protagonist has to timehop rather uickly to gather pertinent information from the future and it was just implausible Overall take I mean it was a uick read I suppose but there was a looooong boring middle part so I could have easily stopped reading And the romance was whimsical? A bad sort of fluff? I don't know something was unappealing On to the next book


  6. Amy Bruno Amy Bruno says:

    I am suffering from a huge book hangover this morning I had the pleasure of reading two absolutely exceptional historicals this weekend and I know I won't be able to get them out of my head any time soonBeyond the Moon by Catherine Taylor is hands down one of the best books I've read this year I was curious to pick it up after seeing all of the great reviews and the synopsis sounded intriguing What I wasn't prepared for was how hard this book would hit me emotionally There are some pretty heavy themes in the book so it's not a light readThe book opens with Lieutenant Robert Lovett at Coldbrook Hospital in 1916 He's severely wounded from the war and has hysterical blindness His past life as an artist a distant memory for him he spends his days trying to recover and aching to go back to his menIn 2017 Louisa has just lost her grandmother the only family she has left and is drinking her pain away on a cliffside when she accidentally falls She wakes up at Coldbrook Hospital now a Mental Institution and they think she tried to kill herself so they admit her against her wishes As someone that suffers from depression that is my worst nightmare I cannot imagine being locked away and not in control of my own lifeOne night as she is exploring the Hospital she hears someone calling out It's Robert from 1916 and he tells her his story I don't want to go into much as you will want to find it all out for yourselfBeyond the Moon is truly a remarkable book I was blown away by Catherine's writingit's excellent and I can't wait for from her Highly highly recommended


  7. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with Beyond the Moon by Catherine Taylor I was a little concerned after seeing the comparisons made in the description and in several reviews to Outlander a book I was unable to finish as it was much too explicit and uite unnecessarily so at that Happily this was not the case There is a scene with some intimate details but fortunately it isn't too graphic and can easily be skipped if one desiresBeyond the Moon is a romance in that the main characters fall in love and rather uickly and sweetly but it is so much than that label might suggest I am not a romance reader but do not mind it when the romance plays second fiddle to the main storyline It is a uniue story of time travel there are elements that make it uniue that I won't share as it would spoil the unfolding of the story Suffice it to say it is an interesting spin on the usual time travel fantasyThe author has done a lot of research to provide the details that make one feel they are in the World War 1 time period and it is very affecting She has made it easy to immerse yourself in that world In one review I read someone felt that the modern hospital did not seem realistic I disagree it felt all too realistic in my opinion The uncaring often cruel treatment of patients is something we read of in the news it saddens and angers me but unfortunately it happens It isn't just in mental hospitals but in all institutions and daycare settings for all ages and developmental abilities I would recommend Beyond the Moon to people like me who enjoy actual historical fiction as contrasted with historical romance fiction Romance is there yes It drives the time travel but there is so much historical detail a seamless immersion into the past that it doesn't overpower the story The historical details are written so well so matter of factly not as a random collection of facts just thrown in but as a natural part of the writing that I am sure many readers will find enjoyable I was unable to put this book down and read it straight through in one day


  8. Shirley McAllister Shirley McAllister says:

    A WWI Romance with a TwistI loved this book it was very good Louisa's story tells of her being placed in Coldbrook a privately ran mental hospital She talks of the horrible conditions and the uncaring staff It is a sad part You can sympathize with the patients and wonder how such things could actually happen in the year 2017Louisa finds a portal to 1917 through a condemned wing of the hospital where she meets Robert an injured Soldier and they fall in love After Louisa falls through the floor into 1917 she becomes Rose A VAD nurse at a British Field hospital in France She describes in great detail the sad conditions in the hospital Shortage of Staff Supplies and euipment The horrible injuries to the soldiers and the deaths It is so realistic you feel as if you are actually there uite sad You have Robert's story He tells of his injury and when Louisa visits through the portal he falls in love with her Then he goes back to his unit in France to fight in the war While fighting in the trenches on the heels of the German Army he is captured and taken to a German POW camp Robert's part of the story tells of the front lines the trenches the injuries and the death of his fellow soldiers He tells of his inner feelings It is a very good depiction of the fighting soldier's life on the front lines After he is captured by the German's he details what it is like to live as a prisoner in a German POW camp It is also written in such a realistic manner that you feel as if you are there with RobertI love the characters I love the story line and the ending is fantastic If you want to find out how it all came about if Robert survives the POW camp if Rose and Robert ever get together again than you will have to read the book WarningOnce you pick up this book and start reading you will not want to stop until you are finished


  9. Sarah Sarah says:

    When a tumble down an eroding cliff face in the dark of night lands Louisa in AE the doctors determine that she is a danger to herself and admit her to Coldbrook Hall a psychiatric facility and put her on suicide watch Louisa is a former medical student and so hopes that if she can show them that she is not a risk to herself that there has been some misunderstanding then she will be released When she realizes that no one is going to believe her and the facility is too understaffed to care about individual patients she knows that she has to keep her wits about her and her head above waterWhen she learns there is a way to sneak away and into a closed and condemned ward of the hospital used during the First World War for recovering British soldiers she somehow stumbles upon a soldier recovering from his injuries She is confused and shocked but no so than when she tries to show her friend ony for there to be no evidence of him ever having been thereHer days then revolve around getting away and spending time with him They gradually get closer but how can they ever be together if she is only ever a visitor in the past real only to him?What follows is a beautiful and complex love story and an insight into the horrors of the new kind of war that soldiers had to face during World War IThis book my god I learned about this book in a recommendation email from NetGalley and I am so glad that I received the email This is one of the most uniue books that I have read for uite a whileThis book is told from two seperate first person narrations Louisa's and Robert's Two life stories being told simultaneously and coming together Sometimes dual narrations can make a story clunky but it really worked for this book and truly the only way I think this story would have workedThe author has a great voice and did such an amazing job with descriptive detailing that the parts of the story taking place in 1917 felt just as real and tangible to me as the parts of the story taking place in 2017I'll be completely honest I almost called it uits on this book when Louisa and Robert lost contact at about the midway point because I was worried that the rest of the book was just going to detail the seperate tragic endings for both of them But I decided to have faith in where the story was taking me and keep reading I'm so glad I did because the time apart and the journeys they both had to endure made the story so much powerful I loved this book than I can express I am astounded that this is the first book that Catherine Taylor has published I am looking forward to books from this authorI saw some people comparing it to Outlander And although it does involve a woman capable of traveling forward and backward through time I found Beyond the Moon and the Outlander series to be uite uniue from one another They are both lovely and have a completely different voice from one another Many thanks to NetGalley's AuthorBuzz and The Cameo Press Ltd for recommending this book to me via email and sharing an electronic copy with me for reviewing purposes I voluntarily read this book and this is my honest review


  10. Shaylin Gandhi Shaylin Gandhi says:

    This bookoh my word this bookI couldn’t put it down I found myself reading it at stoplights It burrowed under my skin and grabbed hold of me and didn’t let goThis is on the surface a time travel romance Yet this book is so much 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 warThe hero comes from a time that is as uncomplicated and honest as it is barbaric WW1 1917 and the heroine from a sterile and isolating age full of smartphones casual bullying and impersonal revolving door medical treatment 2017 When the two end up in the same place separated by 100 years their souls recognize one another and draw them together even across the fabric of timeThe romantic side of me loved this So did the medical side AND the cynical one It’s almost impossible to find a novel that satisfies all three but Catherine Taylor has managed to weave a beautiful tale filled with raw and ugly moments that only manage to make it all the poignantAs a previous reviewer mentioned the characters fall in love uite fast This is true It also isn’t the point and if you can accept the speed at which their feelings develop you will uncover a gem that is so much than “boy loves girl girl loves boy in return”The writing is beautiful even haunting at times Still this book is not for the faint of heart considering its graphic depiction of war and the bloody aftermath But for me that provided a stark and important counterpoint to the sweetness and innocence of the characters’ loveFive unualified well earned stars I highly recommend this bookMy deepest thanks to the author and to the publisher for the digital galley


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