Book Review: A Time for Penance, by Robin Storey.

28 May
Book Review: A Time for Penance, by Robin Storey.

Thank you to Author Robin Storey for offering me the chance to read and review ‘A Time for Penance’. The blurb of this book appealed to me as it got me thinking, what would you do differently if you could go back in time? And would fate intervene and leave you in the same place as you were? Or are we masters of our own destiny? Plus there is the gritty crime part, I’m always a sucker for that! 



She murdered her husband. Now she has a chance to undo her crime.

For 20 years, wealthy socialite Eva Dennehy has borne the guilt of murdering her first husband Charlie, who was planning to leave her for his mistress.

When Eva is offered the opportunity to travel back in time, and undo her crime as penance, she accepts – what does she have to lose? Back in her old life with Charlie, her passion for him surpassed only by her torment at his infidelity, she is more determined than ever to prevent him from leaving her.

But her plan plunges her into a world of crime and depravity, and she soon discovers she has even more to lose this time around.

This taut, gritty novel about jealousy, betrayal and the dark side of love will appeal to fans of suspense, crime and modern noir.


Published May 7th 2017 by Robin Storey


My Thoughts:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went into this book. Yes, I love gritty crime stories, and time travel ones are ok. But putting the two together was something I hadn’t read anything of before. If the book had been filled with too much unbelievable talk of the time travel, then I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it so much. But the time travel parts were mainly at the beginning and the end, with a few parts interspersed throughout, as Eva notices the differences in technology (no mobile phones!), and has to hide facts about people and things that had happened that she shouldn’t know. 

I was intrigued as to whether Eva would end up in the same place as the beginning of the book, i.e with a dead Husband! or if the book was going to go down the route of master of your own destiny, and fix your mistakes. Well, obviously I won’t say how it ends, but I will tell you it was good, very good. 

As I started reading this, I became more and more hooked throughout. I liked it a lot better than I was expecting actually. Perhaps this has a little to do with the cover. I don’t think the cover does the book as much justice as it deserves. That’s just my opinion though.

The plot had a good flow that kept me gripped until the end. It also got me thinking about the prospect of being able to go back in time. What would you do differently and how would this change the outcomes? 

A really good book, and taught me…….don’t judge a book by its cover! This was a brilliant read.





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10 responses to “Book Review: A Time for Penance, by Robin Storey.

  1. irena_bookdustmagic

    May 31, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I agree, the cover could have been better! But when I read the synopsis, the story sounded pretty interesting, and now with your review, I believe it is a good escape.
    Is this book self published, or published by a very small publisher? That would explaind the cover situation…

    • chocolatepages

      May 31, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      It is self published (I think), so yes I guess that explains the cover. But it was a great story, it was definitely the blurb that encouraged me to read it.

  2. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    June 5, 2018 at 9:11 am

    I feel the same way as you do about the cover. But wow, this sounds very good. I like the idea of undoing your crime and get another chance. You don’t know what you are in for! xx

    • chocolatepages

      June 6, 2018 at 7:15 pm

      Yes it was definitely the blurb that pulled me in. Made me think, if I could go back in time what I would change?!! 🙄

  3. Lindsay | Bookboodle

    June 9, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Yeah the cover definitely doesn’t work – looks more like a Mills and Boon! 😉
    Plot has an interesting premise!

    Thanks for linking with #TalkoftheTown

    • chocolatepages

      June 9, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      Funny, all my commenters said that too. I wonder if the author will consider changing it?

  4. shazjera

    June 9, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I have to agree on the cover Amanda. Covers draw a lot of readers in to read the blurb don’t they … I’ve read one this year when the cover didn’t do the story justice (published by a smaller press) and I know it will have slipped under readers’ radars 😦 I love timetravel but crime not so much (although I have been watching Continuum on Netflix!). Fab review. Thanks for linking #TalkoftheTown

    • chocolatepages

      June 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Mmmm I haven’t heard of Continuum, but I’m looking for a new Netflix series, so I might check that out. Thanks.

  5. suzanna

    June 9, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    This sounds a really interesting premise but I agree about the cover. I like time travel stories so might give this one a go 🙂

    • chocolatepages

      June 10, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      It was a really interesting book, and one I couldn’t predict. Thank you.


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