A Stitch in Time is a love story between two adults from two different times. It is heartfelt and moves at a can’t-put-the-book-down pace. Kelley is famous for her thrillers and it comes out here. There are some very heart in the throat sequences. All the action is really smart–these are adults, and there aren’t any plot contrivances because a character made a decision that was out-of-characterly dumb. The characters are also realistically drawn. The heroine is a university professor from Canada, and she is believably woke. The characters in the rural Scottish village where the titular “stitch” in time is located are not. However, they’re not bigots either. They’re just not up to date on the latest lingo, which doesn’t mean they aren’t accepting.
There was a lot of interplay between cultures–past and present, rural and urban. At one point the heroine points out that the Victorians could crush someone’s reputation with just the insinuation of a sexual scandal, but of course, at least in the U.S., reputations have been damaged and or destroyed by false accusations. For good and for bad, people are just people, but love and friendship are as enduring as the bad … and that was what really made the book.