ARC BOOK REVIEW: The Acadian Secret by Tammy Lowe

Publication Date: August 10, 2022
Format: Kindle
Genre:  Time Travel/YA

Publisher: Wild Rose Press
217 pages
Buy:  Kindle | Paperback


Nova Scotia has kept an incredible secret for centuries. In 1795, sixteen-year-old John Smith, convinced he’s found buried treasure, digs down into a mysterious pit on a small island.

In present day Nova Scotia, twelve-year-old Elisabeth London knows there’s no such thing as magic, but when she finds herself in 17th century Scotland, she no longer knows what to think. While under the guardianship of a kind-hearted Highlander, Elisabeth discovers his ancestral home holds a mystery of its own.

As John continues to dig the strange pit, he inadvertently begins the longest running, most expensive, and deadliest treasure hunt in history. Now, Elisabeth London and John Smith each try to unravel the secrets consuming them, unaware that a tormented young man holds the string weaving all of their lives together.

For Elisabeth, the adventure is just beginning. Unless her parents discover she’s time-traveling. Then…she is so grounded.


I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley, I am leaving this review voluntarily. 

I love time travel books and I was so happy to grab an advanced copy of this one.  Super entertaining I loved that this is two stories in one that converge toward the end.  There is a mysterious man who pops up in all the time lines but we don't know who he is until much later in the book.  

Elisabeth lives in Nova Scotia but is drawn to a mysterious necklace in an antiques store and finds that it helps her travel through time. What starts out as fun quickly turns into something more menacing.  For a 12 year old time travel is about sharing your modern tech with people who will be awed by it, however 17th century Scotland is full of superstitious people and witch hunters looking to make a buck. 

John Smith is sure there is treasure hidden on an island off the coast of Nova Scotia. At 16 he and his friends start to dig, but their efforts are thwarted.  After he buys the land he starts his search again, a search that will claim many lives and keep him busy well into old age. 

I loved the characters and the way the story was woven together.  I was much more intrigued by Elisabeths story but I do like how they finally converged. I'm looking forward to this story continuing and finding out more about the mysterious man. 

Click on the 3 lines at the top of the blog to view my sidebar where you can follow me on facebook, bloglovin, and amazon