Running Behind Time

There’s a wrinkle in time on the 15:15 train from Paddington to Cheltenham Spa 

It’s the Summer of 1982, and Beth Sawyer is thrilled to have landed the title role in a play. It may only be in a fringe theatre in Shepherd’s Bush, but it’s the start she’s always dreamed of. 

It’s the Summer of 2020, amid the global pandemic, and Tom Brookes is furloughed. Unable to face lockdown in a tiny city flat, he moves back to his mother’s cottage in the sleepy Cotswold village of Stoatsfield-under-Ridge.

Neither of them expects an everyday train journey to throw their normal lives so spectacularly off-course. 

This is the story of an extraordinary encounter between two people who should never have met.   

A must for fans of Kate Atkinson, Audrey Niffenegger & Diana Gabaldon

Just awarded 5 -stars by readers’ Favorite (USA)

To quote from the 3 separate reviewers who all gave it 5-stars:

“A compelling story… For a bit of fantasy and suspension of reality in these tough times, with a story that is topical for today, this is a winner… I know you’ll love this offering. I did and I can highly recommend it.”

“Running Behind Time, written by Jan Turk Petrie, is an entertaining, thrilling book – don’t miss it!”

“Beautifully written, well-edited and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A well-deserved 5 stars.”

Awarded ‘Indie Books we Love’ accolade.

“WOW! What a fabulous and enjoyable read – read it in one sitting as needed to know what happened next. A tale of time travel from 2020 to 1982 – and back again. Following the story of Tom when he meets Beth – such detail in lives during the pandemic of 2020 and lives in 1982. Don’t want to give too much of the story away – can’t recommend it highly enough. I have just ordered one of her other books. I am so impressed.”

LoveReading Ambassador reviewer