Monday, 1 September 2014

A Place For Us (Part 2) by Harriet Evans

Out Now
Published by Headline
Purchase from Amazon here

The Blurb:

The SECOND of four exclusive part-serialisations of a A Place for Us by Harriet Evans will reunite you with the Winter family ...

The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day.

So opens A Place for Us by Sunday Times bestselling author Harriet Evans, a book you'll dive into, featuring a family you'll fall in love with ... and never want to leave. If you devour Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binchy and have discovered Jojo Moyes, you'll be thrilled to add Harriet Evans to your collection of favourite authors.

The house has soft, purple wisteria twining around the door. You step inside.

The hall is cool after the hot summer's day. The welcome is kind, and always warm.

Yet something makes you suspect life here can't be as perfect as it seems.
After all, the brightest smile can hide the darkest secret.

But wouldn't you pay any price to have a glorious place like this?

Welcome to Winterfold.

Martha Winter's family is finally coming home.

My Review:

Ooh, the intrigue and mystery! This is the second of a four part serialisation of this book. I am not a big fan of books being released in parts, as once I get hooked I hate to be left handing, and I also sometimes struggle to remember what had happened in earlier parts. However, that didnt happen in this case as I found it easy to get back into the storyline.

The book is telling the story of the Winter family. The family appear to be quite disjointed and complex. However, Martha, the Mother / Grandmother of the family is about to celebrate her birthday, and has sent each of them invitations revealing that she has an announcement to make.

The first part was us being introduced to each of the characters. This second part gets far meatier as the family begin to descend on Winterfold and the family home. A key character in this is Cat who left home for France years before. She returns home with her son. A son the family knew nothing about. We also see more of Joe who has been employed by Martha to provide the catering for her drinks and birthday lunch. However, it seems Joe may be closer to the family than just the caterer.

This second installment gave me quite a few 'ohhhhh' moments, where something happened, or I learnt information that I didn't see coming. I was really becoming absorbed in the storyline and desperate to know what happens next. I just want the next part so I can get stuck in.

I am enjoying the way this book is written. I wasn't totally sure if it was for me at the end of the first part, but I have loved reading the way the second one flows. I enjoy the way each chapter flits between characters so you get to see how the plot is developing from each of their perspectives, as well as the impact on them. I like that so much time was spent outlining each character and their story as it all seems to fit together more easily for me now the plot is deepening. I particularly like Cat and Joe and am intrigued as to what will happen with them.  It has left me waiting with baited breath for more and would definitely look to read more of Harriet Evan's books in the future.

Thank you to Headline for providing a copy of the novella in return for an honest review.

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