Tuesday 22 July 2014

Review: A Place For Us by Harriet Evans

A Place For Us by Harriet Evans
Publisher: Headline Review
Release date: 31 July 2014
Rating: *****
Back cover blurb: 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.
A Place For Us is another of those novels that I was recently invited to read via the publishers on Netgalley. This one stood out from the others though as it is only part One of a serialisation.

I've never actually read a serialised novel before. Sure, I've read novels that have been 'split' into Parts. But I've never had to wait to read the next part!  
And oh how I wish I didn't have to wait for the Part Two...

Martha Winter is about to turn Eighty, an occasion which she wants (understandably) to celebrate with the rest of her family. Most of her family members however are no longer local to Winterfold, the Winter residence, and so Martha has to send invitations for her party far and wide. 
Invitations that include a promise that a special announcement will be made.

The invitations are received with mixed reactions and each family member is introduced to us in turn, chapter by chapter as we learn their reaction. The family itself seems complex, each of them harbouring their own secrets as they try to fathom what Martha's announcement could be.

Part One ends with a cracker of a cliffhanger, and I can't wait to read what happens next!!

A Place For us is available to pre-order online now from Amazon, released 31 July 2014.

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Thank you to the publishers who invited me to request the novel via netgalley.

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