Friday, February 5, 2016

Book Review: A Place For Us

By Melissa Smoot

From the moment I discovered Harriet Evans and her book Going Home, I was hooked. I've read everything she's written and have loved every single page of every book. Harriet has a way of weaving her characters lives together in a realistic and emotional way. Her stories always have depth and warmth at the heart of them, and a sprinkle of humor and fun, to make the perfect balance.

A Place For Us is no exception and I am grateful that I get to review her latest great read.

The story takes place in the English countryside at a place called Winterfold. The descriptive way that Evans paints the large rambling home, and the family that lives there, gives a clear picture to the imagination.

Martha is the mother of three children. Bill is a doctor and considered the "golden child", Florence is a professor in Italy and is considered eccentric and a wanderer, and then there is Daisy...the so called "black sheep" of the family.

Martha and her husband, David, have been keeping a family secret for decades. One summer morning, Martha sits down to write out the invitations to her 80th birthday celebration. She knows she needs to finally come clean, but how will the family react and will it tear them apart?

This book kept me guessing from the beginning, I had no idea what the big secret could be and enjoyed learning about all of the characters and the history that led up to the fateful moment. Whether you're already a fan of Evans as I am, or you have yet to discover her storytelling talents, this book should definitely be high on your "must read" list. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you'll feel for the family in this story.

Thanks to Gallery for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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1 comment:

Janine said...

This book sounds really good