Book Review: A Place For Us Part 1 by Harriet Evans

Posted September 15, 2014 by thischickreads in review / 1 Comment

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The FIRST of four exclusive part-serialisations of a A Place for Us by Harriet Evans – you’ll be desperate to read on …

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.

*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Book serialisations seems to be very IN these days, don’t you think? Is it marketing or the author’s idea of keeping up the suspense, I don’t know but it has proved to be a very smart move.

‘A Place for Us Part 1’ is the first in what will be a four part series and which will be released as a complete novel in January 2015. This installment is not only the first part, but it’s actually the first work by Ms Evans I’ve ever read, though I’ve been hearing people praising her writing. I was over the moon when I got the opportunity to read this one, and let me tell you, it’s fantastic!

It tells the story about Martha Winter who decides to throw a big party for her 80th Birthday. Most of the family (and they are a rather big family) will be there as well as the people from surrounding since the Winters are very popular and respected. However, the reason for this party is not just to celebrate Martha’s Birthday, seems she wants to gather the whole family to reveal something she’s been keeping it a secret for so many years. Naturally, some of the members of the family are surprised, some haven’t even been in contact for quite some time. What is the purpose of this big reunion, that’s what all they’d like to know. But Martha is wise and will reveal that when the moment is right.

First off, I simply adore family dramas which revolve around big family secrets. Ms Evans perfectly manages to portray one very peculiar family, whose members are so different. Though they’ve fallen apart throughout the years, there are many strong bonds that tie them and their future together. Honestly, I couldn’t put this book down. It’s short yet not the easiest book to read, but it’s complexity and many characters shouldn’t be something to worry you. The copy I’ve been sent even came with a family tree, which was a great thing and sure made things easier for me. But listen, once you get into the story and get to know these characters, you’ll know how to distinguish one family member from the other. I really don’t know how Ms Evans managed to develop each and one of them, making them seem so real for the readers, but she did it! Hats off!

The writing is beautiful, rich and unique. Ms Evans certainly has a knack for keeping us all in suspense, while gradually building it till BOOM, you’re simply blown away by the outcome. It’s cleverly written book with events you won’t be able to predict. There are many nail biting scenes, especially the ending…which yes, is a huge cliff hanger but in my opinion, was THE BEST way to end this installment.

Completely mind blowing, insanely gripping, ‘A Place For Us Part 1’ is a smashing start of this series. I strongly recommend it to everyone, especially those who love gripping reads about deep, dark, family secrets. You’re in for a treat, I’m telling you.

My rating: 9/10


One response to “Book Review: A Place For Us Part 1 by Harriet Evans

  1. Tanya phillips

    Sounds great. Think will wait for the book. To be honest getting a bit fed up of parts of books. X

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