Book Review: A Place for Us Part 2 by Harriet Evans

Posted November 19, 2014 by thischickreads in review / 0 Comments


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.


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

And we’re once again united with the Winter family. This is the second book in the serialisation by Harriet Evans and I was dying to read it. After reading the first part which ended with a major cliff hanger, I couldn’t wait to start this one and learn more about the Winter family and their big secrets.

Winters are a strange bunch, but they get under your skin. Martha is celebrating her birthday and wants the whole family around because she has a LOT of confessions to make. Loads of secrets will be revealed and maybe some members could even get hurt. At the beginning, it felt a bit strange to be introduced to so many characters, but Harriet does this effortlessly, guiding you step by step into her characters’ psyche, pealing a layer after layer allowing you to see the big picture. After reading the first part, I honestly thought the story couldn’t get any better and more gripping. But I was wrong, because whatever it was that I was expecting, I sure didn’t expect this part to be so so good. It’s probably my favourite part in the serialisation, as it reveals so many things about Daisy, who’s in my opinion, one of the most mysterious and intriguing characters. It’s through Martha’s and the other members’ memory we get to learn more about her, about all the reasons she’s been so strange since the beginning. Compared to the other parts, I think this is the one when the book gets it’s climax and reaches a point no one’s been able to predict. I sure didn’t and I pride myself on my ability to easily predicting events or books’ endings. But in this case I simply couldn’t, which is one of the reasons why I’m fascinated with this part.

Intriguing and gripping, this is the book that you’ll devour in one sitting. I strongly recommend reading A Place For Us Part 1 first, as this part as well as 3 and 4 are all parts of a same novel and can’t be read as stand-alones. Terrific, from the beginning to the end, I highly recommend it.


My rating: 9/10


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