The THIRD of four exclusive part-serialisations of a A Place for Us by Harriet Evans and one step closer to the thrilling conclusion …
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*
After that climax the story reached in part 2, I really didn’t think there will be more secrets and revelations. But, I was wrong. Winters have more secrets than any fictional family I’ve read about before, and there are so many layers to this story. After we find out the truth about Daisy, which was revealed in part 2, Harriet tells us a bit more about David, Martha’s husband and we also get to know Florence a bit better.
To be frank, this is the part in the serialisation that got me most emotional. I felt sad after I learned more about Daisy in part 2, but that was more of a shock. But in this part, I truly truly got emotional over David’s past and what he went through with his family. He had a hard life, growing up with a strict father who was also an alcoholic, and it takes a lot for a person not to turn into that beast he had as a father figure. I have so much more respect for David as a character after reading this book and his story is fantastic and one that will make you emotional (even if just for a wee bit). Or it may make you cry, it was that sad.
To be honest, Florence was never my favourite character, and even in this part she didn’t fascinate me. She seems too bitter to me, which is understandable to a certain extent considering the facts she’s always doubted her heritage and many of the secrets Martha reveals affect Florence too. However, I think Ms Evans managed perfectly to portray so many different characters, and though there’s many of them, these differences make them stand out, so it’s kind of easier to remember or distinguish them. As expected, the story is a bit calmer than in part 2, but still there are so many intriguing and interesting facts about the Winters that make this part intense. Maybe not as intense as part 2, but still there’s a lot going on and David’s story adds perfectly to the main plot.
Overall, it was a great and enjoyable read, pretty emotional too and will keep you glued to its pages. It just proved what I already knew before, that Harriet Evans is a great author, who can keep up the suspense and mystery. Totally recommend to everyone looking for a family drama with loads of complex characters and big, big secrets.
My rating: 8/10