Monday, 4 August 2014

Review - A Place For Us. Part 1 - Harriet Evans



When I was auto approved on this book, I honestly wasn't sure if I would like it. It's not really the sort of book, I generally go for. Yet, I decided I would give it a go. When I started the book, I thought it was a little slow, and the characters were maybe a little older than I could relate to. I know that sounds odd, but the main 2 characters are in their 80's and for some reason, I wasn't sure if I could become engrossed in the story. Well, I ignored that fear and persevered on.
A lot of characters were thrown in to the book, a lot of POV's to take in and absorb. All different stories and backgrounds, all of them surrounding the main 2 and the gorgeous Winterfold house that they lived in. Winterfold is the centre of everything, the family, all of their lives. It's where Martha Winter and her husband brought their children to start a fresh life, many years ago when they had no money and many secrets. It's always been the centre of stories and home to many famous parties. The secrets are still there and have multiplied since then. Now Martha Winter is turning 80, and has requested the whole family to join her for a party and a reveal of some news. With 3 members of the family in different countries, it's tricky. Yet they all know to come, when requested. Although, they all seem to fear this announcement that will made by Martha.
We are taken through all the generations of stories, not every single one of the family, but six people at the moment. It's a lot to take in, but once I knew whom everybody was, I picked up the pace easily enough. What has me gripped, is all the endless secrets intertwined in their lives. They all have their share of pain and torment, and little by little we are learning it all.
I didn't enjoy all the characters but I loved all their stories and uniqueness. They were completely different from any characters I have come across in a while, and I enjoyed that!
The places all over the world that the family live in, are written about beautifully and make me long to go visit.
A funny little fact, once I started reading this book, I thought the surrounding places sounded familiar, I think the fictional(?) Winterfold and it's surrounding area may be where I live or very close by!! That was a pleasing little find for me, Yes little things please me. Lol.
So, I'm glad I decided to read this first part in A Place For Us, I know it is 4 parts from one book, but this individual part was incredibly revealing. I am desperate to find out the rest of the story.
A surprising, and enjoying read. 4 stars.  

**I was offered this book to read by Netgalley in exchange for an honest and fair review**