A Place for Us: Part 1

by Harriet Evans

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LoveReading View on A Place for Us: Part 1

Beautifully told, with a cast of truly intriguing characters, this is a novel that immediately captures attention and allows you to immerse yourself in its velvety depths. This, the first in an exclusive four part serialisation of the novel, introduces the Winter family; soon to turn 80 Martha invites everyone to a party at Winterfold, where she plans an announcement she fears will tear them apart. Scattered around the world, the different generations all seem to hold and hide secrets and as hints and suggestions slink across the pages, we are kept in suspense, waiting to see who can and who will attend the party and wondering what the announcement could possibly be. Evans portrays the characters with a deft and eloquent touch, she allows them a quirk, a flaw, a vulnerability that brings them vibrantly to life. Her descriptions of Winterfold are so enticing, you find yourself wishing for an invitation to join the party. The end of part one brings you back to reality with a gasp, this is gloriously wonderful writing and will leave you waiting with baited breath for the next part in the series.

 

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A Place for Us: Part 1 Synopsis

The FIRST of a 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.

A Place for Us: Part 1 Reader Reviews

As well as our expert opinion, members of our Lovereading reader review panel were invited to read and review the whole of this novel blind (ie Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4), without knowing either the title or author, as part of a competition with Headline to #guesstheauthor.  You can read their reviews below.

  • Rachel Hall - 'From the suspense of the opening pages to the emotional climax of this book, I was thoroughly captivated...This novel is an absolute tour de force.' Read full review >
  • Richard Hamlin - 'This is quite simply an enthralling read; one of those books that you'll be burning the midnight oil to finish...When you reach the end, you'll simply want to reflect on a great work of modern literature.' Read full review >
  • Janet Gilluard - 'I thoroughly enjoyed this book and got engrossed in the lives of the Winter family in their lovely home Winterfold. I highly recommend this novel.' Read full review >
  • Gavin Dimmock - 'The book grabbed me early on...Winterfold, the house, is a powerful part of this story and I felt it held the same stature as Manderlay does in Rebecca, although not as malevolent.' Read full review >
  • Linda Hill - 'The plot is highly satisfying without ever being clichéd and is a real delight to read.' Read full review >
  • Emily Wright - 'A novel of pathos, hope, parenthood and sacrifices made in the name of an ideal family; this book left me feeling very grateful for my own, small but perfectly formed, family unit.' Read full review >
  • Angie Rhodes - 'Not since Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca have I been so captivated with a family and it's secrets, holding my breath as the story unfolds...This is a book not to be missed.' Read full review >
  • Tanya Thurling - 'All in all a good, emotional and heart wrenching read.' Read full review >
  • Edel Waugh - 'This book had one of the best opening lines that I have ever read and from the very first chapter this book truly grabs you.' Read full review >
  • Jillian McFrederick - 'A great read, easy to access and  full of the kind of  diverse characters who we are happy to read about but maybe not live with!' Read full review >
  • Emma Smith – 'I would probably give this book three out of five. I didn't love it, but didn't hate it either.' Read full review >
  • Julie Bertschin - 'A story that will pull you in, envelop you in its richness and fill you with the sense of being deep in the countryside at the beautiful Winterfold house.  A great summer read.' Read full review >
  • Magda North - 'Lovely summer read.' Read full review >
  • Ruth Paterson - 'This book is a mesmerising story about love, self discovery and the torment of keeping secrets and grief. The characters haunted me long after finished reading and I can definitely recommend the book.' Read full review >
  • Sue Broom - 'A feel-good family drama on the surface but there is much more to it than that.  Highly recommended.' Read full review >
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'this unnamed, orphaned book was the revealing of individual secrets being revealed to members of a very individual family.' Read full review >
  • Margaret Freeman -  'The Winters appear to be the perfect family, but no family can be that perfect and one by one their secrets begin to surface.' Read full review >
  • Margaret Madden -  'A great read, despite not knowing who the author is. A tale of family and secrets and whether it is better to come clean or not.' Read full review >
  • Susan Walsh - 'A book about Family Life. What makes Families special, what rips them apart and above all what brings them home again.' Read full review >
  • Suzanne Beney - 'A family tale, which proves everyone has at least one secret lurking in the background. From the outset I was gripped by this family’s story.' Read full review >
  • Julie Bickerdyke -  'A fascinating story of family secrets and lives intertwined. Very sad in many ways with so much misunderstanding, not to mention lies and deception.' Read full review >
  • Jocelyn Garvey - 'A good book by a very good writer. The prose flows and you are taken along the journey that they are all making.' Read full review >
  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'An enthralling and gripping read!' Read full review >
  • Sophia Ufton - 'This book is the best book I have read by far, the story is gripping and you want to keep reading, I didn't want to put it down.' Read full review >
  • Anne Cater - 'A beautiful home. A successful family. Built and created on secrets. The truth is about to come out.  Multi-layered, complex and full of eccentric characters.' Read full review >
  • Iris Clements - 'This is a perfect holiday read written by a master storyteller with a cast of well observed characters.' Read full review >
  • Evelyn Love-Gajardo - 'I loved this book. It's a great piece of storytelling in a beautiful setting with believable characters which held my attention throughout.' Read full review >
  • Kath Thornton - 'I was hooked right from the beginning of this amazing read and read it in two sessions.' Read full review >
  • Jan Kirkcaldy - 'It was quite an enjoyable read but at every turn of the page I felt I’d been there before with other families based in a reasonable sized house in rural England.'  Read full review >

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ISBN: 9781472221285
Publication date: 31/07/2014
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group (Digital)
Format: Electronic book text

Book Information

ISBN: 9781472221285
Publication date: 31st July 2014
Author: Harriet Evans
Publisher: Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group (Digital)
Format: Electronic book text
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Family Drama, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Harriet Evans

Harriet Evans is a Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of seven previous novels, including A Hopeless Romantic, The Love of Her Life, Happily Ever After and Not Without You. She spent a number of years working in the publishing industry before becoming an author fulltime. She lives in London with her family.   Author Photo © Johnny Ring

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