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A Place for Us by Harriet Evans
  

A Place for Us

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Sarah Broadhurst's view...

Fans of Harriet Evans will probably agree that this big family drama is possibly her best book so far. It is terrific. Like so many of this type of involved family tale it centres around a gathering, in this case mother Martha’s eightieth birthday, so the three siblings, their appendages and offspring are summoned. Secrets are about to be revealed … and so the drama begins. As Martha begins her story so even bigger dramas land at their feet. This is not the sort of tale I want to give anything away – you just have to read it and let the various secrets surprise you and keep you turning the pages. Highly recommended.

If you like Harriet Evans you might also like to read books by Penny Vincenzi, Jill Mansell and Trisha Ashley.

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Reader Reviews

As well as our expert opinion, members of our Lovereading reader review panel were invited to read and review A Place for Us, 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 >

Synopsis

A Place for Us by Harriet Evans

The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day. So opens A Place for Us by 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.

Find out more about the characters in the book by watching the videos from Harriet below.

Reviews

I adored this latest and was transfixed right to the end... This brilliantly written portrait of a fascinating family in crisis is an emotionally intelligent, thoughtful and engaging read * Daily Mail * I was blissfully carried away by this intelligent (she's as good as the great Rosamunde Pilcher), classy and superbly executed family saga * Saga * Atmospheric and descriptive, Evans creates a tangible world full of tragedy and hardship, love and redemption, with a satisfying conclusion. Hugely enjoyable * Psychologies * Fabulously gripping story * Prima * A really superior modern saga, with utterly true to life characters * Sunday Mirror * A brilliantly written story that will stay with you long after the last page * Fabulous Magazine, Sun on Sunday * Harriet Evans is a master at creating characters you feel like you know inside out, and wish you could meet in real life - we almost couldn't bear to leave them when we finished. An unputdownable thrill of a novel - you'll be racing to the end to find out the Winter family's deep, dark secret. If you are looking for a modern-day Daphne du Maurier thriller with plenty of tear-jerking romance along the way, here's the perfect addition to your bookshelf. ***** * Heat *


About the Author

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

15th January 2015

Author

Harriet Evans

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Publisher

Headline Review an imprint of Headline Publishing Group

Format

Paperback
448 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Relationship Stories
Romantic Fiction
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781472221261

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