Book Review : A Place for Us by Harriet Evans

May 4, 2015 Book review 10 ★★

Unfortunately this just wasn’t a Trish book.  And I hate when a book I was excited about ends up being a book that I have struggle my way.  But c’est la vie!  We can’t love them all…

Book Review : A Place for Us by Harriet EvansA Place for Us by Harriet Evans
Published by Headline on January 15th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Family Life
Pages: 480
Format: Paperback
Source: Bookbridgr
Goodreads
two-stars

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.

First Line of A Place for Us by Harriet Evans:

“The day Martha Winter decided to tear her family apart began like any other day.”

My Thoughts on A Place for Us by Harriet Evans:

I was eagerly anticipating this book as it’s a family drama and I’m a huge fan of domestic settings, family squabbles and hidden skeletons.  And I thought the first line was hugely promising so I was ready, willing and able to be captivated by this book.  But it just didn’t happen.

There are a lot of characters and a lot of different povs and I think that might have distanced me from really getting absorbed into their lives.  But then again the book blurb compares this author to Maeve Binchy and I have never once felt that while reading a Maeve Binchy book.  Her books are bursting with characters and they always draw me in.

The characters in A Place for Us are very varied and they are all going through a life crisis.  You have Marta and David, their three children Bill, Daisy and Florence, their daughter in law Karen, and the the two grandchildren Cat and Lucy.  The only two characters that I cared about were David and Lucy.  The story of David’s life as a child just after the war was absorbing and I felt a bit robbed when we moved from his point of view.  And I just liked Lucy’s optimistic, warm personality.  The others though, I can take them or leave them.

The language in the book is very wordy and as a style that doesn’t work for me.  I prefer books that get to the point and don’t labour industriously to make that point.  In addition, I read a lot as you know and I think I have a pretty extensive vocabulary but a few words in this one threw me and I had to go look them up.  Again this just takes me out of the story and fazes me a bit as I’m not used to that happening.

I did however read the whole book despite not being that into it and overall I thought the storyline was good.

So the issues for me personally were

– I’m just not a fan of the authors writing style

–  the pace was too painfully slow for me.

 

Rating Report
Characters
two-half-stars
Setting
two-stars
Pace
two-stars
Did I feel it?
two-stars
Overall: two-stars

 

Who should read A Place for Us by Harriet Evans?

I find it hard to know who to recommend this book to as it didn’t work for me.  However the Goodreads average rating at the moment is 3.71 so obviously a lot of people do love the book.  Maybe check a few of their reviews if the synopsis has peaked your interest.

Thanks to Bookbridgr and Headline for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

two-stars

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10 Responses to “Book Review : A Place for Us by Harriet Evans”

    • trish

      I’m ok with various pov’s but only when the characters are interesting! I love that feeling when you are sad to shift pov but then get engrossed in the new pov. I just didn’t get that.

    • trish

      I think wordy can often lose me so I’m probably not a great judge of this one. It might work better for you 🙂

    • trish

      I know slow pace is often a killer of a good read for me. I don’t think I’ve much patience and I want things to happen!

    • trish

      Over wordy is a disaster for me unless those words are leading somewhere special and I didn’t think that was the case here 🙁

  1. Haniya

    This books looks pretty interesting! I so agree with everyone that a book with different POVs must be written well!! For me it has always been from from first person’s POV!!
    Would love to talk about books with you!!
    Haniya |http://booknauthors.blogspot.com/?m=1
    Haniya recently posted…Kingdom From Ashes by Megan Linski

    • trish

      I don’t really mind whether it’s first person or third person pov. But I want the characters to draw me in and make me care 🙂

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