A Place For Us
This is the first book of Harriet Evans’s that I had read, and I definitely would like to read more.
This moves away from the ‘chick-lit’ category and voices a slightly more mature story about a family, The Winters.
The parents in the family, Marta and David are quite old. David has failing health and the pair have been keeping a number of secrets from their dysfunctional family for some time. The book builds up to the unveiling of these secrets.
There are a lot of characters in this book and so I did find it quite hard at first to remember who was who, but a bit of concentration and perseverance lead me as the reader down a wonderful warren of individual stories that joined at the end.
The characters are really well written and although I wouldn’t say they were endearing, they were very believable and I truly felt sorry for the way that some of them had been damaged during life.
The novel takes all the things any family aspires to have, which is friendship, compassion, love, togetherness in a real enviable family unit and then throws in a number of curve balls and you soon realise the exterior of the Winter household is just a façade of quite an unnerving and sad existence.
I did enjoy this book, but I felt very sorry for a lot of the characters. It gives you a sense of soul-searching and asks you, what would I do if I were that character?
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