A Place For Us by Harriet Evans


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.

A Place For Us by Harriet Evans

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?

A Place For Us is available to buy now.

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8 thoughts on “A Place For Us by Harriet Evans

  1. Ooh this book sounds right up my street, I haven’t read a book in so long – determined to take a few days off over the Christmas holidays and a book is definitely in my plans 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix – it’s live again tomorrow from 7am,

    Stevie x

    • Sally Sally says:

      I can imagine that Mums don’t get much time to read books. Yes absolutely, not only that, they can provide a few minutes of escapism.

  2. This is a new author to me too. Isn’t it sad that some families live this way? And that damage is passed down instead of love. If it makes you think and question your child rearing techniques then it has taught something valuable!

    • Sally Sally says:

      Yes it’s quite a sad story, but reading between the lines, I think there was a lot of love but somewhere something went wrong. I’m not sure I’ve explained that very well. I think the parents had the best intentions and tried to do their best, but for some reason things didn’t quite work out how they planned. I suppose not dissimilar to life really. You can have all the plans in the world, but you can be sure that things never quite go that way!

  3. Oh this sounds like my kind of book and perfect for the holiday season. I haven’t read any of Harriet Evans books but will check them out. Thank you for hosting a great party and see you next week!

    • Sally Sally says:

      No, she was a new author to me too, but I really loved her writing style. I shouldn’t see why there wouldn’t be a spanish version!

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