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?
©2013 Harriet Evans (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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I found this book palled a little for me. The characters were a bit cliched and the story long winded. The narration didn't help as lots of long pauses were used in odd places which I found irritating. It was ok but I wouldn't read it again.
Took me literally hours to get into this, nearly gave up but persisted
slow start and takes ages to link the characters but once you do and the proper story starts it's worth it!
Really glad I stuck with it and have a feeling a second listen will be more enjoyable than the first now the start (well, first 3 hours) has some actual meaning.
This book does ramble on for a long time, but enjoyable overall. It is quite enjoyable
I liked the character of Karen, she was human and not some kind of heroine we are often fed
First audiobook read by Gabrielle and it was fine, but I was distracted on occasion by 'young Bob' if she was getting a bit excited in the reading (this would probably only distract other Bkackadder viewers though!
Good modern family saga, believable and well read
Review: in terms of length and depth, this read was epic. It was also enjoyable, although it did take a while to get through. I originally read this book as part one and part two but then i decided to sit down and read it from start to finish when it was released as a whole book. I found that I couldn't remember exactly what had happened with each individual part so I'm glad I did this and glad I started back at the beginning again! Just a bit of advice if you are planning on picking this one up!
I loved the fact that this was told through various different characters, i love reading books that are structured that way! It was interesting, as well, to have these characters be different ages and different genders. I really liked hearing from Joe's point of view because he was outside of the Winter family and so it was good to have his perspective on everything that was going on inside of The Winter family.
In terms of plot, this book really does give you everything, there's romance, deceit, a LOT of family secrets, break downs, break ups, death, mystery but overall, the general theme of this book is family and what that means, how it can affect us and how it can be such a positive thing when all is said and done. The fact that this book covers so much meant that, although it was long, there was always something new coming up. The multi-perspective chapter structure also helped this but literally not knowing what was going to be around the next corner in the story really was the best thing about this book.
In terms of setting, we have the family home in rural setting, we have a little bit of Florence, a little bit of Paris and just a touch of London. I really liked this as well and it helped separate out the main characters more (until they all came together in the family home of course!) I would recommend this book if you have got the time to give to it because it is definitely worth sitting down and reading cover to cover on a weekend or a holiday. I also listened to this on audiobook and that was a really good listening experience too!
This got off to a slow start and I nearly gave up but imperceptibly it began to grip as the complexities of the Winter family became more obvious. By the end I was enjoying it enormously though I felt that some storylines were more complete than others despite the epilogue rounding the story off well. I was sad to leave the company of the Winters and the world of Winterfold and glad I had persisted with the story.
I thought the narrator did an excellent job of keeping the story and character voices clear even with multiple narrators and the fact that the story goes backwards and forwards in time.
Mum of three. Lover of mysteries and thrillers, shoes, genealogy and walking.
Managed to listen to four hours if this mind numbingly boring book. Absolutely dull. Nothing happens. I appreciate it takes time to get familiar with the characters but after four hours I would have thought that something resembling a story would be evident. It wasn't and I couldn't bear to listen to another minute if this over described dull nonsense. My advice is to avoid and to download something else.
I bought this book on a whim but very quickly got caught up into the lives of all the characters - it is well read and the story itself has you entranced from beginning to end. There are all sorts of different strands in this book - Love hate violence anger romance cheerfulness sorrow. A cornucopia which has you wanting to find out the next bit in the story all the time. I listened on my way to work and was late twice because I wanted to know what happened! Definitely not light and fluffy this is a well written book that will make you smile and keep you interested in the lives of the characters all the way through.
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