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Summary

The new novel by Sunday Times best seller Harriet Evans will transport you to a Dorset beach house, where you can feel the sand between your toes. Enter the home of Tony and Althea Wilde - the Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor of their generation and with a marriage every bit as stormy. This glorious tale of tangled family secrets and lies will leave you warm and glowing.

Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative...adulterous to the core.

They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our lives love and colour in a house by the sea - the house that sheltered my orphaned father when he was a boy.

But the summer Mads arrived changed everything. She too had been abandoned and my father understood why. We Wildflowers took her in.

My father was my hero, he gave us a golden childhood, but the past was always going to catch up with him...it comes for us all, sooner or later.

This is my story. I am Cordelia Wilde. A singer without a voice. A daughter without a father. Let me take you inside.

©2018 Harriet Evans (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

Critic reviews

"I adored The Wildflowers. A sweeping, epic, moving read." (Marian Keyes)
"Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Maeve Binchy." ( Best)

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Got better and better. Bitter sweet story

Good pace, interesting characters. Beautiful descriptions.
The story line got stronger as the book went on. More than a holiday read x

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Good story full of well drawn characters

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Although it is long the story held my attention and I really enjoyed listening to Lucy Paterson. If you like very well written stories about eccentric families, you’ll really enjoy this one. I am going to look for more by this author and narrator.

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This is dull over written and contrived

The overview as published paints and picture of an interesting story woven around a interesting and alternative family. Actually reads like a children’s book. The author seems to like descriptions of quaint seaside scenes rather than plot. A combination of the text and the reader, suggested the author has read too many Enid Blyton books. So dull and annoying that I can’t finish it.

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  • Clare
  • Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
  • 05-08-18

Not what you see on the surface

A great family story with lots of underlying stories, everyone had their own tail and perspective on what has, is happening

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Depressing book

This is one of the most depressing book ever!! If it could be negative about anything it is. I have so tried to finish it but I have given up it’s really making me feel fed up,
I would not recommend this book.
The narrator does an excellent job.

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Delightful

What a perfect summer read. A layered and multi faceted story set in a seaside village where generations of a colourful family live their summers against a backdrop of intrigue and family secrets.
Beautifully narrated by Lucy Paterson it will keep you riveted from the first page.

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Heart rending

A beautiful tale with outstanding narration.
I was totally immersed.
I will be a little lost without it!

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loved it !!

I was completely hooked on this book couldnt stop reading it.Loved every minute.first class .

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Great listen

Got into the characters immediately and the narration was really good with different accents and types of speech. I will look for books read by this person in future. The book was well written introducing each chapter with a date so you could keep track of what was happening to who in which time zone. Twist near the end was unexpected. Would recommend

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Not for me

Just did not like this one
I found it very boring and the narrator was not my favourite either