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A Place in the Country

3.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  902 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
Fifteen-year-old Issy, and a newly-single mother, Caroline Evans, are struggling to find their way alone, as well as together. At thirty-eight, Caroline is coming to terms with this new life, even though she has little money and all the responsibility for the two of them. When she decides to leave their well-off lives in Singapore (and her cheating husband and his long-tim ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 19th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published June 1st 2012)
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Aug 28, 2012 MomToKippy rated it did not like it
What in the world has happened to Adler??? Her recent efforts read like some inexperienced author trying and failing to write an Adler-style novel. I have read most of her work and there are some of my all time favorites in there. I recently read Leonie and it was like night and day in comparison to the quality of this work. Plot is shallow and leaves out so much. It is like this was an outline for another story. Characters and storyline are trite. Everything is predcitable yet unbelievable. Dia ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
One star means "I didn't like it" -- and I didn't. The main characters, Caroline and her daughter Issy, were stereotypes (the gorgeous wife rejected by the jerky husband, and the rebellious, whiny teen). The plot was unreal, and only ended up well because Caroline had three wealthy and/or highly talented men in love with her who were willing to finance or contribute to her plans, plus a family she didn't even know at the beginning of the book willing to house her and give her a job. Even the tim ...more
Sep 01, 2015 Xana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comparo um pouco os livros de Elizabeth Adler com os de Nora Roberts. Não pelo conteúdo mas porque são livros românticos, que invariavelmente acabam bem, mas que têm a capacidade de me agarrar ao longo da história.
Gostei muito, adorei a personagem feminina, uma mulher decidida e forte. Já a filha me irritou um pouco, no entanto tudo acabou como esperado.
Aconselho sem reservas.
Elphaba J
Opinião completa:

É bom, muito bom mesmo, quando depois de ler oito livros de uma autora, que mantém um estilo de escrita e enredo similares de obra para obra, esta ainda tem a capacidade de surpreender e cativar durante o percorrer das suas páginas.

Uma Casa no Campo é, por comparação, o livro de Elizabeth Adler mais ténue nos atributos com que automaticamente a defino – paisagens de sonho e mistério constante. No entanto, para os fãs de romance com intrig
Feb 06, 2013 Marcie rated it did not like it
I admit I chose this book because of the cover, with a photo of a girl walking on a rustic path in a beautiful garden full of hydrangeas. The description sound like something I would enjoy, too: a single mother of a teenage daughter moves to the English countryside to open her own restaurant.

I couldn't stand it! The characters were trite and one-dimensional, and I didn't like the spoiled teenage daughter, the flirty, indecisive, weepy mother, or any of the other overly dramatic characters. The
Sonia Cristina
Oct 23, 2014 Sonia Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: português, 2014
Esta foi uma leitura rápida e ternurenta. gostei tanto de ler sobre Caroline e Issy, sobre os amigos novos que fizeram, a nova paixão e amor de Caroline, as dificuldades de criar uma adolescente, lidar com um divórcio e descobrir segredos sobre o ex-marido e uma nova vida que Caroline inicia em Cotswold. Senti-me fascinada pelo bar de Maggie e Jesus, o celeiro de Caroline e as suas ideias para o tornar num restaurante. E Jim foi tão querido, uma lufada de ar fresco.

Gosto muito da escrita de Eliz
Aug 17, 2012 Phoebe rated it it was ok
With her formerly comfortable life in tatters, Caroline heads back home to pick up the pieces. She and 15-year-old daughter Issy are cautious around one another but realize they are in this together. Finding by perfect chance an old barn in the countryside near Oxford, and with help and support from local pub owners Maggie and Jesus, Caroline decides to open her own restaurant. Everything falls into place with a minimum of stress and work from Caroline herself, whose beauty and cooking skills op ...more
Jul 13, 2012 Naomi rated it it was ok
I have to be really honest in saying this is the same old safe storylines recycled over and over again, not only in women's lit, but also by the big house publishers, and why I tend to seek out indie authors frequently. A nice safe cookie cutter read which wraps up with a pretty red ribbon. It drives me crazy. I must state that I have a hard time with it coming from St. Martin's Press because this isn't a publisher where I normally see this (maybe I miss those books) and why I sought out to revi ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Linda rated it did not like it
This book requires the reader to suspend disbelief—a lot. Caroline, a recently divorced woman with a teen daughter, comes to Oxford as a stranger, happens into a pub run by Mexican immigrants who have a daughter the exact same age, everyone becomes best friends immediately, and they offer her a job. Soon after, she meets a handsome and wealthy younger local man who is instantly smitten. Ex-husband’s mistress shows up with a child she claims was his, and Caroline invites the child to live with he ...more
Nov 21, 2012 Kristina rated it did not like it
Well, lots of people have already said it. This was just a big disappointment. I picked it up for the setting and hoping for a nice setting piece with a good relationship story. But it was just a jumble of mixed, misfitting events, with the most shallow story of trite characters in cardboard situations.

I was particularly unhappy with the lack of parenting of Issy, the teenaged daughter. Terrible messages going to her, terrible communication, no values handed to her. It was just a depressing read
Maggie Boyd
Jan 18, 2016 Maggie Boyd rated it did not like it
A part of me is still in shock. Caroline leaves her cheating husband, taking her daughter Issy with her. Thanks to a prenup she has almost no money. Her parents sold their London home and are living in France but Issy doesn't want to go there so Caroline is essentially wandering about England. With no money. They stumble across an angelic couple named Maggie and Jesus who run a bar and grill. After knowing them for just a few hours the couple gives Caroline a job and both of them a place to live ...more
Elizabeth Adler continues to write cute stories that make perfect light readings. She's one of my go-to author whenever I feel the need to read something simple, light, uncomplicated. I love how she travels the world with her books and I certainly like traveling with her. I will continue to turn to her and her books, for sure, even though they aren't (for me) great love stories or even greater mysteries. They are enough to entertain me and to make me forget about real life for a few hours.
Vanessa Montês

Este é um daqueles livros que mesmo não tendo uma história extraordinária e muito por aí além, acaba por conseguir vender bem a narrativa que apresenta, muito devido à escrita fantástica da autora. Uma escrita fluída, simples e que prende qualquer pessoa do início ao fim. Adorei o facto de o livro ser do ponto de vista não apenas da mãe, mas também da filha. Isso permite-nos ver as suas visões para as mesmas situações e assim compreendemos o porquê das personagens agirem como agem. Compreen
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"(...)Neste novo romance, a autora, no estilo de linguagem fluído e envolvente que já lhe conhecemos, relata com ternura e precisão o relacionamento nem sempre fácil entre uma mãe e a sua filha adolescente, estando Issi em pleno processo de construção da sua identidade, num momento em que se sente entre dois mundos: por um lado, a crise familiar faz com que tenha de reequacionar toda a vivência no núcle
Oct 07, 2012 Terri rated it did not like it
This book drives me crazy!!! Supposed to be a novel of how a divorced mother of a teen-age girl come into her own---it is so difficult to read. The books startss with the voices of the mother and the daughter...about a 3rd of the way through another viewpoint is added. I'm about 3/4 throught this thick muddy reading and now we have the viewpoints of--a boyfriend, the ex-husband, the teen-agers girl friend, and the divorced mother's mother. Even has some thoughts from the ex-husband's best friend ...more
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
Caroline Evans has left her cheating husband and her high class life behind in Singapore and takes her 15 year old daughter with her. Starting over is not going to be easy but it better than living a lie.

Caroline and Issy end up Oxfordshire, England. They happen upon an English pub where owner Maggie takes them in and has Caroline cooking up a storm in the kitchen in no time. Caroline loves to cook.

Issy makes friends with Maggie's daughter but she still blames her mother for taking her away from
Jo Barton
Jun 22, 2012 Jo Barton rated it really liked it
Newly single Caroline, and her fifteen year old daughter Issy, enjoy a mother-daughter relationship, which is at times fraught with frustration and despair, and yet, inevitably they have a deep and abiding love for each another. After her marriage breakdown, Caroline must try to make a new life for herself and Issy. When forced to leave their home in Singapore, they travel to England, where they attempt to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. However, Issy is a tetchy and argumentative t ...more
Nov 10, 2012 Meredith marked it as never-finished
Maybe it's because I have too many books with holds stacked up and I'm looking for excuses to give up on a book - but I gave this one 50 pages. I was hoping it would be a nice escape - English village, a woman who cooks and is rebuilding her life - what's not to like? Well, the writing. Or editing. Or someone didn't do their job, because this is just a mess. Inaccuracies, rambling sentences, illogical jumps in plot (oh, so all of the sudden they're just living in the pub? what happened to their ...more
Aug 22, 2012 Sandy rated it it was amazing
From the moment I picked up the book from the Library I couldn't wait to start reading it.

From the first page until the Last - once again I was hooked and wanted to keep reading. Oh yes, had a few late nights that ended around 3:00 am ...

Elizabeth Adler has a certain way that she's able to draw in her readers.. It's little bit at a time! Then once you've gotten to a point, there's no way you want to close the book. There's a little intrigue & suspense, some travel, of course a little romanc
Jul 06, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: july, 2012
I wanted to like this book -- the setting in the Cotswolds, the mysterious husband left behind, the cooking, the stone house... I was ready to be charmed. But Caroline is such a flat character, and the writing is grating. One of the joys of a women's fiction book is the attention paid to what happens in between the events, and the characters who help you in that space; here, Adler feels like she skips right by it. I wanted more on Maggie and Caroline's relationship, more on why she was drawn to ...more
Aug 31, 2015 Kim rated it liked it
The only part I didn't like was when Caroline found out her husband had a second mistress with a child and then let them stay at her house. Seriously?!
Aug 11, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
So...I must say, even though I think I have before here on Goodreads somewhere, I just can't believe how cruel and snarky some reviewers are.

This is a quick, happy little read about a woman who is thirty-something and is beginning a new life with a teenager in tow after she has left her rotten hubby for cheating on her. They lived in Singapore but Caroline is from the UK where the story starts.

Intrigue is added with the 'other women' and even another child. But I love the way Caroline describe
Dec 22, 2012 Peggy rated it did not like it
This book is a hot mess and I was mad at myself for wasting an afternoon on it. Problems? How about huge gaps in the plot, weird chronologies, story lines that went nowhere, one-dimensional characters, changing viewpoints, and constant, useless references to this or that designer or upscale product. I had vaguely remembered liking other books by Elizabeth Adler, even though this genre isn't my usual fare, but this one needed a lot of editing. It actually read like a first draft.
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
Newly single Caroline and her teenage daughter Izzy are in desperate search for a change of scenery and a new home. After Caroline discovers her husband has been unfaithful throughout their marriage, Caroline knows she has to sacrifice her comfortable life in Singapore for anything that doesn't involve her ex-husband. Finding a renovated barn in the English countryside, Caroline sees her dream of owning her own restaurant fulfilled. But the chaos is far from over for Caroline and Izzy, and they ...more
Janice Liedl
Jun 22, 2014 Janice Liedl rated it it was ok
Rather ridiculous and over-the-top when this single mom divorcee drags her teenage daughter back to England from Singapore. Of course, while she's completely without resources (no money from her ex), somehow that doesn't interfere with her prospects (falls right into a super-fabulous friendship with another woman who gives her a job), her ability to plan a spectacularly expensive exclusive restaurant in the country in an old building she renovates with the help of two men who are besotted with h ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Jeanie rated it it was ok
Shelves: elizabeth_adler
Parts were good but most was completely unrealistic and Adler left huge holes on the plot. I thought maybe the last few chapters had been torn from the copy I was reading. Wondering about the characters is not necessarily a bad thing but when the author opens a door to a room and the room is empty, why put the door there in the first place? The best part though was she nailed the mother-teen relationship. Did a good job of the coming-of-age sub plot.
Nova Walsh
Apr 15, 2013 Nova Walsh rated it did not like it
I cannot believe how poorly written this book was. I wanted to like it but the characters were shallow and the pacing was so off that it was hard to follow. The worst part for me were the obvious mistakes and inconsistencies even a quick editing job might have caught - for example having a character decide to walk over to the place and then having him get out of the car as if he'd driven in the next paragraph. Really amateurish. Not worth the read.
Sep 30, 2012 JQ rated it did not like it
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Sep 19, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This was the second book that I have read by this author. This one was not as good as the first one I read. I thought this one was very slow moving and I had a hard time getting thru it. I will probably try another one of her books.
Jun 24, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Overall, it was an okay read-- not the best chick lit, but not the worst either. The characters felt a little contrived and the plot a little far-fetched and lacked reality a bit. The perspective also randomly changed every few chapters. While it didn't detract from the plot, I'd say it didn't add anything either. There were just a lot of ends that while they were technically tied up, were tied up anti-climatically. Like a few others mentioned, the title is a little deceptive because the story i ...more
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Born in Yorkshire, North England, Elizabeth Adler met her husband Richard (an American) while both were working in London. They have lived in England, Ireland, France, Brazil, and the United States and have traveled extensively. They have one daughter and live in Palm Springs, California. Her first novel, Private Desires (also titled Leonie), launched an enormously successful writing career, she a ...more
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