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A Place in the Country

3.11 of 5 stars 3.11  ·  rating details  ·  592 ratings  ·  118 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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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
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
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...more
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
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
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
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...more
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...more
Isabel  Almeida (Os Livros Nossos)
Leia a crítica completa no Blog Os Livros Nossos em : http://oslivrosnossos.blogspot.pt/201...

"(...)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...more
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
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...more
Jo at Jaffareadstoo
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
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
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...more
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
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.
Janice Liedl
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
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
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.
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I couldn't decide between a 2 or 3 stars rating. It was disappointing , losing the charm of her previous books, Summer in Tuscany and the last time I saw Paris.
Singapore was mentioned albeit briefly and there were too Many fillers.

Part 2 started going downhill... What's with the Harley guy with spike hair?
Mais um livro que li de Elizabeth Adler, desta feita sem o título fazer menção directa ao local onde a acção se passa. Curioso que já li um livro da autora em que a protagonista se relaciona com um homem mais novo. Não sei se, neste caso, se terá tratado de falta de originalidade.. . O que é certo é que gostei bastante deste.

Escrita fluída, com algum mistério à mistura e também algo previsível, é certo. Contudo, torna-se uma obra agradabilíssima de ler e fazemo-lo de forma quase impulsiva.

Não é...more
This one was okay but not up to this author's usual standards. Story seemed to bog down in some places and I never really invested in the characters.
Danielle De luca
I usually love Elizabeth Adler books but this was a snooze-fest. The only reason I kept reading was because I was waiting to see something good happen.
found this to be a very superficial story...no depth to characters or events...would not recommend
The cover was beautiful! I have read several books by Ms Adler that are full of the local color of the location, that make you love the book maybe more that the story line. That is the reason I enjoy reading her books. This time this book missed on all points, from a weak story line to characters that just somehow missed to a location that should have been endearing but NOTHING in the entire book led you to believe you were in England except her saving so and being served bitters in the local ta...more
many grammatical errors
At the heart of it, this is a tale about mother-daughter relationships. Newly divorced Caroline Evans and her fifteen-year-old daughter Issy have moved from their plush home in Singapore to the London countryside. Here they must find their way with very little money and lots of pent up anger and doubts. They are taken in by Maggie, her husband Jesus, and daughter Samantha, who are owners of the local pub. They find friendship and a place to live, and Caroline goes to work as a cook at the pub. W...more
Caroline Evans life has been in stasis ever since she and her daughter left their home and lives in Singapore and went back to England. She knew she couldn’t stay any longer knowing her marriage was a lie, knowing about her husband’s betrayal. The move however has many difficulties, money that she doesn’t have anymore, child-support that never seems to arrive but the most troubling is her fifteen year old daughter, Izzy’s unhappiness at leaving behind her friends, her home but most of all the fa...more
This novel follows a divorced Mom, called Caroline Evans. She is leaving Singapore with her fifteen year old daughter Isabel, known as Issy. Singapore is the only home Issy has ever known, and she doesn’t want to leave the city, nor her father. Caroline is desperate to get away, and escape the sadness and humiliation of her husband’s cheating. She decides to return to Oxford, in the beautiful Cotswold’s where she grew up. After living with her parents for a while, they are moving to France, and...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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