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A Place For Us Part 1

(A Place for Us #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  362 ratings  ·  86 reviews
The FIRST of four exclusive part-serialisations of a A Place for Us by Harriet Evans - you'll be desperate to read on ...

The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day.

So opens A Place for Us by Sunday Times bestselling author Harriet Evans, a book you'll dive into, featuring a family you'll fall in love with ... and never want to leave. I
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Published July 31st 2014 by Headline Review
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Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
It's been quite a while since I read anything by Harriet Evans, so when I was offered the chance to review her new serialized story I was straight onto it. I love her writing style filled with strong characters and a long, yarn, usually spanning several generations of one family. This one too is about one family who we gradually learn about from the first person narrative as they prepare for the matriarch, Martha's eightieth birthday party.

This is really not a story where lots happens, instead t
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To begin with, I would start by saying that I'm afraid I just didn't follow the story at all.
I've done a little investigating and believe that the book was originally released in pb and that this, the ebook version is a part of that original book, which is now being broken up into smaller books.
Not having read the full pb version, I found that there were too many characters for me to keep up with and not enough of a story surrounding any of them to sink my teeth into.
Just when I thought I might
Jun 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was pre-approved for this book on Netgallery, which has never happened before! So I read it the next day.

Matha Winter is turning eighty, and decides it's time to let her family know the secret she's been hiding. She sends them all invitations inviting them to her 80th birthday party, with a worry message that "There will be an important announcement". It is this line that worries the family, their lives are hard enough as it is, without anything else to upset the balance. Florence will have to
Susan Foulkes
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I have to admit that it's been a while since I read Harriet Evans...I enjoyed her books but because of events in my own life I found myself reading new genres and new authors.

I was so pleased to be offered this book via Netgalley. Harriet's writing style has matured and whilst I would agree that fans of Rosamund Pilcher would enjoy this novel, I was reminded more of Elizabeth Jane Howard and the Cazalet books.

The opening sentence had me hooked...

"The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her f
Suze Lavender
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Martha Winter is organizing an important party for her family. The big house is empty now while it used to be so lively and filled with talk and the best parties in the village. She's living there with just her husband and there aren't many visitors. Martha and David bought the house together when their three children were still very young. They've been hiding something all those years and Martha thinks it's time to reveal the truth. Martha wants to share their secret with everyone. She will ann ...more
Elaine Aldred
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The beginning line is certainly one that intrigues, but the first two chapters do give the impression of a great deal of information being unloaded about the family, both past and present, before the story is able move on. The sense of mystery feels overemphasized at this stage. However when the story does get going, it becomes an enthralling study of the Winter family through the eyes of its members and two outsiders, Karen, the wife of one of the children, and Joe, the chef at the local pub.
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Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
On the occasion of Martha Winters' 80th birthday all the family and friends are invited back to Winterfold,the family home. Part 1 sets the scene and introduces the individual characters who will form the backdrop to what is about to be announced.

It's an intriguing start that alludes to the fact that there is clearly a bombshell about to be dropped. This introduction gave enough background to the characters to give them some life along with hints of secrets of their own that certainly left me wa
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Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A mixture of old and young characters, who all have a story tell about there family, or to be more precise daisy the daughter who left her own baby daughter and emigrated to india. The story pulls you in and its hard to stop reading, the characters flow into each other well and talk of previous years and current time with out being confusing. There is a really mystery in this story and it got to an amazing climax .... and then finished I need part 2 I have a real feeling of needing to read the s ...more
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-books-read
This was a preapproved book that I thought I'd read. It was just OK, I enjoyed that many narratives and characters in the book but I found the story predictable and knew what was coming to a degree.
I would say it was interesting characters though, especially Florence lol she intrigued me most.
Overall an OK read but not brilliant.
Jackie White
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
First in a series of 4, I think you can also buy as an entire book but I didn’t realise this when I downloaded the four parts in separate books.

Part 1 is really just a taster, introducing Martha Winter & her extensive complicated family one by one.
Martha is approaching 80 and invites all of them back to the family home Winterfold for a birthday party.....but it looks like she also wants to make an announcement about a family secret....part one only hints at what this might be.

Onto Part 2

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*Copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Book serialisations seems to be very IN these days, don't you think? Is it marketing or the author's idea of keeping up the suspense, I don't know but it has proved to be a very smart move.

'A Place for Us Part 1' is the first in what will be a four part series and which will be released as a complete novel in January 2015. This installment is not only the first part, but it's actually the first work by Ms
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Place for Us (Part One) written by Harriet Evans for me was an exceptional read filled with unforgettable characters and fantastic writing throughout. The actual story is based on one family and their many secrets and lies throughout and this is one book now I have finished part one I am greedily waiting for the next chapter in the lives of the winter family. Through the author's wonderful descriptions each member of the large family are brought alive and I was immediately enthralled with such ...more
Louise Seraphim Reviews
**I was offered this book to read by Netgalley in exchange for an honest and fair review**

When I was auto approved on this book, I honestly wasn't sure if I would like it. It's not really the sort of book, I generally go for. Yet, I decided I would give it a go. When I started the book, I thought it was a little slow, and the characters were maybe a little older than I could relate to. I know that sounds odd, but the main 2 characters are in their 80's and for some reason, I wasn't sure if I cou
Lisa Bentley
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it

Being part of the Winter clan is something incredibly special. Equally, being part of the Winter clan can be an albatross. The Winter’s, like most families, harbour many dark secrets; stories that they have failed to share. For although they are a close family there are some things that you just keep to yourself.

When Martha Winter, mother and matriarch of the family, calls all her children and grandchildren back to Winterfold, the family home, everyone is beyond curious. Hidden as an exc
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Publishing books as parts of the instalment is very popular lately and while, in my opinion, not all of them should be published in such a way, A Place for Us is a win - win as it is an amazingly good read, a read that you won't forget easily and will be waiting for the next parts to be released. Just like me.

It is said in the blurb that Martha, the matriarch of the Winter family, is going to reveal a big family secret at her 80th birthday. But as we are reading further it is quickly obvious tha
Fabulous Book Fiend
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review: wow, this really packs a punch for the first part of a novel. The characters, the setting, the storyline-you get just as much from this little snippet as you would do from the whole thing! You are dumped right into the action with some mysterious goings on in the Winter household. It's not just the heads of the household that are involved though, more and more and more characters keep being introduced, and all of them seems to have some sort of secret to hide or some sort of tragedy lomi ...more
Kathryn West
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received this as an ARC from Netgalley*

This is the first part in a four part serialisatiom. The story centres around the Winter family, with each member having a voice in this initial part. Martha is planning a party and has invited all the family back to Winterfold (the family home) to celebrate her 80th birthday with her. Such a simple act it would seem but not when everyone in the family is keeping secrets. Attending the party for some would mean revealing that which they have sought to hi
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
The FIRST of four exclusive part-serialisations of a A Place for Us by Harriet Evans - you'll be desperate to read on ...
The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day.
So opens A Place for Us by Sunday Times bestselling author Harriet Evans, a book you'll dive into, featuring a family you'll fall in love with ... and never want to leave. If you devour Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binch
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, reviewed, netgalley
I was pre-approved on Netgalley for Part one of this book in exchange for an honest review. I've only read the first part provided so be warned, this review is only based on the first part!

Firstly, and most importantly, wow. Harriet Evans is a master of characterisation. Every member of her cast is distinct, intriguing, flawed but lovable; as if they were your own dysfunctional family. That's not to say that I agree with all their life choices, but you understand why they're in the situation the
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Firstly a massive thank you to Lizzie Masters at Headline for sending this over to me and inviting me to be part of this books journey! This is the first part in Harriet Evans’ new serialised novel. I’ve only read one other Harriet Evans book and I remember completely falling in love with the two main characters and her writing so I couldn’t wait to start. I was lucky enough to be sent the paperback with a whole host of gorgeous goodies and invited to view a copy on NetGalley so my PB will remai ...more
Jane Hunt
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Although series are very popular, I'm not sure the format is ideal for this story. Women's fiction serials are not a new concept. They were popular in women's magazines in the late sixties and seventies. Magazine serials had a week's gap between instalments. These stories have approximately a month. Many readers will struggle to remember where they are in the story with any clarity especially
Paris Baker
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Paris by: Net Galley
Shelves: netgalley
I would like to start by thanking Headline Publishing for approving me for a review copy on Net Galley, in return for an honest review. This review is for Part One in the four-part serialisation.

We are introduced to the Winter family and the family homestead of Winterfold, with chapters told from each different person’s point of view.

Martha Winter is the Mother & Grandmother, the pillar of the family that has always done her best to keep everyone together. But she has a secret, and it’s time
Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it
A Place for Us has been broken down into a four part series for e-book readers although I understand that the entire story will be released at a later date.

The story revolves around the Winter family from Winterfold. It is approaching Martha's birthday and each family member has received an invite which states that there will be an important announcement......intriguing!!!

Each chapter tells the story from a different member of the family so we, as readers get to know who they are, and some of t
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's difficult to rate a novel when you are only given the first part but based on my impressions that this first book really was not a story but more of a coming together of a family for the 80th birthday of the matriarch Martha and an exercise in setting the scene and building atmosphere. This first part concentrates on the individual characters and members of Martha's family to build tension and drama leading up to a secret that it appears they are all somehow involved in.

Each chapter deals
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I truly think it was a brilliant idea to make A Place for Us into a four part series. If part one is anything to go by, the next three parts are going to be amazing!

Part One introduces us to all the characters surrounding and linked to the Winter family. Each chapter is written from a different character's point of view and as I reiterate in every review where a book does this, I love it! It makes you feel that you are truly getti
Jul 27, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the first part of a four part novel which is published between July and October 2014. If you don't like having to wait for the conclusion of a story I suggest buying all four parts before you start reading part one! In this episode, the reader is introduced to the characters and some of their back story but we are left wondering about precisely what it is that Martha wants to announce at her eightieth birthday party which will tear her family apart.

I felt there were just too many charact
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing start to a novel which has all the hallmarks of being a brilliant novel, I have now got the full novel lined up for reading.
Told from the points of views of various characters we are promised secrets within the Winter family from the very first chapter.
It is Martha’s 80th birthday and she has decided the time is right to tell everyone the secrets that she cannot bear anymore. And so it is that various members of the family receive a formal invitation to her birthday celebration.
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I received an email from NetGalley pre-approving me to read and review part 1 of this novel I was SO excited! I am ashamed to say this is the first novel by Harriet Evans that I have read, although I have had a lot of her books on my wish list for a long time! Reading this book has made them my next purchase, I fell instantely in love with her writing style and can't wait to read more.

Martha and David live in a lovely old house in Winterfold and have for years, they have had three children
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is Part 1 of a book to be published in full in January 2015.

I have to admit that I’m not a fan of reading by instalments – mainly because I have a memory like a sieve and it’s likely that I will have forgotten the story before I come to read the next part. I would much rather read a complete book in one go.

Winterfold sounds an idyllic family home but the Winter family has been fractured for a long time. When Martha Winter, the matriarch sends out 80th birthday invitations to her family – i
Kerry Bridges
Nov 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Martha and David Winter extend a warm welcome to Winterfold; to their family, friends and to the inhabitants of the local area. But Winterfold holds many secrets and the Winter family itself holds more than any other. On the occasion of her 80th birthday, Martha will bring them all home to roost...

I am not sure that I like the idea of serialising a novel, I mean, you're going to have to read all the parts anyway, so why split it up? Having read the first part of "A Place for Us", the opinion has
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