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A Place For Us

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,391 ratings  ·  198 reviews
From international bestselling author Harriet Evans, an engrossing new novel about a woman who, on the eve of her eightieth birthday, decides to reveal a secret that may destroy her perfect family.
The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day.

When Martha, a wife and mother of three, sits down one late summer’s morning to write out the
Paperback, 440 pages
Published January 15th 2015 by Headline Review (first published August 18th 2014)
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Apr 22, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, netgalley
Honestly? I just couldn't get into this book. There were way too many POV's. I just couldn't begin to care about any of the characters because of this. All it did was annoy me every time it went to a different character's "voice" and I just couldn't keep every one straight. I wanted to know what the "secret" was but as I kept reading all I cared about was the story to be done! The book didn't keep my interest, my mind just kept wandering even as I was reading. I tried a couple a times to read ...more
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-saga

When I read the first installment I only gave this 2 stars, it did almost nothing for me.

Now that I was able to read this in full, its completely brought everything together for me.

All families have secrets, no matter how big or small they are, some are just little secrets that won't really harm anyone or change their entire life unlike this one

When they are all going to be invited to a birthday party where ubeknown to them, a revelation will take place that will not only alter they're lives,
Windows and families are alike in that the view from within is vastly different than the view from without.

Harriet Evans has created a charming, realistic and heartrending novel set in a wonderful old home called Winterfold located deep in the Somerset countryside.

Martha and David Winter have lived and loved in Winterfold for nearly fifty years. It is there that they raised their family of three, Bill, Daisy and Florence. It is also where they raised their granddaughter, Cat. Both David and
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
This book really pulled on my heartstrings. I am currently dealing with a loss in my family so reading this book hit really, really close to home. How do prepare to open up your life and share a big secret that you have been harboring for years?

This book is loaded with family members and sometimes it was hard to keep them straight. The Point of views that the story was written in changed often and while the stories about the family members were interesting, it could be a bit tough to follow as
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I want to thank Netgalley and the Publisher for allowing me to read this book.

I really loved the cover of the book, it makes you want to take a walk through the flowers and gardens.

I was on the fence with this book the whole time. There are so many people involved and the telling of their stories started to get tedious. The premise is good and pulls you in, it was just a little too much in some areas.

I really loved the character of Cat and her son Luke. She went through a lot of stuff in the
Karen Mace
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paperbacks
This book should have made my heart sing! A tale of a family and their secrets and a book with a stunning cover, but it left me feeling cold as I just couldn't connect with the numerous characters and found it to be really slow and the family just really annoyed me!
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Great cover, a huge draw!

Harriet Evans delivers a suspenseful and complex family drama of deep troubled dark secrets, with the A PLACE FOR US. A woman on the eve of her eightieth birthday chooses to reveal secrets, that may destroy her family.

From 1948 to the present, starting out in August, 2012, Martha Winters is approaching eighty years old and she realizes she cannot put off the inevitable. She
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, 2014
I received part one from Net Galley for a review- with thanks.

Martha is organising a huge party for her 80th birthday- the whole family has been invited. The invitation tells them all that something will be revealed at the party. There are plenty of family secrets- they are scattered in different corners of the world. They all wonder what the secret is. The chapters were all from the characters points of view and with a huge cast of characters this could be a little confusing at first. But the
Book Chatter-Cath
I have to admit I found A Place For Us very difficult to get into. I found the constant changes in POV far too regular and that frustrated me. I wasn’t given enough time to familiarize myself with one member of the family before I was being thrust upon another.

I had the same problem with the time differences and I had to make a conscious effort to push through my misgivings and carry on because if I hadn’t this book would have ended up on the DNF (did-not-finish) pile less than 100 pages in!

Sharon Metcalf
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, logan-bookclub
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Trish at Between My Lines
This review was originally posted on Between My Lines

Unfortunately this just wasn’t a Trish book. And I hate when a book I was excited about ends up being a book that I have struggle my way. But c’est la vie! We can’t love them all...

First Line of A Place for Us by Harriet Evans:
"The day Martha Winter decided to tear her family apart began like any other day."

My Thoughts on A Place for Us by Harriet Evans:
I was eagerly anticipating this book as it’s a family drama and I’m a huge fan of
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2015
Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book to review.

In this story, Martha Winter decides to reveal a huge family secret on her 80th birthday. Each chapter switches between the point of view of one of the many characters, including her husband David, children, and grandchildren. For the first half of the book, I kept thinking, "What an odd set of characters." I was having trouble relating and empathizing with them. About half way through the book, Martha reveals her
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book has previously been published in 4 instalments during 2014. I was lucky enough to have been sent Part 1 back in the summer but because I prefer to read a book in one go, I resisted reading the other 3 parts until the whole book had been published.

The story begins in the summer of 2012 when the matriarch of the family, Martha Winter, sends out invitations to her family for her 80th birthday celebration, at which an “important announcement” will be made. The family are left wondering
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My Review:

What I liked about the book?

I liked the idea of the disjointed family and like the way Martha’s character is portrayed, she is very believable as a person in a small village. I can see a family who looks on the outside to be privileged as so many country folk were, but the reality was different. This is a complex novel and I can see intricate workings of the writers mind although it feels untamed.

What I was unsure about:

I found this book to be very depressing without much lightness
Maribel (Owl Always Be Reading) Williams
I was drawn to read A Place for Us by the beautiful cover and the desire to find out the huge secret that has haunted Martha Winter. In the story, Martha Winter is planning to reveal a huge family secret on her 80th birthday. The chapters in the book go back and forth between the different family members, including Martha’s husband David, their children, and grandchildren. Each chapter includes the family members POV and experiences. At first I thought this was a really interesting way the ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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The setting is a time gone by – a peaceful ramshackle house deep in the English countryside where the scent of wisteria climbing up the walls floats alongside the aroma of something being baked within. gingerbread covered hands wiped on tea towels then someone comes to the beautifully painted door opening to let you in. Only when you get inside, and meet your mother, she sits you down and tells you the truth, shattering everything you believed in in the
True rating of 3.5 stars

I think it was probably the cover that sucked me in originally---it just looks so warm and inviting. And that's kind of what the book is all about, too. The appearances families keep, what it means to be truly happy, and whether or not what we remember as good and comforting times are actually that way, and if it matters what the "reality" was if we felt something.

It's a sweet story, and I did enjoy it. However, I borrowed it from my library as an ebook to read in bed
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Received part one from Netgalley read it and really enjoyed how Winterfold was the backdrop for a family drama. The Winter family had lots of secrets. I found Martha the matriarch a strong character although she went to extremes to protect her children and hide secrets from them. Gradually the secrets unfold spanning the past and the present an interesting concept. Liked romance between Kat and Joe after their rocky meeting love blossoms. liked how some of family lived in France and got a feel ...more
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed the first Harriet Evans book I read but found it very similar to another author's book I had just read, and it wasn't anything special. I wasn't particularly looking to read one of her books again quickly until this was put on my book club reading list.

I much preferred this book, for a number of reasons. I liked the way each chapter was told from a different character's viewpoint. It is reassuring that even the most seemingly perfect family is not perfect (though perhaps not
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martha Winter is turning eighty and having a big family party, at which she plans on revealing a secret. Martha and her husband, David (a famous cartoonist) have built what looks like, from the outside, an idyllic life at Winterfold, their home in Surrey. Their granddaughters, Lucy and Cat, now grown, remember it that way too. For Martha and David's three children, however, there was conflict between Daisy (the middle child) and her siblings--eldest Bill and youngest Florence. In the novel, the ...more
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm so happy that I won this book in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway! The story is about an older couple who obviously love each other deeply. Their pasts have shaped who they are today and why they wanted a home their family would feel 'at home' in. As the main character, Martha is preparing for her 80th birthday, she feels the need to let go of some of her darkest secrets, but we find out that she's not the only one hiding something. The characters were very interesting and I loved all the ...more
I received a free copy of this book from Gallery Books in a giveaway.

Despite not being something I would normally read I found myself reading just one more chapter to find out what happens next with each character. Each one, and there are quite a few, has their own arc and voice.

Even though I guessed what most of the family secrets were long before they were revealed it was still interesting to see how or if they would unfold. Anyone who enjoys reading about family drama or following the
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a little confusing at first keeping all the characters straight. Each chapter is a different character so as soon as you get used to that person and their story you are introduced to a new person. You learn the big secret half way in the middle of the book so their is "anticipation" up to that point on what the secret is but than afterwards nothing really happens in my opinion once the secret is learned. I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars but it won't let me do a 1/2 a star.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I put A Place for Us on my wait list at the library. This isn't the book I wanted, I wanted the one written by Fatima Mirza, clearly this one came instead. Since it's a library book, I'm simply returning it. 3 chapters in, meh, not worth it.
Sandra McKenna
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly magnificent read.

This thoroughly enjoyable multi timeline is a proper page turner.
Spanning between World War II and the present day, it is based on a family who are all hiding lots of secrets and lies.
It is a very moving and compelling read, with so many diverse characters.
Well written, and definitely one I would highly recommend.
Cleopatra  Pullen
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Winterfold is a beautiful old and rambling house, home to David and Martha Winter. In celebration of her eightieth birthday Martha sends out an invitation calling on her children to a party followed by a family lunch where she is set to reveal a secret.

This is a good old fashioned family saga, complete with eccentric characters and even a dog and enough secrets to keep the pages turning. David is a famous illustrator whose biggest ambition was to show the world the reality of London during the
Janka H.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raw. Real. Ringing true.
About family and the burden of secrets, silence and goodwill.

The Winters are loving family. Or not. Yes, they are good people - Gran Martha, her husband David, three adult children - reserved, kind Bill, controversial Daisy and clumsy historian Florence and 2 granddaughters - aspiring writter Lucy and Cat, living in Paris (daughter of Daisy and mother of Luke). And the people around them, namely Joe, chef in the local restaurant.
There are scars and hurts, both past and
Marie’s Book Boutique
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A Place For Us by Harriet Evans is a book I had brought and had been patiently waiting on my to read pile! So when it was my next book you can image how excited I was!!!
The cover of this book is glorious and I completely fell in love with it. With it's water couloued affect which I just adore!! I'm a sucker for a beautiful cover me!!!!!!! A Place For Us for me a strong sence of family, loyalty, past, present, future and mistakes being make.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books where I end up wondering why I read it. I am left feeling that it was all a little pointless.

Its really well written and the characters are really well rounded and believable, but I felt that the plot let it down.

It was a long book, and the story interweaved through the lives of all the characters, but I felt that I was waiting for something to happen, and it was all a little mundane. The hidden secrets that the family held , were not really terribly shocking at all.
Lou Nixon
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so...initially I was unsure about this novel-there are a lot of characters and I was getting confused about who everyone was and how they were connected to each other. I ploughed on due to loads of reviews on the book raving about how good it is and I didn't want to feel like I was the only person who felt this way. Turns out-it is frickin' amazing. It may be the hormones and how I'm feeling about family at the moment (I'm pregnant :) ) but once I had gotten into it, there were so many times ...more
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