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Her Frozen Heart

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  375 ratings  ·  86 reviews
"Caitlyn, there’s something I have to tell you. About Sara.

Caitlyn thinks her marriage to Patrick is a success. For one thing, he is one of the few people not to fall head over heels for her beautiful friend, Sara. Life is lived on his terms, but they are happy.

Aren’t they?

When a devastating accident turns her existence upside down, Caitlyn is forced to reassess everything
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ebook, 480 pages
Published November 30th 2017 by Pan (first published November 28th 2017)
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Paromjit
This is an atmospheric seasonal read from Lulu Taylor revolving around two women in different time periods who have lost their husbands, facing mysteries and betrayal. In the desperately bleak winter of 1947, Tommy Carter has faced the loss of her husband at the beginning of World War Two. Life is hand to mouth and harsh for all that live at Kings Harcourt Manor as Tommy shoulders the burdens of having to provide for her family, lightened only by the joy of her children, and her brother's friend ...more
Pauline
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A story about two women one in the 1940 and the other in present day. Both women have now become widows and are struggling to cope with grief, family and getting on with life. There are lots of strange things going on in both stories and there were quite a few unlikeable characters too. I would like to thank NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Louise Wilson
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caitlyn thinks her marriage to Patrick is a success. He is one of the few people who had not fell head over heels for her beautiful friend, Sara. When an accident turns her existence upside down, Caitlyn is forced to reassess everything she thought about her marriage. In an old Manor House, she begins to discover the truth. The worst winter in decades hits England, cutting off entirely the inhabitants of Kings Harcourt Manor.

This book has two plots running alongside each other. Caitlyn and Tomm
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Zoe
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simmering, menacing, and dramatic!

Her Frozen Heart is predominantly set in the Oxfordshire countryside during the late 1940s, as well as present day, and is told from two different perspectives, Tommy, a young widow struggling to keep her family fed, safe, and warm during the harshest of winters, continuing war rations, and an unexpected visitor with malicious intentions; and Caitlyn, a young woman who finds her life unexpectedly turned upside down by the sudden loss of her husband and a secret
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Louise Wilson
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caitlyn thinks her marriage to Patrick is a success. He is one of the few people who had not fell head over heels for her beautiful friend , Sarah. When an accident turns her existence upside down, Caitlyn is forced to reassess everything she thought about her marriage. In an old Manor House, she begins to discover the truth. The worst winter in decades hits England, cutting off entirely the inhabitants of Kings Harcourt Manor.

This book has two plots running alongside each other. Caitlyn and Tom
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Rachel Gilbey
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a slow burner for me, it took absolutely ages for it to start getting under my skin, and once I was fully interested, it still didn't really hook me, although the lead up to the finale in both storylines was very good and I did care what happened to the characters.

This is a dual timeline story - every other chapter we are treated to 1947, and the story of Tommy and her family who after surviving World War Two now have another massive challenge to deal with - the worst winter for decade
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Jayne Catherine pinkett
I was sent an early copy of this book for my independent honest review. Lulu Taylor is a firm favourite with me. This does not disappoint. It follows her usual style of split time narratives. Although this follows alternate chapters, you will find that it does not become confusing, however if this style annoys you then Lulu is perhaps not for you. However I feel you will miss out.
I loved the main female characters in both time periods and was totally invested in their situation. Very good plot l
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Sandie Bishop
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
two totally separate time frame stories running in this book, and I cannot imagine how they are going to come together. Intrigued. Full review to follow at www.sandiesbookshelves.blogspot.co.uk
Julia
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Her Frozen Heart by Lulu Taylor is a marvellous contemporary and historical psychological thriller that will have you questioning the truth from the start.
United by a house, the action alternates chapters between 1947 and present day. The house is an old house seen by some as a prison, by others as a sanctuary. It holds its secrets that unfold.
The novel explores character traits as action in both time periods mirrors each other. There will always be people motivated by control, money, power, pos
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Alayne Emmett
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous story. I’ve read nearly every book Lulu Taylor has written and they’ve all been great. This one was no exception, it was compelling and I loved the fact it went back to 1947. It just kept on delivering and I just kept on reading until the end.
Robert
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the main characters, Caitlyn and Tommy, are separated by 70 years, the two womens’ lives share many commonalities. Both have been widowed at a young age. Both have children who need a mother’s love as the family navigates the trauma of an untimely loss. Both are admired by eligible bachelors who understand the need to proceed gently with their courtship. And both have another woman in their lives who seems intent on disrupting the widows’ grieving and cutting short any shoots of romance ...more
Alison Cairns
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what I expected from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. This book is two stories in one, linked by a house- King's Harcourt, at the heart of both worlds. In the present day, Caitlyn is married to Patrick with a 12 year old son, Max, and appears to have the perfect life, until one day she finds herself having to question the very foundation of her world. What is the truth? Who can she trust? Meanwhile, Tommy Carter, widowed early in WW2 is keeping her ancestral family home an ...more
Emma Crowley
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, at long last I have gotten around to reading my first Lulu Taylor book. I don’t know what’s taken me so long to do so considering I have a few of her books on my TBR pile but I’m certainly glad I have now rectified that. Having now finished Her Frozen Heart, I think I made a wise choice in starting with this one as I have seen other people's views with regard to this book and I have to agree that this is a real slow burner but around a quarter of the way through it does start to get und ...more
Ophelia Sings
Two widows, separated by half a century, connected by a beautiful Jacobean manor house - and treachery close to home: this is the intriguing premise of Her Frozen Heart, the latest dose of cosy escapism from Lulu Taylor. But this dual-time tale has a dark undercurrent - and not all is as it first appears...

Following the sudden, tragic death of her charismatic husband Patrick, Caitlyn retreats to Oxford with their son, Max, to grieve and attempt to rebuild her life. But as she begins to uncover s
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Jeannie Zelos
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Her Frozen Heart, Lulu Taylor

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Women's fiction, Romance

My first read from Lulu Taylor and though the writing style was perfect for me I did think to begin that I wasn't going to enjoy this story. 
It seemed each time I got into what was happening in the life of Caitlyn or Tommy the chapter would leave them and go to the other one. It took a while before the two stories seemed to gel for me, I couldn't see the connection and frustrated myself trying to wo
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Breakaway Reviewers
A riveting, romantic thriller which will keep you checking over your shoulder!

Caitlyn is blissfully happy with Patrick. Their marriage is exactly the way Patrick wants it to be and Caitlyn is happy to go along with his wishes. He is, after all, the one man who is not secretly in love with her best friend! When a terrible accident happens, Caitlyn’s world is turned upside down. She begins to wonder who the real Patrick is. Perhaps she never really knew her friend either. Her cautious investigatio
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Debbie Littley
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a bit stuck with what to say with this book, and not in a negative way!

I absolutely loved this book, I couldn’t read it fast enough and lost an entire nights sleep as i just couldn’t find a place to stop reading for the night! I tried twice, putting it down, turning the lights out but my brain just didn’t want to switch off so in the end i gave in trying and just finished the book 🙂

If you have read any of Lulu Taylor’s other books then you will love this one. I personally think this is her
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Anne
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from Lulu Taylor. A page turner, exciting, pacy with twists and turns and unexpected happenings.

Beginning with a prologue set in Kings Harcourt Manor in 1947 and then to the life of Caitlyn, recently widowed, and her son Max. This is a seemingly perfect life until a terrible accident, and death of Patrick. Caitlyn's friend, Sara has a prominent role in their life. So far so good, but everything is not as it seems.

Then we learn more about life in 1947 with Tommy and her two ch
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Nicki Southwell

This book has two plots running alongside each other. The reader is encouraged to work out what the connection is., but it does get a bit confusing.

Caitlyn, married to Patrick and mother to Max, lives a perfect life in a perfect house. Patrick is all controlling, but being steered by Patrick does not bother Caitlyn until she has to sit back and take a look at her life. Patrick is killed in an accident whilst on his way home from Heathrow. He rings Caitlyn en route and starts to tell her somethin
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Louise Marley
I'm not sure how I've managed to avoid reading Lulu Taylor all these years, as she seems to write my favourite kind of book! A dual timeline, a beautiful Jacobean manor, an old mystery surrounding a famous painting, a couple of deliciously bad villains - and lots of snow! - I absolutely loved this story!

Her Frozen Heart is the story of one house and two women - who have both experienced something so traumatic it has left them 'frozen'. In the present day we have Caitlyn, barely coping after a tr
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Ukgardenfiend
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books-read
Loved the way the story moved between the two women in different times, but who were, in the end, linked by the same house.

I had - sort of - known that the winter in the UK in 1947 was bad, but not quite as bad as was shown in this novel.

It must have been dreadful to experience when the UK had not yet recovered from WW2 and there were still shortages of basic foods and heating materials  - the coal had frozen in the mines and the drifts were too high for the miners to get to work or coal to be t
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Jo
Nov 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Her Frozen Heart, by Lulu Taylor follows the lives of two women separated by a generation. Tommy (Thomasina) lives with her extended family in a large country house at the end of the Second World War. Widowed during the war, Tommy is struggling to hold home and family together during one of the hardest, coldest winter in a very long time. Relations are strained in the household under their enforced confinement and long-held secrets are beginning to emerge. Meanwhile, fast forward to the present ...more
Val Robson
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I struggled to get into this book and kept putting it down and having to reread the beginning as it wasn’t grabbing me enough to stick. The book is told in two timeframes - one in 1947 and one present day. The connection between the two is not clear until quite near the end and I think this made it feel like two completely separate books. I got about halfway through and had a longing to just read a book set in one strand for once - so many use this two strand writing technique lately.

The main ch
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Bonnie
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads, arc, netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Her Frozen Heart goes between chapters from Tommy's POV and Caitlyn's POV. Tommy's chapters are set during a very cold, snowy winter in 1947. Caitlyn's chapters are set now, in Oxford, after her husband was killed in a traffic accident.

I really enjoyed this book. It took a while to get the two stories merged but they merged nicely by the end. It's also hard to write much about this without giving out spoilers but
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Julie Lacey
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of two women - one in the 1940s and the other in present day.
Both women suddenly lose their husbands and struggle to cope going forward with their lives.
The chapters alternate between Tommy in the 1940s and Caitelyn in the present.
I found this a bit annoying at first as I got drawn into Caitelyn’s story more, and just wanted to know what happened in her life. However Tommy’s story soon became just as intriguing and I was hooked on both stories!
The ending is very good
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Gemma Hawthorn
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Her Frozen Heart tells the story of two women living very similar lives in two very different time periods. Tommy, a recent widow, is struggling through the winter of 1947 and Caitlyn also a recent widow is living in the modern day. The story flits between the two and reveals a fascinating storyline of controlling men and manipulative women.
I thought this book was beautifully written with amazing attention to detail. I genuinely couldn't put this book down especially as each of the plots unfolde
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Jane Watson
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book - really enjoyed it - the story was split into two halves - one modern and up-to-date and the other set in the winter of 1947 after the war which was apparently one of the coldest and worse winters ever. The characters were written well and you empathised with them and there was one of the best descriptions of being caught out in the snow in a car that I have read - really wanted them to get back to the house and was caught up in the description totally. Will definitely read more by t ...more
Lucy Dawson
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable book with dual narrative set in present day and in 1947. I enjoyed both storylines although at some points both were a little slow. I didn't understand the need for the two stories as they only married up slightly and the connections seemed very forced - this could easily have been written as two separate books and worked just the same in my opinion.
A story all about betrayal and people out to get what isn't theirs. The character of Sara was annoying and I felt like no-one woul
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Jan
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read other novels by this author which I liked. This novel was not spectacular. It was okay but I nearly gave it up a few times, the story was bland in both timelines, the ending the present day time line seemed ludicrous. Two women both widowed, trying to make a new life. The connection between the two women is thin .The introduction of two annoying female characters in both storylines just added insult to injury, There are worse books there are better but I want a story that grips me, m ...more
Tea Leaves and Reads
I have to admit, it did take me a while to read this book, I almost felt like there were two stories within it that would have been perfectly good books on their own and probably easier to manage. It wasn't until about two thirds through the book that the link between the two stories became more apparent and I think this is what made it drag a little. That being said, both back stories on their own were great and I was hooked to find out exactly what was going on. I felt that after all that thou ...more
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Lulu was brought up in the Oxfordshire countryside, attended a girls’ school and then went to Oxford University, where she read English Literature. After university, she worked in publishing for several years, before becoming a novelist.

Lulu says of her books: ‘I’ve always adored stories of the rich and reckless at play, everything from The Great Gatsby to the brilliant blockbuster novels of the 8
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