A Place For Us  Part 1
A Place For Us Part 1 by Harriet Evans
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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 not changed – indeed it has strengthened if anything.

There are quite a few characters in the book and this part seems to be introducing them all to the reader. The book has been written from multiple points of view, but these are refreshingly clearly marked and it is very obvious who is speaking. Obviously, as an introduction, this was bound to be bitty, but I did warm to all the characters and look forward to hearing more about them in later parts.

I am not really quite sure what genre of book this is supposed to be since not enough has yet happened. All the family appear to have secrets, some are revealed and some not, but the one at the end of this part which I think was a cliffhanger, was completely obvious to me from the beginning, so I will be interested to see where that goes.

All in all, I would like to read the next part, but I think the story will need to move on quite a lot more quickly for me to stay interested.

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