The bit on the back…
The day Martha Winter decided to tear apart her family began like any other day.
The house has soft, purple wisteria twining around the door. You step inside.
The hall is cool after the hot summer's day. The welcome is kind, and always warm.
Yet something makes you suspect life here can't be as perfect as it seems.
After all, the brightest smile can hide the darkest secret.
But wouldn't you pay any price to have a glorious place like this?
Welcome to Winterfold.
Martha Winter's family is finally coming home.
Firstly, thank you to Headline for approving me for a review copy of the second part of this serialised novel. This will be my second Harriet Evans novel when I’ve read all four parts! Part 1 left us on a bit of a cliffhanger so I was eager to find out what was next for the family.
Briefly, so far we’ve been introduced to all of the family members and heard a little from them in past and present narrative scenes. Martha, the head of the family has called everyone together under the guise of her 80th birthday but with the intention of sharing a secret with them all.
As I’ve said part 1 left us on a cliff hanger and that was after Martha dropped one part of the secret she’s planning on telling the family. With that in mind I began part 2 anticipating the reactions of the other family members. Instead I found that more and more secrets were being kept from relatives, about relatives and all of them suddenly seemed to be at boiling point ready to spill over.
The anticipation kept me turning the pages turning this family tale into a gripping story. This part of the novel was incredibly emotional as we get to see a bit further into each family member’s lives and we get to understand them a bit more.
I think my favourite characters so far are Cat and Lucy, Martha’s two granddaughters. They are both quite different, Cat seeming to be more mature and Lucy the opposite and I think it’s partly their immediate family situations that caused them to be this way. I also love the addition of Cat’s son Luke to the story here as he brings some innocence to the story.
Some of the secrets suddenly become not so secret and this causes more drama towards the end of this part culminating in Martha’s big reveal. The full story that Martha has been hiding has the family in turmoil and is a bit more than can be handled by some.
Left on another cliff hanger I am already excited for part 3!