Beloved Sunday Times bestselling author Harriet Evans takes us back to Winterfold with a delightful holiday-themed e-novella and spin-off tale from her international bestseller, A Place for Us.
Experience a festive reunion with the Winter family in their home in the English countryside—or meet them for the first time—and enjoy their warm celebrations around the fire. Winterfold, the rambling house of the Winter family, has always sprung to life at Christmas—the purple wisteria might be a distant memory, but in the crisp air of December, the inviting glow of candles at the window and the delicious aromas from the kitchen offer you a warm welcome. As Martha Winter’s family fill the empty rooms with their laughter and cheer, the ghosts of the past are pushed into the shadows. Welcome back to Winterfold, and the healing magic of Christmas.
Harriet Evans is the internationally bestselling author of Going Home, A Hopeless Romantic, The Love of Her Life, I Remember You, Love Always, Happily Ever After, Not Without You, A Place for Us, The Butterfly Summer, The Wildflowers. She lives in London. Visit her website at Harriet-Evans.com.
"A brilliantly written story that will stay with you long after the last page."
– Fabulous Magazine
"A scattered family comes together for a mysterious announcement in Evans' (Not Without You, 2014) latest novel. From an English estate called Winterfold, Martha Winter sends out invitations for her 80th birthday party with a puzzling statement: 'There will be an important announcement. We ask that you please be there.' Only her husband, David, a well-known cartoonist, knows what this announcement might be. The Winters have been fixtures in their Somerset village for 45 years, raising their three children, Florence, Bill, and Daisy, there, though both Martha and David come from humble backgrounds in London's East End. Now only their son Bill lives nearby. Daisy hasn't been seen in years after having gone off to do charity work in India, and Florence is an art history professor in Italy. All three children, though successful in their careers, seem to fail when it comes to personal relationships. Bill is on his second marriage, Daisy abandoned her daughter, Cat, and seems to want little to do with the family, and Florence is an awkward spinster in love with a man who treats her with disdain. Told from the perspectives of various family members as they receive Martha's invitations, it's clear this family's story is full of unanswered questions. How did Martha and David come to Winterfold, and what were they running from? Why did Daisy disappear, and will she make an appearance at the party? Why did Florence always feel like an outsider in her own family? And of course, what is Martha's big announcement? These questions create a quiet suspense, and their surprising answers come at a satisfying pace. Each of the characters is distinct and sympathetic, and the tensions in the family are often treated with a comic touch even in the midst of tragedy. While a story with this many characters could have felt disjointed, here they are interwoven tightly to create a single, absorbing tapestry."
– Kirkus Reviews
"Lovely and heart-warming, A Place for Us is a thoroughly readable novel filled with tragedy, love and redemption."
– Peterborough Telegraph
"A really superior modern saga, with utterly true to life characters."
– Sunday Mirror
"This brilliantly written portrait of a fascinating family in crisis is an emotionally intelligent, thoughtful and engaging read."
– Daily Mail
"I was blissfully carried away by this intelligent...classy and superbly executed family saga."
– Saga Magazine
Praise for NOT WITHOUT YOU
“Oh, I loved Not Without You! I just couldn't stop reading. Anyone who loves the old-fashioned romance of black and white movies, or wishes they could step into the film or behind the Hollywood sound stages, will love Eve's 1950s story; anyone who wonders what it's really like to be modern-day box office royalty will be gripped by Sophie's. Harriet Evans conjures up the glamour, pressures, and euphoria of life as a star, yet she creates two very real heroines treading the precarious tightrope of fame. It's a novel that your ace through hungrily, yet don't want to end, thanks to characters who feel like friends from the first page.”
– New York Times bestselling author Hester Browne
"The shallow LA of today is wittily satirized, and the more glamorous age of the 50s brilliantly recalled."
– Sunday Mirror
"This cleverly constructed tale about the interwoven lives of two Hollywood actresses will have you gripped from the very first page. Dripping with dark humour, gritty realism, with a little bit of romance thrown in, too, it's an absorbing read."
"A multifacted tale of fading fame and shifting fortunes."
"This is more than your average chic lit. The stories of Sophie and Eve take center stage here, providing a refreshing and absorbing depth and complexity. A fascinating look at the Hollywood machine of past and present and those who have struggled within it."
Praise for LOVE OF HER LIFE
“Both entertaining and emotional; tissues at hand highly recommended.”
“Evans captures the essence of the young 21st–century career woman. . . . Delightful.”
– Fresh Fiction
“An unputdownable, gripping story of life, loss, and one girl’s search for happiness.”
– Glamour (UK)
Praise for LOVE ALWAYS
"Written in the author’s usual warm, witty style, this is perfect for a cozy night in."
– Cosmopolitan (UK)
"Well written… you’ll love it."
– Daily Mail (UK)
"(A) story of heartbreak and rivalry… An effortless and deeply satisfying romantic tale."
– Glamour (UK)
"A broken heart and a forbidden affair are the compelling components of this poignant tale of self-discovery…Wonderful."
– Marie Claire (UK)
Praise for I REMEMBER YOU
“A fabulous feel-good love story of friendship lost and love regained."
– Woman & Home (UK)
"This best-friends-fall-in-love novel will make a satisfying sumer read."
– Library Journal
"Evans’ latest will wrap you in a quaint tale of first loves, self-discovery and second chances . . . the locales are stunning, leading the reader on a romantic journey across Great Britain, from small towns full of Jane Austen historical sites to bustling London . . . a compelling story complete with mystery, unearthed secrets and longing for new adventures and old comforts."