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“Newly single Caroline, and her fifteen year old daughter Issy, enjoy a mother-daughter relationship, which is at times fraught with frustration and despair, and yet, inevitably they have a deep and abiding love for each another. After her marriage breakdown, Caroline must try to make a new life...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Easy read, characters easy to absorb, quick read.”Judy O wrote this review Monday, October 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked this book -- fairly predictable, but still good. Most of Adler's books are mostly travelogue, but this one was just a good story. Believable characters. ”Linda S wrote this review Sunday, October 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoy reading Elizabeth Adler. Her novels are always set in wonderful places, and they are quick and entertaining reads.”Marisa wrote this review Wednesday, August 22, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved the cover, but the insides weren't up to the same standards!”Carolyn F wrote this review Thursday, August 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“read July 2012”Judy H wrote this review Sunday, July 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Caroline Evans has left her cheating husband and her high class life behind in Singapore and takes her 15 year old daughter with her. Starting over is not going to be easy but it better than living a lie.
Caroline and Issy end up Oxfordshire, England. They happen upon an English pub where owner Maggie takes them in and has Caroline cooking up a storm in the kitchen in no time. Caroline loves to cook.
Issy makes friends with Maggie's daughter but she still blames her mother for taking her away from her father and ruining her life.
Their lives take a turn as Caroline decides to follow her dream and create her own Place in the Country while Issy is stuck in that time between being a girl and becoming a young woman and is making some dangerous choices.
Their past also comes up close and personal when someone is murdered and an unexpected visitor comes to visit them in the country.
Elizabeth Adler has given us an engaging and emotional story of a mother and her daughter and the bonds they share.
Caroline is doing what she knows is right no matter how difficult. Issy just wants things to go back to normal. They meet many new people in the country that quickly become friends. Caroline needs to free herself to love again. More than one man wants to be "the man" in her life.
The mystery added to this mix was surprising and exciting. Twists and turns that maneuver they story in a different direction. A direction that shows Caroline how strong she has become since she was at her ex-husband's beck and call.
The descriptions of the English countryside painted a beautiful picture even when it was raining or foggy. Sounds like A Place in the Country would be a wonderful place to visit.
This is my first read of this author but it won't be my last. The story gets my highest recommendation.”
“Newly single Caroline, and her fifteen year old daughter Issy, enjoy a mother-daughter relationship, which is at times fraught with frustration and despair, and yet, inevitably they have a deep and abiding love for each another. After her marriage breakdown, Caroline must try to make a new life for herself and Issy. When forced to leave their home in Singapore, they travel to England, where they attempt to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. However, Issy is a tetchy and argumentative teenager, still coming to terms with being abandoned by the father she adores, and blames her mother for the breakdown of the marriage. Inevitably, Caroline, faced with the prospect of supporting the two of them, needs to find a way of making a living. They decide to settle in a quirky Cotswold village, and quickly immerse themselves in village life, where they begin to make friends, and set down some roots. However, with stability comes commitment, as both Caroline and Issy find their own way of dealing with the events that life throws at them.
A Place in the Country is a strong and emotional story which captures perfectly the mother-daughter relationship, and emphasises the need within us all for love and acceptance. Elizabeth Adler has brought to life the idiosyncrasies of English village life, and has combined this with an array of warm and witty characters. The additional mystery at the heart of the story adds a nice twist and serves to emphasise that life is never easy, and sometimes we have to deviate from our path, in order to get to where we are going.
Having never read any of Elizabeth Adler’s books before I was impressed with her style of writing and the way the story evolved effortlessly. This is one of those lovely books to get lost in – best read on a sunny afternoon in the garden.
My thanks to NetGalley and St Martin’s Press for an advance digital copy to read and review.