I have to be honest and admit that this, my second ‘First Reads’ win from Goodreads, perhaps wasn’t what I had been expecting.
‘A Place For Us’, turned out to be Part One, of a four part serialisation of the full length book of the same name, just recently released.
At the perfect novella length of 131 pages, I am very much hoping that this paperback copy can be read as a stand alone short story.
It does appear to have received some very positive ratings and reviews over the last few weeks, however, if any of you out there who have stopped by this week, have read this one personally, I would value and appreciate your views….
‘A PLACE FOR US’ … Part One ‘The Invitation’
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.
After briefly leaving London, to study The Classics at Bristol University, she was soon headed back down the motorway, determined on a career in magazines.
After a disastrous couple of months at the ‘Lady’ magazine, she was lucky enough to get into publishing, first at Penguin, where she worked for seven years, progressing from secretary to editorial director, publishing mainly women’s fiction, leaving there to work for another publisher, Headline.
By 2008, Harriet, who had long since been writing in her spare time, left Headline to pursue her writing career full time and hasn’t looked back since, signing a publishing deal with HarperCollins in the UK and Simon and Schuster in the US, who have now published all five of her novels to date.
I am passionate about commercial fiction, especially commercial women’s fiction, which seems to me to come in for an extraordinary amount of bile and patronising comment, in contrast to the same kind of books by men, which get reviewed, discussed, accepted into the canon with far greater ease. Books about young women’s lives, their jobs, romances, nights out, what they like doing, are seen as frippery and silly; books about young men’s lives covering exactly the same topics are discussed and debated, often accepted as valid and interesting contributions to the current social and media scene.
Harriet’s Facebook page:
Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’
Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’
Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’
Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
I am looking forward to sharing some of your great ‘new finds’ this week