The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans is the spellbinding new novel from the Top 5 Sunday Times bestselling author of A Place for Us and The Butterfly Summer. Fans of Kate Morton's The Lake House or Santa Montefiore will delight in this book. Harriet Evans is 'perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Maeve Binchy' BestTony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative ... adulterous to the core.They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our lives love and colour in a house by the sea - the house that sheltered my orphaned father when he was a boy.But the summer Mads arrived changed everything. She too had been abandoned and my father understood why. We Wildflowers took her in.My father was my hero, he gave us a golden childhood, but the past was always going to catch up with him ... it comes for us all, sooner or later.This is my story. I am Cordelia Wilde. A singer without a voice. A daughter without a father. Let me take you inside....
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The Wildflowers Reviews
This was such an interesting idea for a book, lots of eccentric characters over a long time period with one thing linking them together. This is proper storytelling at its best. I listened to this one on audio book and I have to admit that keeping track of who's who in the book whilst listening on audio was kind of tricky, maybe because it was one narrator so they all sounded similar, but I think the actual ebook was much easier to keep track of the names, do bear that in mind if you're thinking ...more
I usually rate Harriet Evans books a lot higher than this one. I read it, it was ok but at the end of the day I was just reading it to finish it. I found the characters in this book pretty unlikable and there was not one that I was truly invested in.
I also found the setting hard to picture in my head. I am not sure it was due to the description or just never having never seen any home close to what was described. I found this aspect pretty frustrating.
If you are looking for an epic family drama, full of scandal, regrets and dark secrets then you need this book in your life! The author has created an astonishing family who seem to live an extremely privileged life but when you look behind the facade, it is often no more than a nightmare.
The Wilde family are an acting dynasty. Tony and Althea are, on paper, a golden couple, with successful careers but, behind closed doors, they are two quite selfish individuals who seem to accept infidelity on ...more
An interesting read about how secrets can destroy lives, and what makes family. Harriet Evans has moved on from her previous light stories to some darker subject matter, and she does it quite well.
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The Wildflowers is a sweet, absorbing story about growing up, family secrets and the effect that glimping something you ‘shouldn’t have’ – even for a moment – can have such a profound effect throughout your life…
If that sounds a bit vague, good – I don’t want to give too much away about this story as I think it’s best to approach it without any preconceptions, as I did. It’s certainly a long read (at times I felt perhaps it could have been trimmed down, but on ...more
I've been reading Harriet Evans's novels since her 2005 debut, Going Home, and I'm a particular fan of the turn she's taken in her last two books, A Place for Us and The Butterfly Summer, moving away from 'chick lit' towards modern family sagas. I always enjoy a good chick lit, but there's something in Evans's writing, and in her interest in home, place and family dynamics, that seems to work especially well telling these kinds of stories, and I've found them all really absorbing. The Wildflower ...more
If you love family sagas, and all family's have their secrets, then this is the book for you.
The Wilde's are an eccentric family in their own way. Tony and Althea are both in the acting profession and Tony is dealing with his past from the war when he lost both his parents.
They have 2 children and one of the neighboring children practically lives with them at their costal house.
The character's are well written, some more likeable then others but all have their place in this story.
Oh my goodness. What a complex and damaged family the Wildes are. The Wildflowers is an epic family drama, spanning several decades, from 1940 to 2015. Set mainly in Dorset and London, it tells the story of a family gradually being torn apart by actions from the past.
Anthony and Althea Wilde are well known and respected actors, Tony more so, as he is considerably older than Althea. To say that he gets around, is putting it mildly! His long suffering wife Althea is well aware of his affairs, ...more