About the author (as seen in the book)
Harriet Evans grew-up in London. As a child she loved reading and making up stories. She then progressed on to teenage geekdom and agonised Sylvia Plath-style poetry it’s probably best no to dwell on. The career in musical theatre she’d always dreamed of never materialised for whatever reason, and so she ended up at Bristol University where she read classical studies. In her twenties she was lucky enough to get a job as a secretary at a publishers and instantly realised working with books was what she’d always wanted to do. She was a fiction editor for ten happy years but left in 2009 to write full-time, making up stories all day. Harriet still lives in London with her family. She likes old films, property websites, sloe gin cocktails, feminism and Bombay mix, not in that order. A Place For Us and The Butterfly Summer are both available from Headline Reviews.
Publication date: 5th April 2018
Also available in Ebook and Audiobook formats.
Pages: 528 pages
Genre: Contemporary/ Romance
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: Borrowed
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
Tony 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- thr 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.
Isn’t the front cover charming? I could completely lose myself in this cover, from the starry night sky which meats the sea to silhouettes of two people walking along the beach. The reader is made to feel they are standing on the veranda looking out to the beach, a comfortable chair with squidgy cushions sits just beside the steps leading down to the beach with an open book faced down on the floor. The title is in white and looks great against the night sky and Harriet’s name is done in a rose gold colour which shimmers in the light.
I read one of harriet’s book last year; A Place For Us and quite frankly adored her story telling! She has a way of keeping the reader wrapped up in the story till the very end.
The Wildflowers is a story based around the Wilde family, husband and wife Tony and Althea both of which are glamorous actors. They have two children Cordelia and Benedict. They have many summers at their beach house The Bosky; which was where orphaned Tony grew-up as a child. The Bosky was always full of Tony and Althea’s acting friends, where party’s were held and affairs were had! From anyone working looking in they are the perfect and lucky family; which young Mads thinks they are looking at them from afar. When abandoned Mads makes her presence known to the Wilde’s they take her in offering her love warmth and family. Tony seems to really understand her and knows more about her family than he is letting on. Are the Wilde family really as perfect as they seem? What is with Tony’s past? What happened to him? Will Mads find what she wants? What happened in Mads home life? Will Cord, Ben and Mads get on? Can Mads be happy? What are the secrets being kept? Are they still a close family?
The Wildflowers was a wonderfully written story with many twists and turns that kept me glued to this book till the very last page. I liked that the story went back and forth from past to present; which really gives the reader the history of the characters and helped me to understand them. I found that all the characters to be unique and very interesting and their journey had me enchanted. I read The Wildflowers relatively quickly simply because I couldn’t put it down, so that tells me that this is a dam good read! And a must read in my eye’s. Harriet you’ve written a beautiful story!
Marie’s Book Boutique gives
The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans
5 Wonderful Sparkly Stars
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