I'm delighted to be sharing my review for The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans as part of the blog tour today. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...
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 - 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.
Even though there are a few story threads within this book I really enjoyed being immersed in the Wilde family's life and soon enough I didn't want to stop reading. Although at just over 500 pages it wasn't possible to finish in one go but I read as much as I could before sleep won in the end. The characters have flaws but if you visit my blog often enough you will know that I quite like characters to have their flaws as you get a more realistic feel to them after all no one is 100 percent perfect.
I loved how the chapters showed different timelines as it really helped to build and develop the characters so that I could begin to understand their personalities. With this style of writing of course it may seem as if the story takes time to get going but I felt it was all balanced out producing a sweeping saga style story. It really is worth sticking with it and taking your time absorbing the characters story to get the full effect. I really don't want to go into much detail as it would detract from the story and of course I don't want to reveal any spoilers. However I will say that there are secrets, family drama and mystery at the heart of this story. The Wildflowers will take you on quite a journey one filled with a beautiful setting along with an emotional story that pulled at my heart strings.
The book cover tag line is "It's time to tell our story" and what a story it is!
With thanks to Anne Cater and Headline for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.