Caroline Evans and her fifteen-year-old daughter Issy are on their own and struggling to cope with their new life. Caroline left her husband behind in Singapore after having enough of his cheating ways. Issy, who is a normal teenager, is struggling with the divorce and her feelings of abandonment despair and despise of her mother’s choice to remove her from her home and move to England. On a trip out of London, Caroline and Issy find themselves taking refuge from a story and finding a new home and family along the way. Though their past will come back to haunt them, and the worst has not yet come, they learn that together they can weather any storm life throws their way.
I enjoyed this story, but it didn’t knock me off my feet. It was amusing enough but lacked the pull to keep me glued to the pages, unable to put the book down or even dying to get back to it. I personally didn’t connect with these characters, though their story is not unlikely and many can probably relate. I did enjoy the relationship between mother and daughter along with the kindness of the strangers in the English village Caroline decided to put down roots in. I loved the English pub setting and the descriptions of the countryside. I could easily picture each place within the novel and the characters as well. It was well written, it just didn’t quite capture me. I would read other works by this author based on the writing in this book; I just hope they are a little more enjoyable.
Elizabeth Adler delivers an emotionally powerful novel about mothers and daughters, the secrets we share, and those we keep to ourselves.
Fifteen-year-old Issy, and her newly-single mother, Caroline Evans, are struggling to find their way alone, as well as together. At thirty-eight, Caroline is coming to terms with this new life, even though she has little money and all the responsibility for the two of them. When she decides to leave their well-off lives in Singapore (and her cheating husband and his long-time mistress and powerhouse), she ends up living in an English village pub, cooking dinners to earn enough to get by on; meeting unexpectedly quirky people, and making friends. But Issy still adores her father and secretly blames her mother for their change in life. When Caroline’s dream of restoring an old barn into a restaurant finally begins to come true, her chance at happiness hangs in the balance as whispers of murder and vengeance find their way to her. When Issy, hovering in that limbo between girl and young woman, begins to make some dangerous choices, the stakes are raised even higher.
A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY is filled with emotions that every woman will recognize as Caroline and Issy make their way in the world and do battle with those who would wish to see them lose their chances to gain their hearts’ desires. Love and hate, blame and responsibility, deception and trust all collide in this novel that is Elizabeth Adler at her page-turning best.