The Wildling Sisters – Eve Chase
I am a bit behind on my reading this year. I find I am constantly distracted and reading more than I should at one time, thereby not making much progress on anything. I received this story as an ARC from Netgalley and while I was suppose to review it several weeks ago, I say better late than never!
This was not a usual choice of mine. At heart, if I have a choice I pick something with a little magic. This had a different kind of magic. It was a story about the bonds of sisterhood and motherhood. It was a coming of age story in some ways as well. But at its core, I felt the story was focused more on the strength of family even when we think they are slipping away.
I had specific ideas of where I thought this story was going. It never went to the darkest places I imagined, but it kept me hooked because I needed to know how it ended. It was well-written even for being an unedited copy.
It was cryptic and eerie even when nothing creepy was going on. There was always a cloud that followed the characters around. Chase did a masterful job in creating an uncertain and troubling feeling that pervaded the story and the separate story lines.
Her characters were likeable and real. I felt drawn and compassionate to them all and understood when they made mistakes.
If you are looking for a story that unsettles you in more than one way, and yet can make everything clearer then I think this story it for you. It’s a story about family and about loss. It tells the tale of four sisters who choose each other, even when vanities divide. And it open wounds that need to be cleaned when it comes to loves insecurity. A truly emotional and moving story.
Four sisters. One summer. A lifetime of secrets.
When fifteen-year-old Margot and her three sisters arrive at Applecote Manor in June 1959, they expect a quiet English country summer. Instead, they find their aunt and uncle still reeling from the disappearance of their daughter, Audrey, five years before. As the sisters become divided by new tensions when two handsome neighbors drop by, Margot finds herself drawn into the life Audrey left behind. When the summer takes a deadly turn, the girls must unite behind an unthinkable choice or find themselves torn apart forever.
Fifty years later, Jesse is desperate to move her family out of their London home, where signs of her widower husband’s previous wife are around every corner. Gorgeous Applecote Manor, nestled in the English countryside, seems the perfect solution. But Jesse finds herself increasingly isolated in their new sprawling home, at odds with her fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, and haunted by the strange rumors that surround the manor.
Rich with the heat and angst of love both young and old, The Wildling Sisters is a gorgeous and breathtaking journey into the bonds that unite a family and the darkest secrets of the human heart.
*I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.