I was asked to review this book without knowing the title or author. Martha Winter has a secret, and she plans to reveal it at her next birthday party. She throws parties every year and invites all her family and neighbours, but this year it will be different. This is a story about love, loss and the complexities of family relationships.
The first part of the book seems to go through the formalities of introducing the family and developing their characters. To be honest I found this a little slow and confusing, but I could see why it was important. As you move into the second and third parts the plot lines start to make sense and result in a number of revelations. I found it easier to read as the relationships grew. I liked the references to the war and devastation it caused. The descriptions were bleak and I could imagine the scenes well. I was drawn to the recollections of the past more than the present.
The feminist in me struggled to identify with the female characters. Although depicted as strong role models at times, they soon reverted to stereotype. I would probably give this book three out of five. I didn’t love it, but didn’t hate it either.
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I received this book in exchange for a review on Lovereading.co.uk