The Winter Children Lulu Taylor

51tLQD+hI2L._AC_US218_Pub:  Pan

Olivia and Dan Felbeck are blissfully happy when their longed-for twins arrive after years of IVF. At the same time, they make the move to Renniston Hall, a huge, Elizabethan house that belongs to absent friends. Living rent-free in a small part of the unmodernised house, once a boarding school, they can begin to enjoy the family life they’ve always wanted. But there is a secret at the heart of their family, one that Olivia does not yet know. And the house, too, holds its darkness deep within it . . .

 

The Winter Children is quite a tale…

Atmospheric with mystery, tension and sadness.

Olivia and Dan unable to have children decide to use donor eggs in order to conceive. Bea and Stan are the blessed children born in Winter that fill Olivia’s life with contentment and happiness.

Dan’s old friend from University, Francesca, has been part of his life for many years and they share a close bond. When ‘Cheska’s’ husband Walt buys an old stately home, she enables Dan and Olivia to stay in the old cottage in the grounds to help them out, Dan and Olivia’s financial situation is not good since Dan was made redundant, and this opportunity gives the chance to finally do some writing.

This is a story of deep secrets, and to be honest if I give away too much of the plot it will ruin a tale that has so much to offer any reader.

Partly historical, in that it is set in two timelines, The Winter Children is a heart rending and emotive story. The characters care much for themselves, but oh my ….that ending!!!

I loved the plot set in 1959, and Lulu Taylor has really captured the attitude of the times. The friendship between Julia and Alice is warm and tender, and I particularly liked the closeness they shared.  Donnie was a surprising character and I didn’t guess his part at all.

I savoured this read, and quite honestly was sad to have finished it. I definitely had a ‘book hangover’.

Beautifully told.

4*/5

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