Tuesday 3 April 2018

Review: The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans

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.

Review: This was such an interesting idea for a book, lots of eccentric characters over a long time period with one thing linking them together. This is proper storytelling at its best. I listened to this one on audio book and I have to admit that keeping track of who's who in the book whilst listening on audio was kind of tricky, maybe because it was one narrator so they all sounded similar, but I think the actual ebook was much easier to keep track of the names, do bear that in mind if you're thinking of downloading the audio for this book. 

The characters in this book are interesting because a lot of them are particularly selfish, something which possibly comes with them being in the theatre. This didn't mean that I disliked the book, it was actually refreshing to have characters who were flawed to read about the whole way through. Some of the characters are quite illusive in the sense that we don't find out a lot about them in the beginning of the book, their development is very slow but this author made a choice to do that to develop the storyline further. 

The way the characters and their various storylines are link together is pretty clever but I did sometimes find myself losing interest as we got further into their development just because the pace was that little bit slower, I would have like a few less stories about the children playing and a little more about thing that actually contributed to the storyline then and there. Nevertheless this was definitely a good read and if you like a longer book with lots of intricate development points then you will definitely enjoy this one. 

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