The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans

The Wildflowers

The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans is the spellbinding new novel from the Top 5 Sunday Times bestselling author of A Place for Us and The Butterfly Summer. Fans of Kate Morton's The Lake House or Santa Montefiore will delight in this book. Harriet Evans is 'perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes and Maeve Binchy' BestTony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative ... adulterous to the core.They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our live...

Details The Wildflowers

TitleThe Wildflowers
Release DateMay 3rd, 2018
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary

Reviews The Wildflowers

  • Karen
    *4.5 Oh my goodness. What a complex and damaged family the Wildes are. The Wildflowers is an epic family drama, spanning several decades, from 1940 to 2015. Set mainly in Dorset and London, it tells the story of a family gradually being torn apart by actions from the past.Anthony and Althea Wilde are well known and respected actors, Tony more so, as he is considerably older than Althea. To say that he gets around, is putting it mildly! His long s...
  • Paula Sealey
    A wonderfully captivating family saga, Harriet Evans hits all the right notes here with her evocative writing and superb characters.Acting duo Tony and Althea Wilde and their two children visit their beachside property each summer. Meant to be the ideal getaway from the pressures of life, it is in fact the place where many secrets are held and relationships formed and broken.Following the Wilde family through the years was highly enjoyable. Tony'...
  • Amy
    It’s been way too long since I’ve read a really good family saga, so when the opportunity arose to read The Wildflowers I just had to take it. If you’re looking for a book to really sink your teeth into, look no further. This is a meaty read(over 500 pages), you really get the opportunity to know the characters as it follows the Wilde family throughout their entire lives and by the end I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to them.This jump...
  • Liz
    I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a cast of such deep and complex characters. The tortuous, and sometimes tawdry, relationships between them was quite difficult to keep track of. The constant switching forwards and back in time was, at times, confusing but I do think it was well done and gave me a deeper understanding of the characters and their actions. It’s a big read but absorbing.3-4 stars
  • Julie
    A difficult book to review as I found it enchanting yet disappointing at the same time. I loved the setting; 'idyllic' childhood at a Cornish beach house with some larger than life theatrical characters. On the other hand, this family saga was told initially from the daughter, Cordelia's, point of view. However, later on it switched to the adult's point of view and became somewhat confusing and to be honest overlong. If this had been offset by a ...
  • Irene
    A theatrical family, a house by the sea and an abandoned girl. Story told by Cordelia, how all the shenanigans affected her adult life. Normally I love family sagas but this was a bit of a struggle for me sadly. Disappointing because it sounded so good and it had a great cover, but it was much too long and wordy with such a fine set of selfish individuals, full of self entitlement. The style of writing and words used made it seem much older than ...
  • Karen Mace
    If you are looking for an epic family drama, full of scandal, regrets and dark secrets then you need this book in your life! The author has created an astonishing family who seem to live an extremely privileged life but when you look behind the facade, it is often no more than a nightmare.The Wilde family are an acting dynasty. Tony and Althea are, on paper, a golden couple, with successful careers but, behind closed doors, they are two quite sel...
  • Lydia Bailey
    Wonderful to get totally lost in this family saga. A long read at 510 pages which would be just perfect to pack into your holiday bag. Harriet Evans manages to create totally real 3D characters here whom you feel you know inside & out. She weaves a wonderful tale spanning the generations. Although parts of it during the middle section become rather disconnected/disturbing/sordid the final third brings everything full circle and ties the ending up...
  • Anne
    When I noticed that this book was 540+ pages, I’ll admit to some trepidation – that’s usually the size of two books for me. But those pages flew by, and it was a lovely experience to be in the very safe hands of such a wonderful story teller.This book was enthralling – I found it impossible to look away from the chaotic life of the Wilde family, Tony and Althea with their glorious self-obsession and shaky moral standards, their children C...
  • Helen Edwards
    Oh dear, just two stars from me, and I usually love Harriet Evans' books. To be quite honest it took me until I was over 50% of the way through to become interested. I thought about giving up, but as this was a review copy, I felt I should persevere. Thanks to NetGalley by the way for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.My favourite character was Ben, but I couldn't warm to the other main characters. I particularly disliked Tony, and Althea ...
  • Toast
    It started off so well. Then it got really s l o w and self indulgent. The characters became stock - the know it all matyr daughter; the adulterer actor lovey father, the quiet supertalented mother; the fragile tragedy waiting to happen daughter in law - tedious. All of them charging around with 'my secret's bigger than yours' drive leading them no where for pages, chapters, years. In the end they all could quite happily have rumbled on for anoth...
  • Claire Reeder
    I really wanted to like this book. A family saga set between then and now but for some reason I just couldn’t gel with it. There are so many characters and I felt that I was always having to check who was actually speaking at the time. I also felt I got to the end of the book and was quite nonchalant about the whole thing. Sorry but this wasn’t one for me.
  • Laura
    Book reviews on The Wildflowers is a sweet, absorbing story about growing up, family secrets and the effect that glimping something you ‘shouldn’t have’ – even for a moment – can have such a profound effect throughout your life…If that sounds a bit vague, good – I don’t want to give too much away about this story as I think it’s best to approach it without any preconceptions, as I did. It’s certainly a long...
  • Jo Barton
    Cordelia and Ben Wilde spend their summers in Worth Bay, Cornwall at the magical holiday retreat, named the Bosky, which has belonged to their father since he inherited it as a boy. For the children, staying at the Bosky is a filled with a mixture of great excitement and great despair as the trauma of having two temperamental actors as parents, means that the long summers spent in Cornwall are never without drama.Tony and Althea Wilde, thespian t...
  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    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 ...
  • Kim
    What a wonderful book with many threads skilfully weaved to Create a story that draws you in from page 1.. Tony and Althea Wilde are actors who enjoy spending the summer by the beach with their children . We follow their story from childhood and learn many secrets that have shaped the people they have become. Tony has a roving eye and we are never sure whether Althea is blissfully unaware The. Children befriend a local girl who has a tough life a...
  • Judy Odom
    If you love family sagas, and all family's have their secrets, then this is the book for you.The Wilde's are an eccentric family in their own way. Tony and Althea are both in the acting profession and Tony is dealing with his past from the war when he lost both his parents. They have 2 children and one of the neighboring children practically lives with them at their costal house.The character's are well written, some more likeable then others but...
  • Louise
    I usually rate Harriet Evans books a lot higher than this one. I read it, it was ok but at the end of the day I was just reading it to finish it. I found the characters in this book pretty unlikable and there was not one that I was truly invested in.I also found the setting hard to picture in my head. I am not sure it was due to the description or just never having never seen any home close to what was described. I found this aspect pretty frustr...
  • Marilyn
    Loved the characters. Tony and Althea larger than life, Tony completely adulterous, complex to understand but as the story unfolds you begin to see what made him that way. The children all affected in some way for years but no one understands the full picture, the why’s, the who’s. From idyllic childhood to an isolated adult existence. I found it quite gripping, well written, I almost felt like I had visited the bosco.
  • Rhona
    Great family saga - highly recommend!!!
  • Caroline Hedges
    Reminded me of all the wonderful saga books of the 80s that I loved to read.I did skim some of Tony's story. I found him rather unpleasant a character and didn't much care for his excuses for being so selfish and self centered. Sometimes Evans delved into the well worn bag of upper crust characters that everyone seems to like and lost her originality. I also found I couldn't picture things from her description of them.Will be looking out for more...
  • Jan
    I don't think Harriet Evans could write a bad book, I have all her novels and I really liked this latest one. Harriet has a way of telling a story and I think this book would be great televised because there is so much in it. Initially I thought it was slow going but like a train starting a journey it picked up speed to the point I just needed to know all the secrets. Anthony and Althea Wilde were flawed but champions in their field, only as the ...
  • Chrys
    An interesting read about how secrets can destroy lives, and what makes family. Harriet Evans has moved on from her previous light stories to some darker subject matter, and she does it quite well.
  • Candy
    Such a beautiful story :) I loved it. 10/10 Read my review on my blog on 05/04/18 Candysbookcase.wordpress.con
  • Kate
    I’m usually a huge fan of Harriet Evans books but I really struggled with this one. The whizzing around between different times was quite hard to follow and to be honest the storyline was a little grim. Definitely not my favourite.
  • Laura
    I've been reading Harriet Evans's novels since her 2005 debut, Going Home, and I'm a particular fan of the turn she's taken in her last two books, A Place for Us and The Butterfly Summer, moving away from 'chick lit' towards modern family sagas. I always enjoy a good chick lit, but there's something in Evans's writing, and in her interest in home, place and family dynamics, that seems to work especially well telling these kinds of stories, and I'...
  • Jessica Gilmore
    I absolutely adore books about glamorous families and the secrets they hide, books about the houses binding those families together and I have a special fondness for books set by the sea. Add in the fact that The Wildflowers is by Harriet Evans whose books I have always loved and I knew I was in for a treat. I saved The Wildflowers for a cold day between Christmas and New Year when I was laid up with a box of tissues and a pharmacy-worth of vapou...
  • Natalie
    To be completely honest, I thought about giving up on this book more than once. But it would be the first book I'd ever given up on. The first 50 - 60% was so slow and some of it seemed so pointless. Yes, I love a good backstory. But a lot of it just seemed to fall flat to me. Also, some of the language was honestly so ridiculous. I understand parts were set in the past but I feel these sections were too old fashioned even for the 40s and 50s. Th...
  • Helen
    i won this in a goodreads giveaway, and even though it was a little different to most of her books i thoroughly enjoyed it.its very easy to get engaged and involved with the story, characters and family secrets. not all of the characters are likeable but still intriguing.great for a cosy weekend read
  • Suan Watts
    A bit slow going in the first quarter but scene setting really. After that there were twists and turns that kept my interest right to the end.I got this book from Goodreads