The House on Primrose Pond by Yona Zeldis McDonough

The House on Primrose Pond

A compelling novel about one woman’s search for the truth from the author of You Were Meant For Me.  After suffering a sudden, traumatic loss, historical novelist Susannah Gilmore decides to uproot her life—and the lives of her two children—and leave their beloved Brooklyn for the little town of Eastwood, New Hampshire.   While the trio adjusts to their new surroundings, Susannah is captivated by an unexpected find in her late parents’...

Details The House on Primrose Pond

TitleThe House on Primrose Pond
Release DateFeb 2nd, 2016
GenreFiction, Womens Fiction, Death, Novels

Reviews The House on Primrose Pond

  • Kay Dee
    I won this book in a giveaway! It took me along time to read it though because i didn't realize the author was the one who was giving the book away. i will not make that mistake again, too much pressure. she wrote me a note and everything!So anyway this was a typical women's fiction type novel. i enjoyed it. I will read her other books sometime or another. they are on the list. :-)I like the typical women's fic because they are all about relation...
  • Marin Thomas
    The first Yona Zelda McDonough book I read was You Were Meant For me and I loved her storytelling not to mention her real-as-life characters. Her next book, The House On Primrose didn’t disappoint! McDonough’s writing is superb. In this story she weaves bits of the past with the present. She pulls the reader into the beautiful New England setting, which provides a rich backdrop for this tale of family drama. The characters were sympathetic, a...
  • Linda
    Note: I'd like to thank Berkley/New American Library and Goodreads Giveaways for an advanced reader's edition of this book.I found the plot of the book and the book within a book an interesting concept, however, I could not relate in any way to the main character, Susannah. She appeared to be very self-absorbed and remained so until the end. I had hoped to see more growth in her through her experiences. Instead, I found myself being drawn more to...
  • Mary
    Susannah and her two children move to New Hampshire from Brooklyn a year after the death of her husband. They move into her family cottage on Primrose Pond and start a new chapter in their lives. While adjusting to her new circumstances Susannah makes a few discoveries that make her question all she knew to be true. There are issues of guilt and anger concerning her husband’s death and the fallout experienced by Susannah’s daughter and son. F...
  • Rosa Cline
    I received this book as a Good Reads First Read Book Giveaway; of which I'm very appreciative of receiving. I really enjoyed reading this book it was some what different from the typical romance, drama, etc book. It has a book within a book and the author made it easier for the reader when she puts the other book in italicized lettering, so the reader if half asleep or can't remember can be aware of which story they are reading. Second chances an...
  • Jessica
    I had won a copy of this book on GoodReads, and I wanted to like it more than I did. While the beginning of the novel gripped me, I became lost few chapters in and experienced a disconnect with the characters. I basically wanted to feel more for them than I did. While I also like the idea of having bits of Susannah's novel interwoven throughout the text, I wasn't blown away by it. I liked the concept but I wanted more in the way it was carried ou...
  • Maryann Macdonald
    The House on Primrose Pond has a lot of the elements I enjoy reading about: history, secrets and old houses. I curled up with the book on a cold night in front of the fire and just kept on reading until I got to the end...which held some surprises. Although the novel is a romance, it was the female relationships in the book that interested me. My favorite unexpected line was: "If you can't be a bitch with your mother, who can you be a bitch with?...
  • Laurie
    **#1 RECOMMENDED READ**   Compelling.  Intriguing.  Evocative. Enthralling. Captivating. These are the words that come to mind to describe my feelings about The House on Primrose Pond. Seriously, I never wanted to put the book down. It was so well constructed and comprised of so many riveting elements that I found myself glued to the pages, anxiously awaiting the next development. I was fully invested in the story, which actually consisted of ...
  • Karen
    4.5 I really loved this book! The characters were believable and likeable. The plot had a few twists. I enjoyed how the author wove a story within a story. She also included interesting details about the writing process. This story touched on many themes- rebuilding a life after a devastating loss, jealousy, teenage angst and forgiveness. I highly recommend this book.
  • Krystyna Goddu
    I did enjoy reading The House on Primrose Pond! McDonough is especially good here at depicting the emotional complexities of mother/daughter relationships. The interweaving of historical fiction with the very contemporary tale is also well-handled, with the theme of guilt laced throughout both. The surprise at the end is quite delicious.
  • Caroline Angell
    The author has woven a compelling tale that combines a piece of forgotten history with an honest look at how one family makes their way through the upheaval of a tragedy. The New England setting was completely immersive. This was a page-turner with a satisfying ending!
  • Lynn Demsky
    A triumphant story that encircles today and the past with a round of ever never ending love! A real winner of a book that was more than I ever expected to discover--- would be a GREAT study for a woman’s reading group or gathering of associates.
  • Diane
    I loved this book! The parallel between the main story and the story within the main story made the book even that much more enjoyable. I have read all of Yona's books and this is by far my favorite . The characters were very real and like able . I would definitely recommend this book!
  • Susan Walker
    Enjoyable romance that also has some mystery and family secrets. The story kept me anxious to see what happened on the next page. I also happened to love the setting of the story.
  • Lucy Jackson
    A riveting read that skillfully blends past and present with surprising effect. I'm always excited to read new fiction by McDonough!
  • Colette Dever
    While not a terrible book, ultimately it was a disappointing read. The plot was predictable and I felt that the characters were too one-dimensional.
  • Vivian Payton
    This is my second book that I've read by Yona Zeldis McDonough. For those who like a bit of romance, family issues/dysfunction, mystery, as well as historical fiction, this book is for you. I found it to be a page turner, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Historical novelist Susannah Gilmore's life unexpectedly turns upside down when her husband, Charlie, is tragically killed. She decides to move her family from Brooklyn to her late parents' home on P...
  • Patricia Bergman
    I was fortunate to win this book from Goodreads. It is thoroughly enjoyable story of, Susannah, a newly widowed mother of two who decides to sell her home and return to her deceased parents' vacation home on Primrose Pond. The change is not especially acceptable to Calista, her daughter, who rebels by moving in with the elderly widow of the town's former pediatrician. She objects to her mother's new romantic interest. Susannah, by profession, is ...
  • Susan
    The after-a-life-crisis-woman-returns-to-childhood-home-and-discovers-secrets-about-her-past premise is a common one in popular fiction and yet I never tire of this kind of story! Of course, some of these novels are better than others; this one falls in the latter category. The heroine of THE HOUSE ON PRIMROSE POND drove me crazy. She's sympathetic, but she's also a selfish, annoying pushover. Not very likable at all. Also, her parenting decision...
  • Donna
    I have found a new favorite author. Reading this story was actually reading two in one. The author develops a character who finds herself widowed with two children, one of which blames her mother for the father's death. The mother is a historical fiction writer and as they move to a small New Hampshire town, she begins to write the story of a legendary woman from that area, Ruth Blay. I googled Ruth Blay and read her actual story. Loved the way o...
  • Beth
    The main character is a writer which sounded interesting-but the stuff that she write is so completely boring and such a different genre from the actual book that I wanted to quit reading it several times. The characters seemed so stiff, and not really. The only real character was Polly her best friend, who told her off a bit.
  • Margaret Cross-Beliveau
    I received this book from a goodreads giveaway. A young widow, Susannah, moves with her two older children from Brooklyn to a family home in a small New Hampshire town. This story is about Susannah moving on with her life and learning to start over.
  • Holly
    Not a bad story, though it felt like the characters were all on the surface, removed from the messiness of all the drama that was unfolding around them. The New Hampshire story within a story was interesting. It was a quick read.
  • Nicole Fredericks
    Just ok of the book seemed very unbelievable and I just didn’t love any of the characters.
  • Lisa
    Too long, way too much description and inclusion of details that did nothing for the story and I just couldn’t get into any of the characters.
  • Jeanine
    I think I would actually rate this book as a 3.5. I did enjoy it, but it seemed to be lacking in some way, though I can't quite put my finger on it. The story starts in New York, but circumstances change suddenly, so the family moves to New Hampshire, into the house that used to belong to Susannah's parents. This is quite a change in lifestyle for both Susannah & her family, & all have to adapt to their new lives. Her son, Jack, has an easier tim...
  • Marti
    The House on Primrose Lane by Yona Zeldis McDonough has a story within the story and secrets. Susannah Gilmore life has changed dramatically. Her husband was killed and suddenly she is alone with her two children needing to find her way forward. She is a novelist of historical fiction. Luckily her parents owned a house in New Hampshire and with that Susannah moved her children lock stock and barrel into the a whole new life. Nothing is really as ...
  • Emily
    I received a free copy of this book through the GoodReads First Reads giveaways.The House on Primrose Pond by Yona Zeldis McDonough was a good read that I would recommend to all of my friends. The reader gets an inside view of Susannah's thoughts/feelings as she tries to keep her life in balance after the death of her husband. Susannah moves back to her family's summer home in New Hampshire with her two children and attempts to begin a new life t...