A Place in the Country

A Place in the Country

by Elizabeth Adler
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A Place in the Country by Elizabeth Adler

Fifteen-year-old Issy and her newly single mother, Caroline Evans, are struggling to find their way alone, as well as together. At thirty-eight, with little money and all the responsibility for the two of them, Caroline is coming to terms with her new situation. When she decides to leave Singapore, home of her former well-off life (and her cheating husband), she ends up living in an English village pub, cooking dinners there to earn enough to get by, meeting unexpectedly quirky people, and making friends. But Issy still adores her father and secretly blames her mother for their change in life.

Just as Caroline's dream of converting an old barn into a restaurant finally begins to take shape, her chance at happiness is threatened and hangs in the balance as whispers of murder and vengeance find their way to her. When Issy, who is hovering in that limbo between girl and young woman, begins to make some risky choices, the stakes are raised even higher.

A Place in the Country is filled with emotions every woman will recognize as Caroline and Issy make their way in the world and do battle with those who would wish to see them lose their chances to gain their hearts' desires. Love and hate, blame and responsibility, deception and trust all collide in this novel that is Elizabeth Adler at her page-turning best.

From The New York Times bestselling author comes an emotionally powerful novel about mothers and daughters, the secrets they share, and those they keep to themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250005632
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/16/2013
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.72(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

ELIZABETH ADLER is the internationally acclaimed author of novels including The House in Amalfi, Sailing to Capri, and Please Don't Tell. She lives in Palm Springs, California.

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A Place in the Country 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Caroline Evans life has been in stasis ever since she and her daughter left their home and lives in Singapore and went back to England. She knew she couldn’t stay any longer knowing her marriage was a lie, knowing about her husband’s betrayal. The move however has many difficulties, money that she doesn’t have anymore, child-support that never seems to arrive but the most troubling is her fifteen year old daughter, Izzy’s unhappiness at leaving behind her friends, her home but most of all the father she adored. And on a rainy weekend get-a-way to the Cotswolds Izzy’s unhappiness is about to increase when Caroline spots a for sale sign on a run down barn that calls to her and she suddenly has a place in the country she didn’t even know she wanted. With the support of newfound yet staunch friends and the help of their new community Caroline and Izzy are starting to settle in when Caroline gets some disturbing news about her ex’s business dealings then fixing up a run down property becomes all of a sudden the least of her worries and her world keeps spiraling when the bad news doesn’t stop and Caroline and Izzy are thrown into a seemingly unsolvable mystery. In the midst of all this it seems the fates are having a grand time with Caroline when they decided to throw romance into the mix as well. Elizabeth Adler has taken me to the most beautiful places on earth, San Tropez, Malibu, Amalfi, and Barcelona so I was surprised to be in rainy England, in a small village in the Cotswolds. I should have known the surprise would be on me because inside the rundown spider infested barn she brought me another unforgettable tale and like many times she added a spectacular mystery twist or two, plus it didn’t stop at the shores of the Thames but she took me to Hong Kong and Singapore as well. She brings it with her remarkable eloquent narrative that’s not only easy to read but also vivid in detail so much so that I could feel the rain on the windows and the scents of the flowers and the food, oh yes it’s always about the food with her too and it’s spectacular in it’s simplicity and comfort. It’s also about her characters who I knew each intimately by the end, some of which I wish I hadn’t and some of which I want more of. And as usual it’s about love, this time the love spreads from romance to friendship and family but it’s no less intense in the telling. All in all it’s a beautiful story about faith in oneself and in those closest to us, it’s about starting over, it’s about looking forward without forgetting to look back as well and most important is that it will resonate with fans from multiple genres and leave all of them satisfied. Ms. Adler thank you for this journey and I just have to wonder what stamp my passport will show with our next one, which I can’t wait to take.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Caroline Evans has left her cheating husband and her high class life behind in Singapore and takes her 15 year old daughter with her. Starting over is not going to be easy but it better than living a lie. Caroline and Issy end up Oxfordshire, England. They happen upon an English pub where owner Maggie takes them in and has Caroline cooking up a storm in the kitchen in no time. Caroline loves to cook. Issy makes friends with Maggie's daughter but she still blames her mother for taking her away from her father and ruining her life. Their lives take a turn as Caroline decides to follow her dream and create her own Place in the Country while Issy is stuck in that time between being a girl and becoming a young woman and is making some dangerous choices. Their past also comes up close and personal when someone is murdered and an unexpected visitor comes to visit them in the country. Elizabeth Adler has given us an engaging and emotional story of a mother and her daughter and the bonds they share. Caroline is doing what she knows is right no matter how difficult. Issy just wants things to go back to normal. They meet many new people in the country that quickly become friends. Caroline needs to free herself to love again. More than one man wants to be "the man" in her life. The mystery added to this mix was surprising and exciting. Twists and turns that maneuver they story in a different direction. A direction that shows Caroline how strong she has become since she was at her ex-husband's beck and call. The descriptions of the English countryside painted a beautiful picture even when it was raining or foggy. Sounds like A Place in the Country would be a wonderful place to visit. This is my first read of this author but it won't be my last. The story gets my highest recommendation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a serious reader of fiction, and a fan of the original style of Elizabeth Adler, I cannot understand how the readers who rated this book one star!! and 2 stars!! could possibly send a review (Threadbinder'; 'Anonymous' and Babette-dYvine) so obviously destructive and with a motive! One is publicizing another writer (shouldn't be allowed) and the others are either jealous of the writer, or who have another motive! A review should be instructive, and not used by the customer reviewer to promote a negative feeling towards the writer. Please readers, sample the book and come to your own conclusions. I thought it was well-ploted, with lots of ambience and atmosphere. interesting characters entertaining characters, plot and narrative
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Babette-dYveine More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Adler is my favorite author, and I've read every one of her books since I first discovered her about 20 years ago. I was really looking forward to her lastest, but I was terribly disappointed. The plot was choppy and went off in several different directions. It just didn't "grab" me. I really hope Ms. Adler does better next time.
Threadbinder More than 1 year ago
This was a very uneven story with lots of implausible plot turns, including being embraced by total strangers and starting a restaurant on next to nothing with no business plan (read Restaurant by Joe Bastianich). The story felt like it was written by several different writers cand the tactic of using different voices didn't work, since it wasn't consistent. I liked her previous novels and their settings; EA is good at good scene description and doesn't write formula mysteries so I don't know what happened with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After waiting for this new book from Elizabeth Adler, I'm so disappointed. I can't believe I finished it. I kept thinking it would get better. The plot was all over the place and really didn't make sense. I've read, re-read and loved everything she has written but this was just plain BAD.