The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase

The Wildling Sisters

Eve Chase

The Wildling Sisters is a gorgeous and breathtaking journey into the bonds that unite a family and the darkest secrets of the human heart.

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"An enthralling story of secrets, sisters, and an unsolved mystery." —Kate Morton

An evocative novel in the vein of Kate Morton and Daphne Du Maurier, in which the thrill of first love clashes with the bonds of sisterhood, and all will be tested by the dark secret at the heart of Applecote Manor.

Four sisters. One summer. A lifetime of secrets.
When fifteen-year-old Margot and her three sisters arrive at Applecote Manor in June 1959, they expect a quiet English country summer. Instead, they find their aunt and uncle still reeling from the disappearance of their daughter, Audrey, five years before. As the sisters become divided by new tensions when two handsome neighbors drop by, Margot finds herself drawn into the life Audrey left behind. When the summer takes a deadly turn, the girls must unite behind an unthinkable choice or find themselves torn apart forever.

Fifty years later, Jesse is desperate to move her family out of their London home, where signs of her widower husband’s previous wife are around every corner. Gorgeous Applecote Manor, nestled in the English countryside, seems the perfect solution. But Jesse finds herself increasingly isolated in their new sprawling home, at odds with her fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, and haunted by the strange rumors that surround the manor.

Rich with the heat and angst of love both young and old, The Wildling Sisters is a gorgeous and breathtaking journey into the bonds that unite a family and the darkest secrets of the human heart.

Advance Galley Reviews

A good book with excellent plot line and beautiful characters.

A book that overlaps stories can go one of two can be really well done, or it can turn out horribly, leaving the reader confused as to where they are each chapter. Eve Chase did an amazing job at keeping clear the separation that fifty years at Applecote Manor divides the two families stories, while allowing them to intertwine in their own way as well. The story line kept my interest, and I certainly would not have guessed until each "mystery" came to light, that things added up the way that they did. I found myself, towards the end of the book, looking back to find the clues I'd missed, the things that seemed insignificant earlier on but were fitting once the book concluded. The intertwining of both the Wildling sisters' lives and the lives of Jessie, Bella, and Romy as they grow as a family in Applecote Manor, it's secrets almost destroying them before bringing them closer together than ever before. A trigger warning...there is one scene towards the end of the book that contains a forced sexual encounter (it does not get to the point of rape, but if one is particularly prone to triggers, they should be warned of this).

The Wildling Sisters by Eve Chase has the fixings for an enjoyable summer beach read. The book startes with drama, slows to set the framework, and then picks up speed again. The story of the present is a stereotypical one of a hurt teen and an adult trying to forge a relationship. The story of the past and of the Wildling sisters themselves takes a much more unexpected path, making this the more intriguing of the two time periods. Read my complete review at Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program.

4 stars The Wildling Sisters is an atmospheric tale about the bonds of sisterhood and family set against the backdrop of a mysterious house with a dark secret. Told via dual narratives, the story’s timeline alternates between the summer months of 1959 and the “present” setting a little over 50 years later. Both narratives are linked together by what I feel is truly the main character in the entire story: the looming Applecote Manor in the English countryside town of the Cotswolds. In 1959, the teenage Wilde sisters Flora, Pam, Margot, and Dot are shipped off to Applecote Manor to spend the summer with their Aunt Sybil and Uncle Perry while their mother sought out a job opportunity in Morocco. Sybil and Perry lost their only daughter Audrey 5 years ago when the teenager disappeared one day without a trace – devastated, the couple cut off ties with the outside world and shutter themselves inside their house, clinging constantly to the hope that Audrey will some day return. In the present day narrative, Jessie and her husband Will want to move with their daughters -- teenager Bella and little two-year old Romy -- out of their home in London to a more idyllic, quieter place in the countryside in the hopes that it will give Bella – who is still trying to come to terms with the death of her mother several years ago -- a chance at a fresh start. Without knowing much about its history, Jessie and Will decide to move into Applecote Manor, the beautiful, sprawling country house recently put up for sale by the Wilde family. Soon, the past collides with the present when Jessie and her stepdaughter Bella start to dig into the house’s secrets and learn the story of the previous owners’ past, including that fateful summer of 1959. I’ve been reading a lot of dual timeline books recently but this one definitely felt different. Despite the gap in timespan, the two narratives had a “continuity” about them that didn’t make me feel like I was being taken out of one time period and placed in another. Yes, part of this has to do with the common setting of Applecote Manor as well as some of the characters from the past narrative still having some involvement in the present narrative, but I think a large part was also due to the writing, which had an atmospheric, elegant feel to it that was consistent in both narratives. The author Eve Chase captured the essence of time and place well, especially with the narrative of the Wilde sisters and their coming of age during those summer months alongside the mystery of Audrey’s disappearance. Chase did a great job giving us vivid descriptions of the house and its surrounding area so as to make us as readers feel as though we were right there at Applecote Manor – in the past narrative, right alongside the Wilde sisters trying to fill up the long, idle days of summer with anything exciting and in the present narrative, right alongside Jessie and Bella as they try to mend their rocky relationship while also trying to make sense of their surroundings. What I appreciated most was that Chase was able to do all this without sacrificing characterization, as each of the characters in both narratives came alive for me and I found all of them quite endearing, despite their flaws. I also loved the way the author tackled the theme of sisterhood and family, showing the ups and downs of those relationships in a realistic way. One thing to note is that this is more of a character-driven story (I’m including Applecote Manor as one of the “characters”) than a plot-driven one, so the pace is a bit slow, which is a little ironic given that the story starts off with an absolutely attention-grabbing scene involving the Wilde sisters and something that happened at the end of their summer at the manor. After that initial scene, the rest of the story is a slow buildup to that day, as events unfold one by one in both past and present, until we eventually find out what truly happened. I actually felt this was a clever way to tell the story, but the “slow burn” aspect might be an issue for those who prefer a more action-filled plot. Also, I’ve seen this book categorized as “gothic”, which I guess is true to some extent given the mysterious undertones and the haunting, gloomy feel to the setting, but this one wasn’t dark or dreary like some of the classic gothic tales we may be used to reading -- this one had more of a lightness to it, which I appreciated. A lovely read that I definitely recommend! Received ARC from G.P. Putnam and Sons via Penguin First-to-read program

Eve Chase is a new author for me. I thought the writing didn’t flow very well at the beginning of the story but there was enough intrigue to keep me reading. Overall, I liked the author’s writing style. This is a complicated story with many characters, several threads, and two timelines to keep up with. The first timeline is the 1950’s and the second timeline is current. The author weaved the two timelines throughout the story very well. The story begins with three of the sisters, Dot, Flora and Pam Wilding dragging a male body outside to a meadow beyond the garden gate at Applecote Manor. They want to get him as close to their beloved circle of prehistoric stones as possible. They have splatters of blood all over themselves. Younger sister, Margot, is too young to be involved and is asleep in bed. Over fifty years later Jesse is desperate to move her family out of their London house. Even after living in the house for two years, reminders of her husband’s deceased wife and her stepdaughter’s Mother are everywhere. Her stepdaughter, Bella, wants nothing to do with Jesse. Jesse and her husband have a daughter, Romy, who is a toddler and Jesse feels the need to be close when the two girls are together. Jessie never knows what Bella might do to her stepsister. Beautiful Applecote Manor is “for sale” and Jesse thinks it might be the perfect solution for their family. Once the purchase is made and the family has moved to the English countryside, a crisis with the company her husband owns forces him to spend most of his time in London. This leaves Jesse, Romy, and Bella to manage by themselves. To describe this as stressful for Jesse and Bella is an understatement. The Wilding sisters have been raised primarily by their Mother. Their father is deceased. Mom is a “very free spirit” and some of her norms might not be what other Mom’s would consider appropriate at times. Out of the blue one day, she tells the girls she is running out of money and is going to Morocco to work. The girls will be staying with their Aunt Sybil and Uncle Perry. When fifteen-year-old Margot and her three sisters arrive at Applecote Manor in June 1959, they expect a quiet, enjoyable summer. Instead they find their Aunt Sybil and Uncle Perry still in deep mourning over the disappearance of their only child, Audrey, five years before. Margot and Audrey had been close friends when the girls had been at Applecote Manor before. Margot wishes Audrey was still there. As the days progress Sybil begins to blur the lines between Margot and Audrey. At first Audrey enjoys the attention but then it seems a little creepy to her. Audrey’s bedroom is still like it was before she disappeared. The four sisters have always been close but they seem to be going separate ways this summer. Two of the girls are teens now and are enjoying the attention from a couple of neighbor boys. When they are confronted with information they wish they didn’t know, the girls must unite behind a horrible secret to keep them from being torn apart forever. I highly recommend this book. Note: I received this book in galley form from First Reads and it was free.

How far would you go to protect your families deepest, darkest secret? How do you cope with loss? A story of 4 sisters and their experience of living with their aunt and uncle at Applecote manor (who previously lost their child) along with a story of a step-mother/daughter relationship that blossoms (very, very slowly) after uprooting their life from busy London into country side Applecote manor. It was wonderful to read how each woman - in different stages of life - cope with loss, heartache and what it really means to be a family.

Really enjoyed the book. Beautifully written. I wanted to devour the words. Margot has 3 sisters and they are one unit until they are sent yo live in the country with their aunt and uncle. The aunt and uncle lost their only daughter 5 years before. They are lost just as the girls are lost in the country. All six grow, but mostly Margot and her aunt. Fifty years later, Jesse is the mom to a little girl and stepmom to Bella. Bella is lost, a mother lost to death and a stepmom. All I will say is that the women grow, all the women and we find Audrey

I loved this book. I thought the author did a wonderful job of weaving 2 intriguing stories together and I couldn't wait to find out what happened to both storylines. I was very satisfied with the ending and I also loved the way the stories centered around the house. I really enjoyed reading this book. Well done!

I loved the shades of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca in this novel. It is a beautifully story across the lives of four sisters. I loved that this story moves back and forth in time as the mystery of Audrey's disappearance in the 1950s continues to have repercussions fifty years later. A really great and haunting read that I would highly recommend.

Applecote Manor houses many secrets and ugly misfortune, and is the scene of this gothic-style tale. In 1959, four sisters are sent to stay with their aunt and uncle whose sixteen year old daughter disappeared off the estate several years before. Margot shows the most resemblance to the missing Audrey and is pulled into the mystery of her disappearance. Alternately, the story follows present day Jessie as she deals with her new stepdaughter, Bella, and the ghost of her husband's deceased first wife. When sixteen year old Bella learns about the history of the house, she becomes obsessed with Audrey and the dark drama of the estate. This is a beautifully written novel with interesting characters and just enough mystery to move the plot along. There is a sense of foreboding but also the sweetness of the languid summer days of youth. I really enjoyed the atmospheric experience this book provides and will definitely explore further books by this author. I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was not the suspenseful mystery I was expecting. Instead it was two wonderful stories: one of sisterhood and another of a struggling family. The missing cousin seemed secondary to the story. Unlike most books with two distinct story lines, I was equally intrigued by both stories, past and present and was glad to see each story line help fill in the missing pieces from the other. The characters were engaging and well written. This book would make a great beach or rainy day read where you can just enjoy the journey.

The story starts out with a bang... but then slows down quite a bit. I had a difficult time getting into the story until about the halfway point when it started to pick up again. The Wildling Sisters is a very intriguing story that tells an engaging tale from past to present about a family full of dark secrets, lies, and an unsolved murder. This was a tense, suspenseful mystery that questions family, friendship, and sisterhood. This is my first book by Eve Chase and I look forward to reading more of her books.

I thought The Wildling Sisters was an intriguing story. Each character seemed to have their own mystery. The pace of the book changed throughout and towards the middle I struggled getting through some of it. I held in until the end, where Eve Chase delivered a strong ending. I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others.

I loved the slow burn of this book. It took a little while to hook me, but once it did I couldn't put it down. Everyone seemed to have a secret, many of which weren't fully revealed until the end. I haven't read the authors other works, but now I just might have to!

This book had a Rebecca-esque mystery. You van tell there is something more under the surface. Every character has a secret. It is those secrets that keep the story going and it is the unraveling of those secrets that ties up the ending. The book was a bit of a slow burn but totally worth the build up.

This novel started off great, then it got slow, and then it came around to being great again. The ebb and flow of this book was at times puzzling. I liked the way the author told Jessie and Bella's story during the winter while in contrast the four sisters' story was told during the summer. I enjoyed the way the past entertwined with the present. Kudos to Ms. Chase for keeping the reader entertained.

Unfortunately when I tried to download this galley it kept giving me errors.I tried contacting the website and never got any answers. Guess I'll have to wait to read this when it comes out. :-(

I would say that this book was just okay for me. I decided to read this book because the premise sounded really interesting. The story opened with a bang and I was pretty sure that I had made a great decision in picking up this book. After just a few pages, things slowed down. All the way down. I found myself setting the book aside to clean and I hate cleaning. About a third of the way into the book, I seriously considered adding it to my dnf pile and moving on to something else. I decided to read just a bit more before quiting and it did pick up. The second half of the book was much more interesting to me and I am glad that I hung in there a bit longer. This is a book that is told in two different periods of time. One story is set in 1959 and features Margot and her three sisters. The other story is set in the present time and features Jesse and her family. The connecting link is Applecote Manor. I knew that eventually the two stories would come together but it took a very long time for that to happen. I found the story that was set in 1959 to be much more interesting than the present day at least for the first half of the book. I did really enjoy this book a lot more once the two timelines started to come together. Both timelines became much more interesting and I wanted to learn what happened to Audrey all of those years ago. I felt for her parents and thought that the way it impacted their lives was illustrated very well. Margot was an interesting character but I never got to really know her sisters very well. Jesse's story really focuses on the relationship between Jesse and her step-daughter Bella. I wanted to see them work things out and come to trust each other more as the story progressed. I think that I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if it had been told in with just one timeline. As soon as things would get interesting, the time would shift and it slowed everything down for me. I am glad that I read the book but it isn't a favorite. I would like to read more from Eve Chase in the future. I received an advance reader edition of this book from G.P. Putnam's Sons via First to Read.

A typical English novel. Two stories and characters interwoven, one in 1959 and one present day. It is well done and has a little of this and a dash of that. Romance, mystery, the ups and downs of a second marriage and the stepdaughter that is not quite sure how to relate to her stepmom, yet not betray her deceased Mom. Four sisters in 1959, each discovering their identity and relationships. I highly recommend this if you like the English women's writers. Secrets abound and connect the characters keeping you entertained and wondering!

“It’s not the dead who suffer. It’s the living, you see.” The Wilding Sisters is an exceptional book that spans the lives of two families separated by decades. In the 1950’s, we are introduced to the Wilding sisters. A group of four girls, raised by a bohemian mother in London. The highlight of their summers used to be visiting their cousin in the country and losing themselves in the magic of Applecote Manor. But tragedy strikes, and those summers come to an end. Until several years later, when their mother decides to send them back for one final summer. Over 50 years later, Jessie, a young mother and struggling step-mother, sees the magic in Applecote Manor. She sees the crumbing estate as the chance to escape London, where her husbands deceased ex-wife holds them all hostage, especially her teenage daughter, Bella. In Applecote, she sees the chance to heal, to escape, to rebuild. We flip back and forth in time. Margot tells us her story from the past, and Jessie from the present, but the mystery and tragedy around Audrey refuses to disappear, intertwining and impacting both womens lives. Margot wants desperately to know what happened, thinking that the answer will somehow save them all, especially her Aunt Sybil and Uncle Perry. “For the first time since she went missing, I realize I desperately need to know the truth.” Jessie wants the mystery and rumor of Audrey to simply go away. She is terrified that the truth will taint Applecote, thereby making the idea of uniting her family impossible. Bella clings to this mystery, obsessing over every small artifact she finds in the yard or buried within the house. Even worse, she has turned her room into a living shrine to her mother, Mandy, shocking Jessie with the totality of it. Mandy on every space on the wall. Mandy’s clothes. Mandy everywhere. Between clinging to her mother’s memory and her determination to uncover the mystery of Applecote, Bella is farther away from accepting Jessie than ever before. “Bella’s face simply empties, and she runs upstairs, slams her bedroom door in the way only Bella can slam it, like an act of war.” This book is quite a powerful discussion on the relationships women have with each other. Sister. Mothers. Daughters. They are all complicated and complex. At the beginning of the summer, Margot, Flora, Pam and Dot, are a tightly knit unit. They are united against the world. But the more time they spend at Applecote starts to introduce small divisions. Secrets and unspoken changes. When two young men stroll through the meadow, the divisions become more pronounced as each sister, except Dot, see each other as competition for the first time. The summer continues, driving the sisters further apart until a shocking turn of events forces them to decide: will they go their separate ways, or unite together again? For Jessie and Bella, their timeline isn’t over the course of a summer, but rather a winter. The symbolism of the corresponding seasons is striking and appropriate, and I felt really highlighted the differing tensions between the relationships. Hot and passionate, versus cold and indifferent. “She had no idea that trying to love Bella, let alone parent her as she grew into an angry teen, would be like trying to hug an animal that wanted to sink its teeth into her neck.” The tension between Jessie and Bella is different. Bella does not want Jessie or her step-sister around. She would rather have her mother back, but in absence of that, would much prefer to simply have it be just her and her father. She is resentful and cold. But some of her behavior with her peers in London and then to her younger sister Remy are concerning to Jessie. Distrust blooms, which puts significant strain on Jessie’s marriage. “There’s something in Bella’s gaze that is just not sisterly sometimes, not even particularly human.” Even though there is an element of mystery, in regards to the mystery of Audrey woven between the two narratives, this really isn’t a mystery. There are parallels set up for comparison, or maybe even to simply observe, the complexity of love. Margot and her sisters have a mother, but she is flighty and irresponsible. She is not someone seen as deserving of four daughters. In contrast, Sybil, a woman where motherhood is more natural, lost her only daughter Audrey to mysterious circumstances. Jessie is Remy’s mother, but Bella’s mother died, unexpectedly and tragically. There is no mystery to the loss, but it doesn’t make it any easier to bear. Unlike Sybil though, who tries to find Audrey in Margot, Bella doesn’t want a replacement in Jessie. She wants less while Sybil, and even to some extent Margot, wants more. There is also the contrast between the sisterly relationships. Margot and her sisters are an intimate tribe when they first arrive at Applecote. A unified front against the world. An oasis that they know they can always rely on. At least they were. But Harry and Tom bring out a competition never before known, and words from their mother suddenly begin to make more sense. “Brothers always want to murder each other, Ma would shrug, It’s sisters you need to look out for. They’re the ones who can break your heart.” It’s interesting that men are the divider in both relationships. Between the sisters, because they all want the attention that only two will win. With Bella and Jessie, they both are vying for Will’s attention. Even though Jessie still wants to mother Bella, Bella’s rejection sets the stage for them to compete. Men, both knowingly and unknowingly, are the catalyst for division. Tragedy and shocking events also shake Jessie’s world, but it is Bella who has to decide whether she will accept Jessie or not. This acceptance is pivotal in determining the future of this small family. Secrets and betrayals and heartbreak unfold slowly as we come to the end. And even though the timelines are decades apart, the resolution fits them all succinctly together. Questions are answered, and while some leave you reeling, they are all satisfying. I really enjoyed reading this book. The pacing was perfect. Each chapter ended with just enough momentum that you felt the mystery building. Each story was framed to be solid on it’s own, but left enough clues that you knew they tied together, but you weren’t quite sure how. It was suspenseful without being terrifying. The writing is breathtaking. Some sentences and passages are so beautiful they hurt. “The dusk sky is aflame, volcanic and otherworldly, like something might actually be about to happen.” There is magic in her descriptions. Chase captures the struggle to be a sister, a mother, a wife, in all it’s difficulty with the same lyrical precision. There is heartbreak in love. And in letting go. Finally, I think the examination of death is one of the most captivating pieces of this novel. Not actually knowing makes Sybil and Margot hold on to Audrey. What begins as hope turns unhealthy and obsessive. A refusal to mourn and grieve. Yet Bella is dealing with the opposite. Knowing her mother is dead and refusing to move on anyway. Life and death. Love and loss. These are complex issues that we all can relate to and identify with. I loved the story and how these issues were framed and explored. And I absolutely loved the writing. It was gorgeous. Very well done. Thank you so much to the First to Read program through Penguin Random House, and to Putnam books for allowing me to read this beautiful novel.

This book has so much going for it--a mystery surrounding the disappearance of a young girl in the past, a present-day marriage haunted by the memory of a deceased wife and mother, an old house in the country, and characters with secrets. The narrative shifted smoothly from past to present and I engaged with all the characters.

I fell in love with this book from the very first page. Eve Chase created such wonderful characters and a beautiful story. The Wilde sisters were such strong characters on their own as well as being such an amazingly great group when they banded together. The story of Jesse and her family leaves you crying tears of sorrow and joy as you follow along the story of their small, young family and their adventures at Applecote Manor. Both of these stories and the way they are tied together created the perfect blend of family, love, overcoming obstacles, and mystery. I have already recommend this book to a few friends and will more than likely be buying myself a copy to read it all over again. My one major issue with this book was that there simply wasn't enough of it. The book could have been so much more if the stories had been expanded and more intrigue bought into the story. I feel like the characters and their lives deserved a little more than what they were given in this book. The book was no doubt amazing but I expect a lot more from my books.

I thought Eve Chase did a pretty good job of interweaving Jessie, Bella, Will, and Rory's story with that of the Wilde sisters, and I thought both stories could have stood on their own as separate works. Given that they were combined I feel like maybe a little more time could have been spent on the intricate web that is the Wilde sisterhood. The author notes that this is the summer that pulls them apart, but to me, the sisters seem as though they have been growing apart for awhile, and that it is one particularly important event that once again draws them together. All in all, a good book.

I really wanted to get into this book, but I just couldn't. The premise sounded interesting and the reviews were positive, so I had high hopes. I got 100 pages in, and so far the most interesting part was the first two pages. Everything else was really slow. I have so many other books to read right now, it wasn't worth my time to give this book another 100 pages, especially if the next 100 were reflective of the first.

In 1959, four sisters come to stay with their Aunt and Uncle for the summer as their Mother leaves to travel abroad. Their Aunt and Uncle are rather broken after their daughter went missing several years previous and the house is seemingly sad and empty. As the sisters pass the time, secrets begin to unravel. Flash forward to present day when a new family moves into the house. The story weaves back and forth between present and past in a fast paced page turner. This book is a definite must read! Thank you to Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read this wonderful book early.

Thank you to Penguin First to Read for the opportunity to read this book in advance. I wasn't wow-ed by this book, that is, I wasn't overwhelmed, but I wasn't underwhelmed, and so I think a fair rating from me is a solid 3.5 stars. The premise of this story is very interesting, though not wildly original. The past intersects and collides with the present on a spooky, old English estate in the countryside, in a way that isn't cookie-cutter like The Lost Letter where every peg fits perfectly into its hole, which I appreciated. I almost wish there hadn't been a 'present' version of the story, and we just followed Margot Wilde from 1959 to current day. Jessie's version of events wasn't nearly as page-turning to me as Margot and her sisters', but I can understand how the two stories were necessary to combine into one. It's just that Margot held more 'oomph' shall we say, as a character. She held more depth and feeling for me. The author did a fabulous job of creating an atmosphere that felt like something morbid was going to happen was inevitable. Very creepy, almost like a graveyard aura, yet somewhere I, as a reader, wanted to venture into. What I was even more impressed with is the way Ms. Chase understands and depicts human emotion. She describes feelings in a way that made me go, 'how did she do that? How did she understand exactly how I feel? How did she put this emotion I thought was indescribable into beautifully written words?' I was consistently awed throughout at her ability to verbalize and legitimize feelings that I would never think to do on my own. I definitely wouldn't be opposed to reading Ms. Chase's other works, as again, I wasn't unimpressed, I just wasn't blown out of the water by her novel.

Jessie hopes that a move to the country will help her relationship with her teenage step daughter, Bella. Jessie is also trying to escape from being surrounded by memories of her husband’s deceased wife, Mandy, and wants a fresh start. But their new home is not the haven that Jessie had hoped for. Bella is caught up in the disappearance of a young girl, Audrey, some 50 years ago. The book fluctuates between telling the present-day story of Jessie and the story of the missing Audrey 50 years ago. Five years after Audrey’s disappearance, Margot and her three sisters are sent off by their mother to stay with Audrey’s parents, their Aunt Sybil and Uncle Perry. Sybil and Perry have been housebound since their daughter’s disappearance and pretty much shunned by their neighbors since Perry had been a suspect in his daughter’s disappearance. Margot is pulled into the strange world Audrey has left behind and the sisters are drawn apart by the attentions of two young men. When disaster strikes, hard decisions need to be made. This is the second book by this author and I’ve had the pleasure of reading them both. I very much enjoy the characters and atmosphere that she creates in her books. While in many ways, it’s a typical tale of an old English house with past secrets, the author has quite a knack for bringing her characters to life and has wonderful insight into the human heart. Spellbinding and recommended.

I really wanted to read this book but it will not allow me to download. I have tried to download it using Digital Editions and Overdrive and was unsuccessful both times.

This book illustrates the timelessness of family bonds and the ties between sisters and between mother and child and the paralyzing grief over the death of a loved one. The Wildling Sisters follows 2 families dealing with the pain of loss, spaced fifty years apart and occurring in the same English farmhouse. I was kept guessing when young Audrey went missing in the mid 1950's from Applecote Manor. Fifty years later, her fate remained undiscovered 50 years later when a young wife and mother moved her small family to rhis same estate in an effort to escape the many reminders of her widower husband's deceased wife and mother of her 15 year old step-daughter. As the stories beautifully unfolded, I loved how the author examined the many types of grief (that of the loss of a child, spouse, or mother) and how the various characters dealt with the hand given them by fate.

I was extremely drawn to this book. I liked that it went back and forth in time to showcase the stories of the Wilde girls and the present story of Jesse and Bella. The book kept me guessing until the very last moment. I did not expect the turn of events towards the end. It was satisfying that the relationship between Jesse and Bella was healed by figuring out the truth about the past. I will be looking into more work by this author.

This is a wonderful book about family and is also written on an alternating time line. The Wilde sisters are the main characters. I loved the suspense that carried through to the very end. I also enjoyed the sense of family throughout as well. This is a great read for those who like Kate Morten. This is one of the best books I have ever read.

The first thing that comes to mind as I begin writing this opinion of "The Wildling Sisters" is "great writing." The tension and suspense created by the author makes me wish I could read faster; however, it does not cause me to read faster because I don't want to miss a word. I loved the character development. I prefer character driven stories and have great appreciation for good writing. The more I read, the more I look to the writing. I was drawn to choosing this book because the author was compared to Kaye Morton and Daphne du Maurier. I love both these authors and Eve Chase did not disappoint. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book and to subscribe to First to Read. Ellie Stock ??

The Wildling Sisters is a beautiful and captivating story. From the first page, I couldn't put it down. Written in two perspectives at two separate times in history interweaves and pushes the story along seamlessly. At it's core, it's a story about relationships and what binds us to each other. It is a must read!

This author has a haunting Gothic style that I adore and her sophomore novel wowed me as much as her debut novel.

The ties that bind, that's what sums up this story. It's the story of two different families that end up being connected in an unimaginable way. It delves into the human mind, heart, and family connection. This is a powerful story. I really enjoyed this book. It shows the bond between sisters. It has love, loss, friendship, tragedy, death, and rebuilding. This story had me hooked right from the start. I couldn't wait to find out what happened to Audrey. I was intrigued by both of these families. This story has secrets, lies, and the journey of life. I would recommend this book to everyone.

As the narrative moves from Jessie's story in the present to the past through Margot's eyes, Applecote, the Wildling estate with its orchard, pool, garden, and stone grotto, connects the two families. The Wilde girls, Margot, age 15, and her three sisters arrive at Applecote Manor to stay with their aunt and uncle for the summer. Aunt Sybil and Uncle Perry are still grieving over the mysterious disappearance of their twelve year old daughter, Audrey, five years before. Fifty years later, Jessie, with her new husband, their toddler, and teenage step-daughter, Bella, escape their problems in London to live at their newly bought country manor, Applecote. Jessie discovers this ghostly mansion needs major repairs and seems to be haunted. Bella becomes obsessed with discovering what happened to the vanished Audrey fifty years in the past. The author's vivid, descriptive details effectively merge the mystery of the past the the suspense of the future.

This is my first book I read on Eve Chase and I will say that this book from beginning to end had me on edge with so many mystery between family and more importantly sisterhood. I usually don't read books of alternative timelines but it really had me turning the next page to find out what's going to happen next. So if your not a fan of family with dark secrets and suspense, I say give this book a opportunity because it will blow your mind!! Like they always say never judge a book by its cover, because once you open the book you will see that each character brings a major element and effect to the novel.

EvIe Chase did an excellent job weaving together the parallel narratives of one summer in the 1950s and modern day. This was a beautiful mystery that explored family, friendship, and sisterhood. Would reccomend to fans of mysteries, and lovers of sister stories.

Two separate stories, joined by an unexpected link, create a suspenseful backdrop for The Wildling Sisters. At first the alternating perspectives caught me off guard; however, it came to be a comfort --- knowing that I'd hear more about Jessie in the next chapter, or finding out what Margot did next in a few pages. Eve Chase masterfully spun together mystery and wonder in the beautifully written text. It was so easy to imagine the iconic English countryside, the humid summer air, and the scent of freshly cut flowers. The characters seemed authentic, down to the angsty teenager's crazy mood swings. Though the main story was revealed in major sections throughout the book, I liked how Chase dropped tiny morsels about sideline characters and events. This is one I'd definitely read again.

I love alternating timelines and the way Eve Chase weaves the stories of the four sisters in 1959 with Jessie and her family in present day kept me pulled along until the very last page. Chase does a brilliant job of writing the inner turmoil that Margot feels as she and her sisters become women and grapple with the guilt of growing up while her cousin Audrey is stuck in time on the day she disappeared. In present day Jessie struggles with the ghost of a totally different woman. The late wife of her husband seems to be fighting with her for the attention of her step daughter and she fears her husband. The inner difficulties that Jessie has about uprooting her life, trying to be a good mother to both of her daughters and the perfect wife are beautifully articulated. Between these two timelines Chase hits so many of the feelings that women go through over their maturation that at times it was like looking into a mirror. At others it was an adventure beyond anything I've experienced (thankfully) but kept my imagination on fire for how everything would turn out. Being set in the English countryside was another aspect that intrigued me and Chase did not disappoint. The lavishly described manor home kept me enthralled both while it was fully operational as well as when Jessie and her husband decide to fix it up and turn it into their new home. The home charmed me from the first pages and continued to do so even when things felt a bit malicious. I would highly recommend this book, especially to historical fiction enthusiasts or anyone in for a good mystery!

I'm a sucker for any book involving a mystery, alternating timelines, and the setting of a manor house in the English countryside. I'm not surprised to read that one of my favorite authors, Kate Morton, has endorsed this book and I recommend if you like her books, give this one a shot. The mystery of what happened to Audrey held my interest throughout the book. I thought that Jessie and Bella's difficult relationship was realistic and well-written, It's hard to say whether or not I find the strength of the book to be the mystery or the family dynamics that are explored. Either way this is a solid book that I would definitely recommend.

I liked this story even more than I thought I would. I don't normally read a lot of mystery/suspense type novels, but honestly the Kate Morton review is what really pulled me in here. I LOVE her books, so I figured anything she recommends must be good. This assumption definitely proved right. The characters in this story were so believable, and for me that was one of the real strengths here. The pacing, also, was fantastic and the mystery pulled me in and kept me reading to find out the whole story. I also tend to really love dual timeframe novels, so that really worked for me with this book as well. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I think it would be a great summer read to take to the beach. Definitely recommended!

Good story with a mystery plot and vivid characters.Highly recommended. Thanks to first read for the free copy.

The Wildling Sisters reminds me of old school V.C. Andrews novels meets Pretty Little Liars? Maybe not in the best way. Like Andrews, Chase uses beautiful words to describe ugly events. I thought I would like it, I really did. It started off with a bang, after all. Unfortunately, most of the story fell a little flat for me. The Writing So The Wildling Sisters has alternate timelines. One from the fifties, involving the four Wilde sisters. This is in first-person, present-tense, with Margot, the second youngest, as our narrator. This writing was quick and felt authentic, while still being believable for how a kid would speak in the fifties/sixties. The other was present day, yet somehow felt antiquated. The writing was slower, drawn-out. This is personal preference, but I do not need six paragraphs to describe a garden. I felt myself being removed from the story fairly often during times of over-explanation (there was NONE of this in the alternate timeline). Also personal preference, this portion is written in third-person present-tense, which I have expressed my distaste for in the past. It is just uncomfortable for me to read. The alternating is fairly hard to pull off, and I felt it missed the mark in this case. At the beginning, I enjoyed the story of the Wilde sisters far more than the more modern timeline, which made it easy for me to walk away at the end of chapters. The Characters Are very believable, which is one thing I really enjoyed about this. They definitely don't act in ways we like, but at least for most of the story, they act how people in their situation would. Which is to say that a lot of the time, they do terrible things. Just like people would, were they actually missing a daughter or cousin or former friend. The modern story had unpleasant family dynamics, which just had me further realizing that it didn't have enough to do, in my opinion, with the story we really want, the mystery involved with the Wilde family. Unfortunately, several of the characters seemed to rest on stereotypes. Even the sisters, who we love as a unit, don't all have believable arcs and personal agency. The Pacing Had some issues. It starts off, immediately, with the Wilde sisters, in the fifties, dragging a body. Super interesting. I immediately felt drawn in. Unfortunately, after two pages of this, the story slows drastically in both the modern family and the original, and it takes more than half the book to pick back up. When it does pick back up, things get weird. The Plot Is strange. There isn't a lot I can say, because spoilers, but wow. What starts off as normal progression through teenage summer and the loss of a loved one gets straight bizarre. 3/4 of the way in, the four young girls we've come to know feel and act incredibly irrationally, both within their close-knit group and out of it. My final thought Is that I would really, really love to see young women who don't act insane around boys. Jealousy of a prettier woman is also a pretty significant plot point, and I'd love to see less of this also.


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