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

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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