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The Winter Children-Lulu Taylor

Olivia and Dan Felbeck are blissfully happy when their longed-for twins arrive after years of IVF. At the same time, they make the move to Renniston Hall, a huge, Elizabethan house that belongs to absent friends. Living rent-free in a small part of the unmodernised house, once a boarding school, they can begin to enjoy the family life they've always wanted. But there is a secret at the heart of their family, one that Olivia does not yet know. And the house, too, holds its darkness deep within it . . .

I never judge a book by it's cover but rather the first page and from the moment I settled into reading Lulu Taylor's The Winter Children I was transported into a world of deceit, forbidden love and suspense. An easy read, with words that flow so effortless off the page that for an hour or two I completely forgot where I was and instead became entwined with the lives of Olivia, Dan and Francesca.

From the beginning we find out one of the deepest secrets, something I have never experienced in a novel before, so throughout reading the novel I felt like a nosy neighbour who already knows too much but yet still wants to find out more.  The past of 1950 Renniston hall is merged into the now of Olivia and Dan's story and with each page I turned I would wonder which world I was looking into. We are introduced to new characters whose lives are plagued with the same dark romance as the present counterparts . I didn't find it jarring the switch in tenses or that it interrupted the pace although it could have easily been a stand alone novel.If anything I couldn't wait to revisit the boarding school and discover its history and the fate of its pupils.

Lulu Taylor writes her characters with a realistic notion it would be easy to find an Olivia in your local Costa, Francesca strolling through Harrods and Dan who I liked the least showing off about nothing worth talking about to a bored recipient. When I'd closed the book I felt myself really thinking about each one of the characters past and present, trying to understand their plights and wondering what I would have done in each situation. I felt the deepest sympathetic connection to Francesca, a woman who has a life of  handsome outfits and champagne balls but who chooses instead to  latch on to the the Felbeck's new family....

You will have to let me know if you agree and what you think of The Winter Children, a thrilling, suspense filled, twisted romantical novel that I definitely recommend. It is best accompanied by a cosy blanket and a mug of something warm...hot chocolate was my pick.

The Winter Children by Lulu Taylor

Thank you to Mumsnet  and Pan Macmillan for providing me with a copy of  the novel in return for an honest review.


  1. This sounds so good yet a but creepy haha:)

    Georgia x|GeorgiaNicolaou Blog

    1. Oooh it is so good. Let me know if you read it 😊xx

  2. This sounds like a great book! I think I would enjoy it. I am always looking for something new to read so will be looking out for this :) xx

  3. OOh I love the sound of Winter Children. Agreed, hot choc is the beverage of choice and is best accompanied by a lovely bath and bubbles.

  4. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing. I do like suspense novels.

  5. Reading the words "transported in to a world of deceit, forbidden love and suspense" makes this sound like my kind of novel. I'm a sucker for romance but i always love the unexpected and an element of surprise and it sounds like The Winter Children gives you just that! Will definitely have to pick a copy of this up! Thanks so much for sharing xxx

  6. Oooo this sounds really great! I love a book that totally engrosses you in the story. It's a huge plus that it's so well written as well. Sounds like a great holiday read. x

  7. This sounds like a fab read. I love most book genres but this is typical type of book I read the most.

  8. I am in suspense now as I want to read this book and understand the background for each character. Thanks for sharing this awesome review.

  9. Love reading book reviews and recommendations! Sounds like a good thriller x


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