I received this book free through First to Read. I kind of chose this one on a whim, based primarily on the fact that a recommendation from Kate Morton was included in the blurb.
The Wildling Sisters
G.P. Putnam’s Sons
“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.
I ended up really enjoying this book, more than I originally thought I would. Mystery/suspense books are not my usual go-to genre, but I love dual time period novels, and that plus the Kate Morton praise was enough to get me to try this one. And I’m really glad I did.
The Wildling Sisters essentially follows two storylines: that of the Wilde sisters in 1959, and the present-day story of Jessie and her new family. I think the author did I great job of integrating the two storylines, and both were really intriguing. I always worry with dual time novels that one story will be more interesting than the other, and I’ll spend half the book biding my time, waiting for the better story to come back into play. That was definitely not the case here. I was equally invested in Jessie’s story and that of the Wilde sisters.
All of the characters the this book were really believable, and that was one of the greatest strengths of The Wildling Sisters. Their thoughts and actions were pretty relatable, and I think that’s a hallmark of any great story. Without giving away any of the mystery, it’s interesting to think about what you’d do if you were in the sisters’ position. I think their actions throughout the story ring fairly true to life. The same goes for Jessie with her struggles in forging a relationship with Bella.
The Wildling Sisters is now available wherever books are sold.