Published by William Morrow Paperbacks Release date : August 11th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Paranormal
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.
But Ivy’s life-long gift—or curse—remains. For she sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother’s chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy’s older brother Billy in the Great War.
Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her ‘uninvited guests’ begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but Ivy has no inkling of the other-worldly revelations about to unfold.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ve had the Uninvited on my kindle for MONTHS. It was an early request; one made spontaneously since I wasn’t even sure what it was about. Anyhow — I am glad I picked this one up because it not only blew my mind, it brought out so many emotions from me, making this one of my favorite reads this year.
To be fair – I thought the beginning was slow. There were a lot of elements to the story; the Spanish Influenza, the War, murder, mayhem, romance and let’s not forget that Ivy can see ghosts. It wasn’t boring by any means; on the contrary, I was wholly invested in engrossed from the start. But I couldn’t figure out where the story was going. When things started to fall into place my eyes were OPEN and there was just no turning back.
Cat Winters writing is just, perfection. She has this way of writing such vivid and intricate characters that pulls you in from the beginning. Remembering The Uninvited was fiction was hard at times, because Ms. Winters does an amazing job weaving together the story; with accurate details from the era and characters. It’s so heartbreaking and eye-opening to read about; yet beautiful and entertaining at the same time.
I loved Ivy. She is strong, smart and I love that she lives her life by her own standards. She has a big heart; trying to help anyone she can regarding of what the task may be and who they are. Because of this, she finds love and friendship. There were several times during the course of this book where my heart was just aching for her.
I don’t want to go into too many details about the romance, but what I can say is that I loved it. It’s slow burning, yet intense, and I couldn’t be more happy with the direction their relationship went.
All in all – While it had a slow start, I loved The Uninvited. It’s emotional, powerful and beautiful. Cat Winters is now on my auto buy list. Highly recommend.
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