Sep 22, 2015

Book Review: The Uninvited by Cat Winters

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Review by Suze

It's 1918 and Ivy lives on a farm where she gives piano lessons to young students. After a dangerous flu that made her very ill she decides it's time to spread her wings. She leaves her home and finds a room in Buchanan. She's twenty-five years old and still single. She lived such a secluded life that she hadn't set foot in her hometown for a long time, so it's good to be back and to get reacquainted with old classmates and friends.

The women in Ivy's family have a special gift. They can see the dead who are giving them a warning when they're about to lose a loved one. Ivy has just lost her brother in the war. A lot of people in America are developing intense feelings of hate against the Germans. Ivy's father and brother have done something terrible to one of them and Ivy tries to make things right. She visits Daniel's shop and wants to help him clean up and to take care of him. They have a lot in common, but they have much against them as well...

The Uninvited is a beautiful story about ghosts and impossible love in turbulent times. Many soldiers have lost their lives in the the First World War and then a terrible flu takes away even more people. Ivy and two friends try to do whatever they can for victims of the flu. Ivy doesn't only want to help, she also wants to live and she visits a jazz party which is in a building across the street from Daniel's furniture store. She and Daniel share a passion for music, but he doesn't want to go to the club with her. Daniel is a troubled soul, but Ivy is exactly what he needs. I loved that aspect, their relationship is really special. I wanted them to find some peace and happiness after everything they'd been through. 

The Uninvited has a few unexpected twists and turns. I liked the choice of the setting and the time frame. The story worked really well for me because all the elements are exactly right. I read this book in one sitting, I couldn't put it down. The year 1918 must have been terrible for so many people. It made me think about everything they must have gone through. Even though the base of this novel is historical the story also has a great paranormal aspect. I really enjoyed that part of The Uninvited and I love how Cat Winters plays with reality. I highly recommend this amazing book. I think Cat Winters is a great story teller and I love her work.


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