Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Uninvited by Cat Winters

The Uninvited
Author: Cat Winters
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: August 11, 2015

In the Shadow of Blackbirds earned Cat Winters a place on my must read authors list. I love the way she can transport a reader back in time and really make her characters feel real.

The Uninvited takes place during World War I and the Spanish Influenza, the same as In the Shadow of Blackbirds, but in a different part of the country. Through this novel we got to see how the Spanish influenza increased tensions between Germans who had immigrated to the United States before, and during, the war and Midwesterners.

Ivy was a great main character who we got to see come out of her shell. She grew up seeing spirits of those recently deceased and has lived a largely indoor life. After her brother is killed in the war her father and brother kill a German man in town and Ivy knows she has to get out of the house. She leaves and becomes a boarder with a young war widow.

I don’t want to give anything away regarding the romance in this book but, suffice to say, it was more than satisfying. I really wanted everything to work out for Ivy and her beau but the times, flu, and war were all conspiring against them. It was that realistic struggle that I really enjoyed reading about.

I truly did enjoy this novel my only qualm is that this is the third book by Cat Winters set in the same time frame. I understand she may be under contract to write in this particular time period but I would really like to see something different from her. Cat is a brilliant storyteller and I want to see her try her hand at a different time period.

Overall, this was a really fabulous book. The setting and romance were beautifully told and this novel kept me up late reading. The ending was a tremendous surprise that I was glad I didn’t see coming!

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