The House on Primrose Pond

Yona Zeldis McDonough

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The House on Primrose Pond

The House on Primrose Pond A compelling novel about one woman s search for the truth from the author of You Were Meant For Me After suffering a sudden traumatic loss historical novelist Susannah Gil decides to uproot her life

  • Title: The House on Primrose Pond
  • Author: Yona Zeldis McDonough
  • ISBN: 9780451475381
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • A compelling novel about one woman s search for the truth from the author of You Were Meant For Me After suffering a sudden, traumatic loss, historical novelist Susannah Gil decides to uproot her life and the lives of her two children and leave their beloved Brooklyn for the little town of Eastwood, New Hampshire While the trio adjusts to their new surroundings,A compelling novel about one woman s search for the truth from the author of You Were Meant For Me After suffering a sudden, traumatic loss, historical novelist Susannah Gil decides to uproot her life and the lives of her two children and leave their beloved Brooklyn for the little town of Eastwood, New Hampshire While the trio adjusts to their new surroundings, Susannah is captivated by an unexpected find in her late parents home an unsigned love note addressed to her mother, in handwriting that is most definitely not her father s Reeling from the thought that she never really knew her mother, Susannah finds mysteries everywhere she looks in her daughter s friendship with an older neighbor, in a charismatic local man to whom she s powerfully drawn, and in an eighteenth century crime she s researching for her next book Compelled to dig into her mother s past, Susannah discovers even secrets, ones that surpass any fiction she could ever put to paper

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    1. Kay Dee on said:

      I won this book in a giveaway! It took me along time to read it though because i didn't realize the author was the one who was giving the book away. i will not make that mistake again, too much pressure. she wrote me a note and everything!So anyway this was a typical women's fiction type novel. i enjoyed it. I will read her other books sometime or another. they are on the list. :-)I like the typical women's fic because they are all about relationships and the main character's personal growth. th [...]

    2. Marin Thomas on said:

      The first Yona Zelda McDonough book I read was You Were Meant For me and I loved her storytelling not to mention her real-as-life characters. Her next book, The House On Primrose didn’t disappoint! McDonough’s writing is superb. In this story she weaves bits of the past with the present. She pulls the reader into the beautiful New England setting, which provides a rich backdrop for this tale of family drama. The characters were sympathetic, and so honest you couldn’t help but cheer for the [...]

    3. Linda on said:

      Note: I'd like to thank Berkley/New American Library and Giveaways for an advanced reader's edition of this book.I found the plot of the book and the book within a book an interesting concept, however, I could not relate in any way to the main character, Susannah. She appeared to be very self-absorbed and remained so until the end. I had hoped to see more growth in her through her experiences. Instead, I found myself being drawn more to the historical novel about Betsey that Susannah was writin [...]

    4. Mary on said:

      Susannah and her two children move to New Hampshire from Brooklyn a year after the death of her husband. They move into her family cottage on Primrose Pond and start a new chapter in their lives. While adjusting to her new circumstances Susannah makes a few discoveries that make her question all she knew to be true. There are issues of guilt and anger concerning her husband’s death and the fallout experienced by Susannah’s daughter and son. Family dynamics are certainly at the forefront in t [...]

    5. Rosa Cline on said:

      4 starI received this book as a Good Reads First Read Book Giveaway; of which I'm very appreciative of receiving. I really enjoyed reading this book it was some what different from the typical romance, drama, etc book. It has a book within a book and the author made it easier for the reader when she puts the other book in italicized lettering, so the reader if half asleep or can't remember can be aware of which story they are reading. Second chances and learning to move on with life after a deat [...]

    6. Rosa Cline on said:

      I received this book as a Good Reads First Read Book Giveaway; of which I'm very appreciative of receiving. I really enjoyed reading this book it was some what different from the typical romance, drama, etc book. It has a book within a book and the author made it easier for the reader when she puts the other book in italicized lettering, so the reader if half asleep or can't remember can be aware of which story they are reading. Second chances and learning to move on with life after a death. Acc [...]

    7. Jessica on said:

      I had won a copy of this book on GoodReads, and I wanted to like it more than I did. While the beginning of the novel gripped me, I became lost few chapters in and experienced a disconnect with the characters. I basically wanted to feel more for them than I did. While I also like the idea of having bits of Susannah's novel interwoven throughout the text, I wasn't blown away by it. I liked the concept but I wanted more in the way it was carried out.

    8. Maryann Macdonald on said:

      The House on Primrose Pond has a lot of the elements I enjoy reading about: history, secrets and old houses. I curled up with the book on a cold night in front of the fire and just kept on reading until I got to the endwhich held some surprises. Although the novel is a romance, it was the female relationships in the book that interested me. My favorite unexpected line was: "If you can't be a bitch with your mother, who can you be a bitch with?" An LOL moment.

    9. Laurie on said:

      **#1 RECOMMENDED READ**   Compelling.  Intriguing.  Evocative. Enthralling. Captivating. These are the words that come to mind to describe my feelings about The House on Primrose Pond. Seriously, I never wanted to put the book down. It was so well constructed and comprised of so many riveting elements that I found myself glued to the pages, anxiously awaiting the next development. I was fully invested in the story, which actually consisted of two stories in one since the protagonist was a nov [...]

    10. Karen on said:

      4.5 I really loved this book! The characters were believable and likeable. The plot had a few twists. I enjoyed how the author wove a story within a story. She also included interesting details about the writing process. This story touched on many themes- rebuilding a life after a devastating loss, jealousy, teenage angst and forgiveness. I highly recommend this book.

    11. Krystyna Goddu on said:

      I did enjoy reading The House on Primrose Pond! McDonough is especially good here at depicting the emotional complexities of mother/daughter relationships. The interweaving of historical fiction with the very contemporary tale is also well-handled, with the theme of guilt laced throughout both. The surprise at the end is quite delicious.

    12. Caroline Angell on said:

      The author has woven a compelling tale that combines a piece of forgotten history with an honest look at how one family makes their way through the upheaval of a tragedy. The New England setting was completely immersive. This was a page-turner with a satisfying ending!

    13. Lynn Demsky on said:

      A triumphant story that encircles today and the past with a round of ever never ending love! A real winner of a book that was more than I ever expected to discover--- would be a GREAT study for a woman’s reading group or gathering of associates.

    14. Diane on said:

      I loved this book! The parallel between the main story and the story within the main story made the book even that much more enjoyable. I have read all of Yona's books and this is by far my favorite . The characters were very real and like able . I would definitely recommend this book!

    15. Susan Walker on said:

      Enjoyable romance that also has some mystery and family secrets. The story kept me anxious to see what happened on the next page. I also happened to love the setting of the story.

    16. Lucy Jackson on said:

      A riveting read that skillfully blends past and present with surprising effect. I'm always excited to read new fiction by McDonough!

    17. Colette Dever on said:

      While not a terrible book, ultimately it was a disappointing read. The plot was predictable and I felt that the characters were too one-dimensional.

    18. Jenny (adultishbooks) on said:

      I've been reading this for about a week and I give zero fucks about this book, the characters etc.

    19. Vivian Payton on said:

      This is my second book that I've read by Yona Zeldis McDonough. For those who like a bit of romance, family issues/dysfunction, mystery, as well as historical fiction, this book is for you. I found it to be a page turner, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Historical novelist Susannah Gilmore's life unexpectedly turns upside down when her husband, Charlie, is tragically killed. She decides to move her family from Brooklyn to her late parents' home on Primrose Pond in Eastwood, NH. Cally, her teenage d [...]

    20. Patricia Bergman on said:

      I was fortunate to win this book from . It is thoroughly enjoyable story of, Susannah, a newly widowed mother of two who decides to sell her home and return to her deceased parents' vacation home on Primrose Pond. The change is not especially acceptable to Calista, her daughter, who rebels by moving in with the elderly widow of the town's former pediatrician. She objects to her mother's new romantic interest. Susannah, by profession, is a writer of historical novels and has become interested in [...]

    21. Margaret Cross-Beliveau on said:

      I received this book from a giveaway. A young widow, Susannah, moves with her two older children from Brooklyn to a family home in a small New Hampshire town. This story is about Susannah moving on with her life and learning to start over.

    22. Holly on said:

      Not a bad story, though it felt like the characters were all on the surface, removed from the messiness of all the drama that was unfolding around them. The New Hampshire story within a story was interesting. It was a quick read.

    23. Jeanine Lent on said:

      I think I would actually rate this book as a 3.5. I did enjoy it, but it seemed to be lacking in some way, though I can't quite put my finger on it. The story starts in New York, but circumstances change suddenly, so the family moves to New Hampshire, into the house that used to belong to Susannah's parents. This is quite a change in lifestyle for both Susannah & her family, & all have to adapt to their new lives. Her son, Jack, has an easier time of it, but her daughter, Cally, is havin [...]

    24. Marti on said:

      The House on Primrose Lane by Yona Zeldis McDonough has a story within the story and secrets. Susannah Gilmore life has changed dramatically. Her husband was killed and suddenly she is alone with her two children needing to find her way forward. She is a novelist of historical fiction. Luckily her parents owned a house in New Hampshire and with that Susannah moved her children lock stock and barrel into the a whole new life. Nothing is really as easy as that. Her daughter Calista is angry and wa [...]

    25. Emily on said:

      I received a free copy of this book through the GoodReads First Reads giveaways.The House on Primrose Pond by Yona Zeldis McDonough was a good read that I would recommend to all of my friends. The reader gets an inside view of Susannah's thoughts/feelings as she tries to keep her life in balance after the death of her husband. Susannah moves back to her family's summer home in New Hampshire with her two children and attempts to begin a new life together. I felt the most for Susannah as her teena [...]

    26. Amy Bitterman on said:

      "The House on Primrose Pond" is a beautifully written novel about coming to terms with loss and learning to start over. In spare, lovely prose, the author paints a compelling portrait of Susannah Gilmore, whose life is completely upended by her husband's sudden death, and her teenage daughter's subsequent emotional withdrawal. On her journey to rebuilding her present, she uncovers family secrets that force her to revise her understanding of her past as well. Interwoven with Susannah's story is a [...]

    27. Kathleen on said:

      Thank you to GoodReads for the advance copy of The House on Primrose Pond. I would actually give this book 3.5 stars if I was able to. It is the story of Susannah Gilmore, a historical novelist who moves with her two teenage children to her parent's home in New Hampshire after her husband's sudden death. Her parents are deceased and Susannah finds mementos from her mother's past that lead her to uncover secrets from her past. At the same time Susannah is seeking answers about her mother she is w [...]

    28. Molly Cline on said:

      4 starI received this book as a Good Reads First Read Book Giveaway; of which I'm very appreciative of receiving. I really enjoyed reading this book it was some what different from the typical romance, drama, etc book. It has a book within a book and the author made it easier for the reader when she puts the other book in italicized lettering, so the reader if half asleep or can't remember can be aware of which story they are reading. Second chances and learning to move on with life after a deat [...]

    29. Linda Marie Marsh on said:

      A book within a book describes House on Primrose Pond , one about second chances and facing truths. Susannah is dealt a raw deal with the unexpected death of her husband- the father of her 2 kids. To escape the guilt, anger and sadness she moves her family from NY to NH, to the home of her deceased mother. A change of scenery will fix everything right? She is also an author and that's where the 2nd story comes in, her digging up facts and re-creating a local event from years before. The drama co [...]

    30. Phyllis Barlow on said:

      I don't give many five-star ratings, but this book was wonderful. I was engaged from the first. I won't say anything about the plot because I don't want to spoil it for anyone (I almost did, but went back and deleted) :-) This book had a lot of surprises in it. One I kind of wondered about toward the end, and it was confirmed that I was correct, but it wasn't just obvious, either. If you like mysteries with a touch of romance, you will like this. Now this is not marketed as a mystery novel, it's [...]

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