The Uninvited

Adult Fiction
William Morrow/HarperCollins
Paperback, ISBN 9780062347336

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Jazz. Gin. Ghosts.

Twenty-five-year-old Ivy Rowan rises from her sickbed after being struck by the great influenza epidemic of 1918, only to discover that the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.

But Ivy's lifelong gift—or curse—remains. She sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked for and unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918, Ivy 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 in the Great War of Ivy's other brother, Billy.

Horrified, she leaves home and soon realizes that 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 today, because they could be stricken by nightfall. She even enters into a relationship with the murdered German man's brother, Daniel Schendel. But as her "uninvited guests" begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once again, and terrifying secrets will unfold.

A USA Today HEA Must-Read Romance of 2015


“Dark and romantic . . . at once horrifying and tender.”
Publishers Weekly

The Uninvited is an eerily haunting, beautifully tragic, dream-like page-turner fueled by passion, fear, and anger.”
San Francisco Book Review

“Winters is a talented writer who takes her readers on an audacious ride with this book, her first novel written for an adult audience. The plotting is near perfect.”
Historical Novels Review

“. . . a haunting paranormal tale.
(4 stars)
Romantic Times

“Devotees of romance and ghost stories will doubtless enjoy Winters’ latest.”

. . . exquisite and magical. This story is a gem with so many facets that uphold the tenets of the Gothic genre, the sensibilities of a romance, and the illuminative window to the past of a historical piece.
USA Today’s Happy Ever After

There’s much to like here for teens: an earnest young woman who wants to do right by those who her family has wronged while participating for the first time in the many opportunities that life can offer.
School Library Journal
(in the article "Spectacular Speculative Fiction | Adult Books 4 Teens")

“. . . at once haunting and beautiful . . . Highly, highly recommended.”
The Book Smugglers
 (via Kirkus)

“A wonderfully atmospheric and intriguing novel. A novel that is sure to keep readers hooked to the end.”
New York Times bestselling author

“Would that every chapter of history be presented in such captivating, lushly-written prose.”
Bestselling author

“An affecting novel, dark in fiction and in fact . . . Cat Winters’s latest offers resonant characters, a stunning twist, and an emotional, satisfying conclusion.”
International bestselling author of  
A Paris Apartment

“Evocative and lushly written.”
New York Times bestselling author

“Compulsively readable, beautifully written . . . I finished this story and wished very much I had written it.”
Bestselling author of  
The Fate of Mercy Alban and The Vanishing

“A mesmerizing story of life and death in one of 
America's darkest periods.” 
Author of The Madman's Daughter

“A fascinating historical fiction tale with a decidedly supernatural twist.”
Fresh Fiction


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