Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Coming Home by Fern Britton

Ella comes back to the beautiful Cornish coast to heal her heart after the death of her beloved grandmother, Adela. There she finds her home again and discovers a new life, but she also opens a treasure trove of secrets.
Twenty years ago Ella’s mother Sennen ran away from Cornwall. Sennen had been a young single mum and, unable to cope, had left their children with her mother Adela…and a part of her with them. She’s spent the years since hiding from her past, hiding from herself.
Now it’s time to come back to Cornwall. To face her mistakes. To pray for forgiveness. And to hope for a future with her long-lost daughter and son. Will she be welcomed back with open hearts?
They say home is where the heart is. It’s time to come home…

A stupid mistake made by a young girl who was too afraid to face the music has  a ripple effect within her family's life and her own. Another mistake a few years later by the young girl's mother made out of hurt and worry and the past looks like it can't be rectified.

I found it hard to put this book down. We are told the story of Sennen's parents,how they met and had their longed for daughter who in turn had two children before the age of seventeen. Her parents worked hard at looking after the children but still Sennan couldn't cope and she left because she thought she could find the answer to making a happy family.  This was not to be and when she returns twenty years later to the Cornish village with many childhood memories she has to explain to her son and daughter why she left them.

I did want to give Sennen a good talking to many times in this book. If only she had told someone her secrets and how she felt, the missing years with her parents and her children could have been avoided.  
I loved hearing about Sennen's life over the past twenty years, what she had been up to, who she had met. I think this is Fern's best book yet. It has love, family, quarrels, secrets and a beautiful Cornish village. Fern's descriptions took me from the beaches of Cornwall to the bazaars in India, and it had a lovely ending. 

Coming Home is published in paperback with the kindle edition out tomorrow and the paperback published on 28 th June. 
Enjoy! With wine and chocolate of course! 


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