Thursday, 1 March 2018

Book Review - Coming Home by Fern Britton - Blog Tour

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Title: Coming Home
Author: Fern Britton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 22nd February 2018
Rating: 5 Stars

When the only place you want to be is home…

When Ella’s beloved grandmother dies, she comes back to the beautiful Cornish coast to heal her heart. There she finds her home again and discovers a new life, and new love … But she also opens a treasure trove of secrets.

Sennen left Cornwall a young single mum but unable to cope. She left her children, her family and part of her. She’s spent the years hiding from her past, hiding from herself.

Now it’s time to come back. To Cornwall. To face her mistakes. To pray for forgiveness. To hope for a future with her daughter.

Pendruggan: A Cornish village with secrets at its heart

What a wonderful and moving story, spanning three generations of one family, and I was privileged to learn all of their stories.  I was also delighted to see this book was focused on Ella's story, which I had been wanting to know more about since I finished The Postcard. 

Although this is another book set in Pendruggan, and I did love my return to Trevay, this is definitely a standalone book, and the few recurring characters that were present really were there in a minor way this time around. 

Ella was just a baby, and Henry two years old when their mother, Sennen who was 17 at the time, walked out on her children, leaving them to be brought up by her parents. 

Fast forward to now and Ella and Henry are grown up, and have mixed feelings towards the mum the barely remember or knew. However things are about to come to a head, when she returns to Cornwall. 

Over the course of the book we learn a lot about Adela and William's relationship, and what Sennen was like as a child.  We see what Sennen has been doing from when she ran away, and also what her children are doing in the present. 

The time line floats about between the various elements and after a while I got used to never being quite sure what the next chapter would bring or who the focus would be on.  

I loved hearing about all the various stories involved, although Henry really didn't come off that well, I can understand his anger.  I loved getting to know Ella and Kit a lot better and the situation with Sennen had me gripped at all times. 

This is heart warming, slightly emotional, full of love and family ties, and really is a fabulous book that I adored reading.  Easily one of my favourite Fern Britton books to date. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

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