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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848452209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848452206
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I like to believe I am the person my dogs think I am.

I phone my parents every day, as they are elderly and adorable, and they read me stories every day of my freakishly normal childhood. I was a writer before I learned to read, by creating scribbles on paper and dictating the stories to my saintly mother. You can see examples here: https://plus.google.com/u/1/photos/104585203815605467940/albums/5587379107269629729?banner=pwa&partnerid=pwrd1.

Untold eons later, I still read and write everyday and I've gotten very good at it. I live in a ridiculously gorgeous place in the world--an island in Puget Sound, Washington where we have a lot of the same flowers you grow in the UK. But bigger slugs. Much bigger slugs.

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‘A human and multi-layered story exploring duty to both country and family’ – Nora Roberts on The Ocean Between Us

'Susan Wiggs paints the details of human relationships with the finesse of a master' -- Jodi Picoult

'Truly uplifting' --Now magazine

'irresistibly good' --Closer


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ElaineG TOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 Aug. 2013
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This is a very readable family drama about Jessie who, in the past, gave her baby daughter Lila to her sister Luz to adopt and bring up. Now she is back and wants the truth to come out. The story explores the complex relationship she has with her sister and Lila. We know from the start of the book that Luz and Jessie are keeping the adoption a secret from Lila but it soon becomes clear that Jessie has another secret that she is keeping from everyone, one that is life changing and which she doesn't want anyone to know about.

I enjoyed following the relationship between the women and Lila, who is a teenager, rebellious, stroppy, hormonal and determined to have fun and live life in the fast lane. As you are reading the book you couldn't help wondering just how she would react to finding out the truth about her birth and wanting to get to that part of the read.

There is also a romantic interest in the book for Jessie. At first I wasn't too sure about this, as Dusty seemed "too perfect" for her - a bit too over confident about what he wanted and expected to get. He seemed just a tad too eager to move things on, and in his position as a single parent he should maybe have been a little more cautious, taken things a little slower, but as the story went on I warmed to him more.

Jessie's other secret does get revealed eventually, although the reader knows about it long before the other characters in the book. This was perhaps my favourite part of the book as I found the changes to Jessie's day to day life intriguing, thought provoking and fascinating to read about. I am being deliberately vague here, so as not to spoil the read.

An enjoyable read about a family and its relationships that you can really lost in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peggie on 30 Sept. 2013
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Susan Wiggs draws believeable and interesting characters. So far I have enjoyed all of her books and this one didn't disappoint. It deals with the complex relationships between two sisters and their mother during their childhood and the differing lives they have led since. The return of one sister, Jessie, after a long absence and the impact her return has on her elder sister, Luz and her family throws up problems that need to addressed and resolved and I found myself so involved in their lives that I didn't want to put the book down. I would definitely recommend Home Before Dark.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox on 29 Dec. 2006
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I have very much enjoyed the two previous books I had read by Susan Wiggs - they were Historical Romances - but when this book arrived from inter-library loan and I read the blurb on the back it seemed I'd picked the wrong sort of book for me. The story was evidently about family relationships and tensions following a woman adopting her sister's child at birth. I put off reading the book for a while but when I finally started it I was immediately engrossed.

Jessie Ryder is a successful photographer but with secrets. The first secret is that Lila, her niece, is actually her daughter. Her sister Luz and her husband Ian took Lila the moment she was born and have brought her up as their own child along with three sons that came along later. But there are more secrets that Luz doesn't know - Jess and Ian had a brief fling before he got together with Luz and Ian is the father of Lila - both adoptive and natural. But there are even more secrets; Jessie is visiting them now, after sixteen years, as she is losing her sight and wants to take a final `look' at her family, particularly her daughter, before it all goes dark.

Jessie is an interesting character and I wasn't always sure I liked her. She deals with emotions by running away and never seems to stick with anything. She comes like a whirlwind into Luz and Ian's life and appears to be causing disruption - teenager Lila is becoming wayward and ends up involved in a tragedy, and even the grieving widower next door gets sucked in to Jessie's mayhem. And yet she's also a woman who feels greatly for the mistakes that she has made in her life and who wants her family to be happy and does what she can to further that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LEP VINE VOICE on 8 Aug. 2006
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I don't like Wigg's historical novels, but I've enjoyed all her contemporary novels so far. In this one you have two sisters now in their mid to late thirties, Luz and Jessica. Luz has always been the responsible mother figure, taking on the world and its problems, solving her sister's problems and scrapes. Jessica is wilder, living life for the moment until that is she is twenty one. Finding herself pregnant, Jessica panics. She talks Luz and her new husband into adopting her child, while she takes off to the other side of the world on a photographic assignment. Jessica, when faced with the flee or fight scenareo tends to flee. Luz takes on the responsibility as usual and put her own hopes and dreams to one side as she has always done. However, she truely loves the little premature scrap that her sister has given birth to. Jessica stays out of her daughter's life, feeling that it is fairer to all concerned that way. Only keeping in touch by email, telephone and postcards; however, her daughter is always in her thoughts. She told Luz and Ian not to tell Lelia that she is adopted. Sixteen years later, Jessica has to confront a personal tradegy which will affect the rest of her life and she heads home to small town Texas, Luz and Lelia her daughter. She decides that she needs to tell her daughter that she is her mother. As you can imagine that decision distrupts Luz and Ian's lives. Leila is going through a rebellious teenage stage and doing some typically stupid things, that teenagers tend to do. Added to the mix is Dusty, a young widower and pilot with a baby daughter. He lives the other side of the lake. An enjoyable, lovely story of scecrets, decisions and growing up.
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