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Home to Roost: Putting Down Roots in Cornwall [Hardcover]

Tessa Hainsworth
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12 April 2012

Seagulls in the Attic left Tessa thrilled as Annie, her best friend from London, fell in love and married a local Cornishman. Alas the newlyweds decide to settle out of the county but Tessa and her husband are delighted when a new young couple arrive in the village fresh from the city. However what looks such a promising new friendship turns to a nightmare as these are people who think money can buy them acceptance - and the village is soon in quiet revolt. Tessa finds herself in the thick of it - and realises that she has grown very strong roots in the community in the two years she has been in Cornwall.

Like so many in the country, she has to think about turning her house into a source of income in the summer months. Having finally got the place up to scratch, she and her family are wondering whether to camp for a couple of months when they are asked to take over a B&B owned by friends of friends. Tessa is bubbly, outgoing - but quite inexperienced at being a landlady. She muddles through only with the generous help of the 'customers' on her postal round.

Written with her usual warmth and good humour, Tessa Hainsworth enchants us again with her stories of life as a newcomer to 'deep' Cornwall and makes us dwell on the true value and meaning of 'home'.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Preface Publishing (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848093756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848093751
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A warm, good-humoured read" (Western Morning News)

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A warm-hearted, feel-good, laugh-out-loud story by a terrific natural writer. This is the third instalment of Tessa Hainsworth's escape from the rat-race with her actor husband to a Cornish seaside town.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great holiday read 22 April 2012
I read this book whilst on my holidays in Cornwall. A fabulous, easy to read holiday book, which
kept me laughing and it really captures the charm of Cornwall and make you want to visit.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a heart warming read 13 April 2012
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i loved this book - it evoked fond memories of Cornwall and had me chuckling away!
Great characters and a true feel for the Cornish countryside - a must-have read for all who have connections with Cornwall.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read 28 April 2012
By Kazza50
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Tessa Hainsworth's third book about life in Cornwall did not disappoint. As with Tessa's previous two books, I was there in Cornwall seeing everything with my own eyes. I absolutely loved it! I escaped into it! Thank you Tessa. Just one teeny weeny question - how long before your next book?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Tessa 19 Feb 2013
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Third book from Tessa Hainsworth - a slightly different slant and theme to this one but definitely just as enjoyable as the previous two book. Familiar characters and a feel good and homely feel. Cannot wait for the next one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Follow your heart's path... 27 Oct 2012
By C. Rucroft VINE VOICE
I have read Tessa's first two books (Up with the Larks and Seagulls in the Attic) and I enjoyed them both. They follow Tessa as she, and her family, move to Cornwall.

In this book they have settled and Tessa is enjoying her life as a postwoman. We hear about her neighbours eccentric ways and the people she gets to meet (and help) on her post round. Her friend Annie has moved from London and is getting used to the Cornish way, and pace, of life.

What I really like about these books is that you really get to know the people. There are some laugh out loud moments as well as some sadder tales. These really are good, cosy reads and perfect for this time of year.

The only thing I really didn't like about this book was the way it is so anti-tourism. That is surely what keeps Cornwall's economy going? Tessa herself relies on tourists to rent out her house. It smacks a little bit of 'we just want their money, but not the hassle that comes with it.'

I did like this book and feel it's a good read. You do need to read them in order though, as they start with Tessa's decision to move to Cornwall. The order is 'Up with the Larks'; 'Seagulls in the attic' and 'Home to Roost.'
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A relaxing read 29 Jun 2012
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I was brought the first book (Up with the Larks) as a gift from a colleague who was leaving for a new job, and it was chosen as I have been working for Royal Mail for the past twenty-six years. The first book took me back to my first day as a postman in Birmingham and I read the book over a weekend; I just couldn't put in down. I have recommended the book to a number of colleagues and family who have also enjoyed the three books so far. I must admit I have been just a bit envious that Tessa is delivering around the beautiful Cornish countryside and meeting such interesting people rather than walking round the backstreets of inner-city Birmingham. I have not mentioned the story line - that for you to buy read and enjoy - I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Can't wait for the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delivering again. 16 Aug 2013
I had my doubts as to whether Tessa Hainsworth could actually get a third book out of her exploits as the local postie in a Cornish village and its surrounding areas. She has and actually she has done it with the wonderful style and descriptive quality of her previous two.

Known as the Posh Postie, Tessa is very much part of the village now and the locals although they know she has been there a mere three years, she is certainly more like one of them than some of the more recent folk from up country (anyone from anywhere apart from Cornwall).

In this book, Tessa's closet friend Annie has certainly embraced life in a Cornish village since moving from London, but it looks like she might have to move again away from Tessa and start a whole new life. There are some new residents and neighbours for Tessa to get to know, Kate and Leon who are wanting to escape the rat race and retire (despite being in their forties much to Tessa's chagrin). It looks like there will be more friendly faces and more people to get involved in the local community. Suddenly Tessa realises that perhaps not everyone can settle into life down there and get as involved and dirty in some cases with what is going on. They are trying to find a paradise that only exists in their minds and not embracing what is actually out there to experience. It is at this point that Tessa really does feel like she belongs.

Trees that are in danger of collapsing but have rooks in cause problem for a local couple, the cry of the peacock is a nuisance but it seems someone wants rid of the noise completely, blossoming love between locals shows that it is never too late to find love. It can sometimes be the knowledge of a postie to bring these people together - knowing what their likes and dislikes are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved reading it 22 Jun 2013
By Daisy
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I am on holiday in Cornwall. Just finished reading this, the third book, about Tessa's life in Cornwall. What a delight!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 11 days ago by Miss Alison J Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars More fun
The third in the series of books. I've enjoyed all three. Great light reading. On the kindle they are great value for money too
Published 13 days ago by A. M. Coote
5.0 out of 5 stars home to roost , putting down roots in cornwall
Having read the previous two books, I decided to buy this to follow on the story! reminds me of my holidays in Cornwall a great holiday read and I absolutely love Tessa's books I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by trudy
3.0 out of 5 stars Home to Roost
I waited until the price dropped for this book, as it was unbelievably high initially. I did enjoy reading the first two books, but this one was just 'OK'. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant Tessa Hainsworth book!
Having read the previous two books written by Tessa Hainsworth, I had to read this one and it didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed the previous two and this one was just as good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by AngieMary
5.0 out of 5 stars home to roost
I thoroughly enjoyable read. I got hooked on these books by tessa hainsworth when a family member moved to Cornwall. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Louise Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Mum likes it.
This was bought for my mum who has read the series by the author and she highly rates the books.
Published 5 months ago by Danny J
4.0 out of 5 stars Still enjoyable...
....but not quite as enthralling as the first two. Maybe I'd just got used to the characters. Having said that, I was hooked on these three books enough to do my detective work... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Christine Day
5.0 out of 5 stars great
well packed i havnt read it yet so so so so so i cant say any more good nite byee
Published 10 months ago by robert taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable holiday reading
I purchased this to read on holiday and it was perfect for that requirement. I enjoyed the easy writing style and will read more of this author's books.
Published 11 months ago by Free Spirit
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