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Take Me Home (Glen Avich)
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154 of 162 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2013
Take Me Home is the story of Inary who is living in London after being jilted by her ex, and is just a little bit in love with her best friend Alex. She has to return to her native Scotland where her sister is in the final stages of her life and to help the brother she feels resents her for running away.

How can she cope with the death of her sister and the loss of Alex too after she closed herself off to him so she can never be hurt by anyone again?

This is one of the most emotional stories I think I've read. I adored reading Watch Over Me by Dani and this was a magnificent and completely perfect second novel which is set in the same village.

I quickly became completely and utterly immersed in the story and felt like I was part of the scenery. I read a lot through bleary eyes. It was so moving and emotional in parts that I could not breathe! There were other scenes where very interesting things were happening to Inary that I was completely fascinated by and wanted to find out so much more!

Dani is an incredible writer and I hope to be reading many more of her books in the future. She writes in such a compelling way that you cannot wait to find out what happens next even if you know that your heart is going to break in two!

While it was extremely sad in parts, it was overall marvellously uplifting and certainly left me with peace and hope.

Just completely beautiful!
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2014
I adored Daniela's Watch Over Me, in fact I notice that I am quoted in Amazon's product description of her new book Take Me Home praising Watch Over Me saying "Take your time when you read this, absorb every word, because it's totally and utterly worth it. The first book I've ever wanted to read again before I'd even finished turning the last page; this book will stay with me forever".

So you can imagine my delight when Take Me Home arrived one morning. So much so, I ditched the book I was reading mid-way through (I was struggling with it, and I needed an excuse to move on) and started to devour this new book. It had big boots to fill, and did it live up to expectations? Yes, it did. I don't think I loved it as much, but only because I wanted more. I wanted more of Inary and Alex and the ending wasn't quite as beautiful as I had hoped for.

It was the perfect read to keep me sane on my delayed Tuesday morning commute, and it only took two days of commuting to finish rapidly turning the pages.

Take Me Home has tinges of similarities to Watch Over Me; there are the broken hearts, the sadness and the element of "paranormal activity", but it is unique and wonderful in its own right.

The book is written from different characters perspectives, and it alternatives perfectly to allow you to capture each characters innermost thoughts. This style of writing doesn't break the pace or flow of the book - it's perfect.

The other book (which I ditched for this one, and which shall remain nameless for now), was causing me problems because I just couldn't identify with the main character. I just didn't care. However, I loved Inary from the first page of this book. The book resounded with me, as I too find myself distancing myself from relationships (although for me it isn't the conventional reason of having my own heart broken) and Inary's deepest thoughts occasionally reminded me of myself. I also loved Alex - he sounds like the sort of man I would like in my life.

Take Me Home really is a truly beautiful story; it's gripping and it's moving. It will hold your interest from the first sentence right through to the last, and it will leave you wanting more from Daniela Sacerdoti.

Once again, I am left wondering what book could possibly replace the void which Dani has left, once more, in my life.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon 19 December 2013
I was a bit dubious about this book before I started reading, for the simple reason that I didn't really enjoy Watch Over Me all that much, but I am pleased to say I was very pleasantly surprised in the end and really enjoyed this read. From the start it felt much better edited, with definitely less use of the "wee" word and just much less twee all round.

It is based once again in Glen Avich and it was nice to meet some old familiar faces from Watch Over Me, including Eilidh. Inary, the main character here, has spent three years avoiding commitment, sworn off love forever and is determined not to get too close to best friend Alex. She is not going to take any risk of getting hurt again. She also needs to build bridges with brother Logan following the recent death of their sister Emily, which has rocked both their worlds.

Inary gets a shock when an old gift that she had thought was lost returns to her, which brings a huge dose of the supernatural to the story, and this really made the read a little bit extra special for me with a 100 year old mystery that Inary is compelled to get to the bottom of. The story flowed nicely with nice, likeable characters, and is told alternately from the viewpoints of Inary, Alex and Logan. I did feel that the last couple of chapters were maybe a little rushed, but on the whole this was a really good enjoyable romantic read with strong supernatural overtones, a gentle story that sneaks up on you and grabs your attention. I really like the setting the author has created in Glen Avich, the people, the scenery and the loch, and hopefully we haven't said goodbye to it forever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2014
This book is well worth reading. The author's style is enchanting and she writes with such ease. The story draws you in with the character's tragic family circumstances. She returns to Scotland to pick up the pieces of her sister's illness and leaves her own love life in a mess. I don't want to give any more away but it's a real page turner. There's also a hint of the supernatural in this story which is convincingly written. If you have read Watch Over Me by the same author this is in a similar vein but even better. You could read these two books in any order and they are both fantastic. A real bargain on the Kindle!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2014
Found this an easy read, I like to think there is something out there when we die & this story makes you believe there is. Would recommend anyone who believes in the afterlife & wants a not heavy read of the spiritual world to give this a go.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2014
I could not put this book down, from the very start I was gripped! the power in this book was like a magnet to me. please write a follow up it was brilliant!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 June 2014
Once again this second book, 'Take me home' did not fail to totally hypnotize me. Like her previous novel, this story talked of a place called Glen Avich. I found myself walking up the street, and looking at the wonderful sunset so perfectly described, and gazing over the waters of the loch. it's a story that once you start reading, you do not want to put it down. Again wonderfully written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2014
I enjoyed this book - I liked the characters, and the plot line was good. However, I would have liked to have had much more of Mary's story described, and I do feel that the ending was a bit rushed. What happened to poor Taylor??! And what about Inary's best friend Lesley left in London? In fact the more I think about this review, the more I realise how much was missing from this book...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2014
Take Me Home was a really enjoyable novel. It actually came as a pleasant surprise as it was not quite what I was expecting. Initially I found this a little hard to get into but then it took and I couldn't put it down.

Once again I love love love novels that are written from different characters points of view and the author does this from the main characters Inary, Alex and Logan. Inary is instantly likeable and I really felt her pain emotionally and physically. And her relationship with Alex was practically tearing me apart! Especially as we get to read Alex's point of view and know their exact feelings for each other. It felt particularly hard to read this part of the story as it felt close to home and I desperately wanted Alex and Inary to be together. There was one quote though that I absolutely loved and it gave me a little hope: "What's for you won't go past you". I am going to keep repeating that mantra and I really hope it's true!

I loved the descriptions of Glen Avich and it's small village and consequently small knit community. I have only ever been to Scotland once, but reading this has made me want to explore more.

There were times in this that literally gave me the chills. Daniela creates a fantastic atmosphere that really draws you in and has you craving more. There was also a fantastic sense of mystery surrounding every page. Every time I had to put the book down, I couldn't stop thinking about it and where the story would lead.

This is the first novel I have read from Daniela and it certainly won't be the last!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 24 January 2014
what a captivating story, gripped my attention all the way through, can't wait to read another one of Daniela sacerdoti books.
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