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The Homecoming (Havenbury) Paperback – 19 Jul 2018
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"Anglophiles will enjoy Howard's well-rounded contemporary, the first in her Havenbury series... This successful entry bodes well for the series."--Publishers Weekly
About the Author
With a father in the forces and the diplomatic corps, Rosie Howard spent much of her childhood in UK boarding schools, joining her parents in exotic destinations during holidays. After obtaining a degree in music she pursued a career in public relations, campaigning, political lobbying and freelance journalism but realized her preference for making things up and switched to writing novels instead. She lives in a West Sussex village with her husband and two children in a cottage with roses around the door.
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I have an aversion to using genres to categorise books, but I can’t think of any other way to describe Rosie Howard’s The Homecoming than to say it is women’s fiction at its absolute finest. The Homecoming is such a satisfying read and I enjoyed every moment of the experience.
Firstly, The Homecoming is so well written and mature. Rosie Howard’s prose style is effortless to read – a bit like eating the finest dark chocolate. It does have the ubiquitous 30 somethings of its genre in Maddy, Flora and Ben but it also has more mature characters in Serena, Giles, Patrick and Helen so that it goes beyond the usual scenarios into a much more engaging and entertaining read which held my attention without fail from the first page to the last. I love the potential for future Havenbury stories as there is a cast of people I already care about waiting to be developed in new adventures. Even Pirate the parrot felt real and vivid.
The plot is so well structured. Rosie Howard provides a wonderfully warm and engaging main story which is brilliantly entertaining escapist reading with lovely romance and self-discovery at its heart, but so much more besides as she explores the concept of community, PTSD, issues of trust and how one small untruth can impact whole lives. I think any reader with similar elements in their own lives would derive huge comfort from this story. There are totally realistic and plausible twists and turns along the way so that the reader is completely entranced by, and immersed in, the narrative.
I loved the way in which relationships were presented. As in real life, people in The Homecoming do not always behave well or rationally and I found myself desperate for them all, except Kevin and possibly Simon, to have a happy ending. You’ll have to read the book yourself to find out whether that happens – and I really recommend that you do!
If The Homecoming is to be the first in a new Havenbury series then let me move in. I’m desperate to know more about the people and the place. I thought Rosie Howard had produced a pitch perfect story that left me feeling uplifted and beguiled and I can’t wait for the next installment. I loved it.
Ben lives and works in Havenbury Magna. He's an ex-army psychologist specialized in traumas. When he meets Maddy she immediately piques his interest, both personally and professionally. Maddy has gone through something terrible and Ben wants to help her with the emotional turmoil she keeps finding herself in ever since her return. He's also struggling with the feelings he starts to develop for her. His profession, family secrets and wrong timing are standing in their way. What will happen when everything that has been hidden for many years comes to the surface, will Maddy leave Havenbury Magna behind again?
The Homecoming is a fantastic multilayered story. I was immediately intrigued by Maddy. She's a strong and intelligent woman. She's loving, caring and won't hesitate to help others. She doesn't mind paying a price and no matter what it costs her she will do it, if it means she can be there for someone else. I loved her big heart, her wonderful sweet personality and her ability to love unconditionally. She's an amazing woman with a complex past and this captivated me from beginning to end. I especially loved the development of the connection Maddy has with Ben. He's a kind and gentle man and his goodness radiates off the pages, which is something I really enjoyed. The Homecoming has incredibly special main characters and they are making the story a true joy to read.
Rosie Howard has a heartwarming descriptive writing style. She makes her setting and characters come to life in a terrific vivid way. I liked the cosyness of the pub and fell in love with the creativity of Maddy's friends. The Homecoming has plenty of fascinating twists and turns and Rosie Howard skillfully kept me on the edge of my seat because of the secrets she's writing about. I was anxious to find out as much as possible and couldn't stop reading. The Homecoming is mesmerizing, compelling and very romantic. I highly recommend this delightful book.
This book focuses on Maddy, an ex-habitant who left Havenbury three years previously after an incident that she can't remember and since then her lack of memories and nightmares have plagued her ever since. She comes back, albeit reluctantly to help out Patrick who runs the local p
We also meet Ben who is a friend of Patrick's and determined to help Maddy come to terms with everything that has happened to her....Will he succeed?
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish - the author has written about lovely characters (and also not so lovely characters!) and I hope we get to explore them in more detail during the series. I was sad to finish it as you do really feel like you are experiencing village life along with the characters. This is the type of village that you dream about living in with genuine people who really want to help others and come together to save the epicentre of the town - the Haversham Arms!
Throughout the book, the author manages to combine the more serious subject matters with humour too which stop this from being a predicatable story.
I found this to be a really enjoyable easy read and a promising start to the beginning of a series I am looking forward to delving into!
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