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The Way Back Home by [North, Freya]
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'Brimming with emotional drama and packing a huge twist, this story will keep you guessing until the very end' Heat 'I was gripped from the start and raced through to the end in one long sitting' Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail 'A lovely read that keeps you anticipating a twist that is nicely unexpected...I couldn't put it down' Sarah Broadhurst, Lovereading.co.uk 'A very telling and enjoyable take on contemporary life' Woman and Home 'Skilfully written, and full of interesting characters.' The Lady 'If you like emotional family dramas with a twist you'll love this' Daily Express 'Freya North has given us another poignant tale - you won't be able to put this one down' OK 'An intriguing tale that keeps you absorbed from cover to cover.' Candis Magazine 'A brilliant new book' Fabulous magazine 'The Way Back Home stands out from the crowd with its twists, turns and simply stunning writing' The Sun 'It is a story of reflection and redemption - a tender tale that seems to have come from the very heart of this author' New Books Magazine 'Packed with love, lies and drama' Woman Magazine 'A delightful read, which evokes the summers of our youth' Northern Echo

About the Author

Freya North is the author of 12 bestselling novels which have been translated into many languages. She was born in London but lives in rural Hertfordshire with her family and other animals, where she writes from a stable in her back garden. A passionate reader since childhood, Freya was originally inspired by Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain and Barbara Trapido - fiction with strong female leads and original, sometimes eccentric, characters. In 2012 she set up, and now runs, the Hertford Children's Book Festival. She is also a judge for the Campaign for Rural England Awards. To connect with Freya and hear about events, unique competitions and sneak previews of what she's writing, join her on Facebook, Twitter or her website. @freya_north www.facebook.com/freya.north www.freyanorth.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1509 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GLGS42I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 274 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,950 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've been reading Freya North since Sally and I've devoured every book of hers. This, in my opinion, is the best one yet. I don't know if she counts as chick lit - it's always a debate - there are basically four female writers - JoJo Moyes, Marian Keyes, Lisa Jewell and Freya - who guarantee I will buy anything they write. Strong female writers, unforgettable characters and perfect page turners.

This book is beautiful and has at it's heart a wonderful trio of people - Jed, Oriana and Malachy. A little mystery, a little sadness, a lot of regret and a wonderful house. Like many of North's books, familiar faces from previous stories are also within and I had a joyful reunion with Cat McCabe and Django. I read it in 2 days and think I'm going to go back and read it again immediately.
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I've read everything by Freya North. This new novel - her 13th - is special. The Way Back Home is such a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. The characters are believable, never cliched, each with their own flaws and I really identified with many of the things that each of them felt. As with all North's books, setting is a key part of the novel - and the wonderful old house called Windward is so vivid I'm sure I could go to Derbyshire and find it. I love the theme of home - of returning home - of never escaping your roots. It was also really compelling seeing these characters in the modern day as well as back when they were 15 - a time in all our lives that's so memorable. This book follows Oriana who grew up in an artists' commune with parents who barely noticed her. But she was looked after by the eccentric souls who lived there - especially the brothers Malachy and Jed who were of a similar age. Then, when they were 15, something happened between them that saw Oriana sent away. It's taken her 18 years to make her way back home. But she's here now - to make sense of her past and carve a meaningful future. Just brilliant. The hardback version is super nice too - great cover and 'feel'. I actually bought a few copies to take as gifts instead of the usual bottle of wine or box of chox!
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As a huge Freya North fan, I was super excited about this release a and I wasn't disappointed, another gem! Freya makes you feel like you're there with her writing, like you know the characters in her books - and the reintroduction of old "friends" in The Way Back Home makes this even more so. Oriana is a girl with a past, with something more scary than most of us will have lived through. Watching her work through this and finally talk about her life is grand, watching her get "past" it is wonderful and watching her start the life she wants is dreamy. 5 stars, 10/10, 100% - well done Freya!
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Compulsively readable thoughtful and clever this is a terrific novel. After a terrible accident, the teenage Oriana fled the artists' commune in Derbyshire where she grew up and made her home in San Francisco severing all ties with her family.

Eighteen years later after a disastrous love affair, she returns to England and moves in with her mother -the impossibly narcissistic and mean Rachel - now leading a life of dull respectability with Oriana's mild mannered stepfather Bernard.

Oriana doesn't really know Bernard thanks to her mother keeping them apart, but fast realises that he is a lovely man who covers her back as her life becomes more difficult.

Brothers Jed and Malachy who grew up alongside Oriana in the commune where freedom was king, have heard nothing from her since she disappeared. But both have spent years comparing all other women unfavourably to her and wondering wistfully whether she might return.

When she eventually does,their relationship implodes and Oriana must confront the past she has run away from so desperately and work out who she is. It is far from an easy process, but gripping from the start.
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Format: Hardcover
Another wonderfully written book exploring the intricacies of the relationships we form and how these relationships mould us. The characters in this book seem so real but so flawed that it's hard not to love them. The three main protagonists each have their own cross to bear, but in each of them you see things, that if you looked at yourself introspectively for five seconds you'd see the same qualities in yourself. Oriana, Malachy and Jed. At thee start of the book you seem them as three individual beings, standing alone in their own lives. In reality the three of them are so intwined, that eventually it becomes impossible to think of them in the singular. Fans of Freya North's pervious work will be happy to see a reintroduction of some much loved characters from her older novels. If you want a book to get lost in then this is the one for you. I read it in one night, it was impossible to put down.
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Sorry to all Freya North fans, but I really didn't enjoy this book! I bought it on spec having read and enjoyed books by Jojo Moyes and Lisa Jewell, both of whom North has been compared to. But compared to the books that I've read by those authors this was a terrible disappointment.

The plot seems promising enough. Oriana is an architect who grew up in an artists' commune in Derbyshire. After an unspecified tragedy she went out to the States to study for her degree and work - now, some years on, she is back after a miserable love affair with a married man, determined to return to Derbyshire and face her past. When she returns to the commune (now converted into various comfortable flats) old memories resurface, and she finds herself - as when she was a teenager - caught in a love triangle with the brothers Malachy and Jed (there's a lot of very strange names in this book), the two boys whose kindly Danish mother and writer father befriended Oriana in the commune, and helped protect her from the excesses of her unstable American mother Rachel and her eccentric painter father Robin. Which brother will she choose - and what will happen when she finally confronts her big secret?

Frankly, after 100 leisurely pages of discussions between Oriana and her stepfather Bernard about whether she should have cod or fishcakes for tea and what was the best brand of cigarettes, dissections of every stage of Oriana's friend Cat's pregnancy and exactly what she wanted to eat in the final weeks of it, and leisurely flirtations between Oriana and (in turn) Malachy and Jed, I couldn't care. North could certainly have done something with this plot, but to me it seemed both horribly bland and completely unbelievable.
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