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Warm-hearted and cozy vs slow and uneventful
on 6 May 2012
Having settled down in Cornwall, Tessa Hainsworth once again takes the reader onto a journey through her daily life far from her former London home. Home To Roost presents her third year on the Cornish coast and postie Tessa has evidently blended in comfortably into the community, much unlike another family from the big city which apparently isn't cut out for the country life at all.
Part memoir, part journal, this book can be best described as a cozy mystery - you get all the quirky characters of a small town, plus a charming setting - without any dead bodies turning up. Being a light read, which you can easily indulge in over the course of a lazy afternoon, it is perfect for those who like to distract themselves with quaint yet unassuming stories.
Personally I must confess, the book sounded so wonderfully promising, but turned out to be too slow paced and uneventful for my taste. Add that the writing style was rather bland, without any kind of ups and downs, lacking the humor I had been hoping for. What I missed the most were more elaborate descriptions of the town and the Cornish setting. Granted, Tessa does throw in bits and pieces here and there, but I would have loved if she had painted a more vivid picture thus really bringing the place and its people to life in my mind.
In short: A warm-hearted cozy read, yet lacking pace and detail!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Random House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.