Tuesday 13 March 2018

Coming Home by Fern Britton @Fern_Britton @fictionpubteam @LizDawsonPR #ComingHome

Three women.
A lifetime of secrets.
The only place to be is home.
Ella comes back to the beautiful Cornish coast to heal her heart after the death of her beloved grandmother, Adela. There she finds her home again and discovers a new life, but she also opens a treasure trove of secrets.
Twenty years ago Ella’s mother Sennen ran away from Cornwall. Sennen had been a young single mum and, unable to cope, had left their children with her mother Adela…and a part of her with them. She’s spent the years since hiding from her past, hiding from herself.
Now it’s time to come back to Cornwall. To face her mistakes. To pray for forgiveness. And to hope for a future with her long-lost daughter and son. Will she be welcomed back with open hearts?
They say home is where the heart is. It’s time to come home…
Pendruggan: A Cornish village with secrets at its heart

Coming Home by Fern Britton was published in hardback by Harper Collins on 22 February 2018. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review.

Coming Home is Fern Britton's seventh novel, and the first of her books that I've read. I'm not sure what I expected from this one, maybe I had preconceptions about it? Well, all I can say is that I now have to go and buy her previous novels, because I have thoroughly enjoyed every page of this warm and heartfelt story.

Set in Cornwall, this is a beautifully woven tale of families, and love and community. The author's knowledge of Cornwall shines through and the village of Pendruggan is a character it its own right.

It's a sad time for Ella. She's returned to her childhood home after the death of her beloved grandmother Adela. Ella and her brother Henry didn't have a conventional upbringing and whilst they were loved unconditionally by their grandparents, the disappearance of their mother has always hung over the family like a black cloud.

Ella is a loving, forgiving woman, whilst her brother Henry is bitter and angry. Their mother Sennen left them when they were just babies and Ella has no memory of her at all. Sennen was young, just seventeen, when she ran away, and already the mother of two children.

Fern Britton cleverly mixes the modern-day story with that of the disappearance of Sennen all those years ago, she also tells how Adela and her husband Bill met and fell in love. This is seamlessly done and I particularly enjoyed Adela and Bill's story; a true and endearing story that really captured my imagination.

I do love a book that spans the generations, and that enables the reader to see why and how characters develop and make the decisions that they do.

Coming Home is really quite glorious; it's warm and intelligently written, dealing with sadness and regrets with a dollop of romance.

Fern Britton is the highly acclaimed author of six Sunday Times bestselling novels. Her books are cherished for their warmth, wit and wisdome, and have won her legions of loyal readers.
Fern is a judge for the Costa Book Awards and this year has supported the Reading Agency by writing a short novel to encourage less confident adult readers.
A hugely popular household name through iconic shows such as This Morning and Ready Steady Cook, Fern is a much sought-after presenter, most recently presenting, The Big Allotment Challenge (BBC2), For What It's Worth (BBC1), Culinary Genius with Gordon Ramsey (ITV) and her advent series Fern Britton Meets (BBC1).
Fern has now also turned her talents to acting, with her new role in the stage musical Calendar Girls, which is directed by Gary Barlow.

Fern lives with her husband, Phil Vickery, and her four children in Buckinghamshire and Cornwall.
To find out more, connect with her on Twitter @Fern_Britton
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1 comment:

  1. I've just finished reading this and I thought it was Fern's best novel so far, less "fluffy" than others I have read by her (and other writers in a similar genre). I'm sure including "difficult" characters like the childhood Sennen and the adult Henry made it a challenging book to write but it was well worth it.