A Home From Home by Veronica Henry
Today I am so pleased to take part in the blog tour for A Home from Home by Veronica Henry.
Many thanks to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours, Orion Books and the author for a copy of the book, which I have reviewed honestly.
Sunshine, cider and family secrets…
Dragonfly Farm has been a home and a haven for generations of Melchiors – arch rivals to the Culbones, the wealthy family who live the other side of the river. Life there is dictated by the seasons and cider-making, and everyone falls under its spell.
For cousins Tabitha and Georgia, it has always been a home from home. When a tragedy befalls their beloved great-uncle Matthew, it seems the place where they’ve always belonged might now belong to them…
But the will reveals that a third of the farm has also been left to a total stranger. Gabriel Culbone has no idea why he’s been included, or what his connection to the farm – or the Melchiors – can be.
As the first apples start to fall for the cider harvest, will Dragonfly Farm begin to give up its secrets?
I’ve just finished reading A Home From Home and I feel sad to leave the warm cocoon that wrapped itself around me and took me to Dragonfly Farm. I can see Tabitha waving at the gate with Poe at her feet, she is wearing Gums socks and little Plum running behind. I can smell the scent of the apple orchards and see the old, familiar house that draws people in and makes them want to stay forever.
Veronica Henry has put together a large cast of characters and a location that spring to life on the pages. The heart of the story is a family feud which splits generations and creates a backstory full of secrets, grief, and heartache.
The story draws you in from the first page, keeps you guessing and leaves you sad when it has to end. I invested in the lives of cousins Tab and Georgia, not to mention Georgia’s parents and I wanted to know more about the love story between Joy and Matthew.
It is like a jigsaw of people and you try to see where ever piece (or person) fits in. The Melchoir/ Culbone family tree is intertwined and full of secrets, but the writing is so skilled that it flows beautifully. I loved all the ancient crafts that feature in the book, the Somerset location and I can just imagine the taste of refreshing organic cider.
About The Author
Veronica Henry has worked as a scriptwriter for THE ARCHERS, HEARTBEAT and HOLBY CITY amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She won the 2014 RNA NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD for A NIGHT ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Veronica lives with her family in a village in north Devon.
Find out more at www.veronicahenry.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @veronica_henry