Afternoon lovelies. I hope you’re all having a lovely Sunday! Today I’m delighted to be one of the closing stops, and brining you a review, on the blog tour for The Place We Call Home by Faith Hogan. A lovely tale of family, loss, love and home……
Welcome to Ballycove, the home of Corrigan Mills…
Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Irish countryside the famed mills have created the finest wool in all of Ireland. Run by the seemingly perfect Corrigan family, but every family has its secrets, and how the mills came to be the Corrigan’s is one of them…
Miranda and her husband were never meant to own the mills, until one fateful day catapults them into a life they never thought they’d lead.
Ada has forever lived her life in her sister’s shadow. Wanting only to please her mother and take her place as the new leader of the mill, Ada might just have to take a look at what her heart really wants.
Callie has a flourishing international career as a top designer and a man who loves her dearly, she appears to have it all. When a secret is revealed and she’s unceremoniously turfed out of the design world, Callie might just get what’s she’s been yearning for. The chance to go home.
Simon has always wanted more. More money, more fame, more notoriety. The problem child. Simon has made more enemies than friends over the years, and when one of his latest schemes falls foul he’ll have to return to the people who always believe in him.
Ballycove isn’t just a town in the Irish countryside. It isn’t just the base of the famous mills. It’s a place to call home.
Best-selling author, Faith Hogan returns with a family tale of love, loss, secrets and finding yourself.
This is a beautiful family saga that spans many years and generations, and I thoroughly enjoyed every second.
The story follows the Corrigan family and is told through a duel timeline. We meet Miranda when she is just a young girl and grow with her and her family. But the story of her life is woven fantastically throughout the book, leaving you in anticipation as you read, culminating in a satisfying ending. We learn of her loves and losses, and are able to fall in love with this amazing character who is strong, kind, thoughtful and selfless.
We meet her children Ada, Simon and Callie who are all very different. Ada is the straight laced, serious daughter who desperately wants to take over the family mill one day. Married but not particularly happy, she is envious of her younger sister Callie, who in her eyes, has it all. Simon is a nightmare ~ never really wanting to work, pursing rich heiresses and getting himself involved in schemes which result in him burning many bridges, he is manipulative and will seemingly do anything to get what he wants. And Callie ~ the darling of the family. She is lovely, but has her own secrets that no-one knows. Famous in the fashion industry, she finds herself pushed out of London and the fashion scene with nowhere to go but home.
We also meet Paddy, Miranda’s husband (who is a wonderful man), Richard Blair who’s family originally owned the mills and a large estate in Ballycove, and his son David Blair, who plays an important part of the future.
The characters really do make this story. You will have your own feelings towards each one, but the powerful thing about this story is the impact family and home has on each one of them. With them all back in Ballycove, they each need to discover and find who they really are, and this beautiful village and their family help them do this. It was lovely and heartwarming to see these adults grow into themselves.
There are some emotional moments and I could feel what the characters were feeling, bringing out all sorts of emotions ~ happiness, frustration, anger, bewilderment and shock. Hogan has a fantastic way with words, and this felt like a hug in a book!
So beautifully written, enjoyable and heartwarming to read, this book is definitely recommended by me; and I can’t wait to read more beautiful books from this author.
about the author
Faith’s latest book, The Place We Call Home is published in January 2020.
She writes crime fiction as Geraldine Hogan – Her Sisters Bones is available now!
Faith gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Degree from University College, Galway.
She is currently working on her next novel. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She’s a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger – except of course when it is raining!
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Have a wonderful Sunday and I’ll be finally be back shortly with my June Round Up!!