Popsugar Reading Challenge 2021 Book 30

Prompt- A book featuring three generations (grandparent, parent, child)

I hadn’t really got a plan for this prompt and then a secret book swap elf sent me a copy of Coming Home by Fern Britton. This is not a book I would have picked up otherwise but it fitted the prompt perfectly sonI gave it a go. One of the things I love about this challenge is that every year it makes me read books that I’m not necessarily drawn to and sometimes, like this one, they are really enjoyable reads.

What it’s about?

When the only place you want to be is home…

When Ella’s beloved grandmother dies, she comes back to the beautiful Cornish coast to heal her heart. There she finds her home again and discovers a new life, and new love… But she also opens a treasure trove of secrets.

Sennen left Cornwall a young single mum but unable to cope. She left her children, her family and part of her. She’s spent the years hiding from her past, hiding from herself.

Now it’s time to come back. To Cornwall. To face her mistakes. To pray for forgiveness. To hope for a future with her daughter.

What I think:

This is a great, heart-warming story.

What Fern Britton has done so well is created a character that you could really dislike and make her sympathetic and likeable.

The story involves three different timeliness and generations of the Tallon family. One introduces us to Bill and Adela and their romance and happy, bohemian, artistic marriage.

Their daughter is Sennen, an unhappy and lonely teenager. By the age of 17 she has two babies and refuses to reveal the father. Struggling to cope with A Levels and babies, Sennen runs away to Spain. And never returns to Cornwall.

Henry and Ella are Sennen’s children. Grown up and with lives of their own, they have been trying to find Sennen to resolve the finances of their grandparent’s will. It could also a be an opportunity to find out why their mother abandoned them and answer the many questions they have.

Sennen’s story unfolds slowly and the multiple timelines work well in creating sympathetic and complex characters.

This is a really emotional book. There is a lot of shame, anger and resentment, but also love and joy. Sennen’s choices are sometimes selfish and sometimes understandable. The book explores the complex relationships between parents and children and how they change and develop at different stages of their lives.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much u enjoyed this book. It’s perfect summer reading with lots of joyful moments and a happy ending.

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