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Summary

A gripping and heartfelt story about overcoming the past and finding where you belong.

Anna Wilson travels the world as a professional housesitter - stepping into other people’s lives - caring for their homes, pets and sometimes even neighbours. Living vicariously.

But all Anna has ever really wanted is a home of her own - a proper one, filled with family and love and happy memories. If only she knew where to start.

Growing up in foster care, she always envied her friends their secure and carefree lives, their certainty and confidence. And, while those same friends may have become her family of choice, Anna is still stuck in that nomadic cycle, looking for answers, trying to find the courage to put down roots and find a place to call home.

Compelling, rich and evocative, Home is Anna’s journey to discovering that it isn’t where you settle down that matters, but the people you have around you when you do.

©2021 Penny Parkes (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, UK

Critic reviews

"Moving, hopeful and heartfelt... an ideal book group read." (AJ Pearce)

"A gorgeous, thoughtful read." (Catherine Isaac)

"As heartbreaking as it is uplifting, this book wouldn’t leave me. I loved it." (Katie Fforde)

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Best book in a long time

I found it hard not to continuously listen to this book well into the night.. it was well written and the way thoughts and feelings were described made me reassess my own life.
Definitely worth a read.

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  • Em
  • 10-07-21

Love this book

I have read all the books by this author and loved each one, so was so pleased to find this latest book, but also interested as it is different from her Larkford series. It was even better than her others, a great read, I felt so attached to the characters, just need another one now!

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fantastic

what a wonderful story...

amazing narration of fabulous characters

can't wait for another Penny Parkes.

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Fantastic

I wasn’t sure about this to start with but soon found myself utterly sucked in with this book of charming characters. I identified with Anna far more than I care to admit. Can’t rate this high enough!

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What does home mean?

I really enjoyed this. In spite of the switching timelines you could feel the main character grow.

Anna, the main character, has been moulded by her childhood. We follow her on her nomadic journey as she tries to overcome her fear of making a choice until she finds a place to call home and the courage to put down roots.

Abandoned by her parents, she’s cruelly ripped from a sympathetic foster carer, only to move from one foster home to another, with varying success. She not finds peace in books. This transient childhood sets her up as a perfectionist house sitter, who looks after the homes and animals of people on holiday, while she harbours an ambition to write.

The women are mostly sympathetically portrayed. Academically talented, Anna develops a strong friendship bond with Kate, her university roommate. Margery, her first foster mother and her namesake and Anna, an elderly lady she meets through a tragic accident both shape her emotional blossoming. Kate’s mother and her school teacher support her academic ambitions. And Callie, a troubled young woman who sparks Anna’s empathy, helps Anna to appreciate the possibility of a different sort of family.

Men generally fare less well. From her father who left her feeling she wasn’t enough, to a foster parent and her first love Max, they all turn out to be callous characters that use and abuse her. Only Henry, a young man she meets while home-sitting, and Alex, Kate’s brother, are sympathetically drawn.

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The richness of friendship

A fabulous book. Ups and downs, fun and laughter, heartache and more. I loved this book. It touched on every emotion and told of how precious friendship is. A must read book.

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Exceptional

This book is extremely well written. I could not put this book down. I am really looking forward to finding more books from this author. More please!

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  • 05-04-22

I couldn’t stop listening

I listened to this book fully in about 3 days. I listened through work and at every chance I got. What an uplifting story about making and choosing your own family. I love Anna!!!