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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 novel was such a wonderful and leisurely read. There was no need to rush it or race through but it needed to be devoured and savored. The best way I can sum the writing style of this novel is that it resembles a Maeve Binchy novel and I mean that with very high praise as I love Binchy’s writing )I sincerely apologise if this causes offense).
The novel is told across a dual timeline. The past, when Miranda is younger, develops a story of a young girl growing into a woman. It is filled with heartbreak and joy but really sets out the path for our main protagonist Miranda and her life’s direction.
The present chapters are told from the viewpoint of The Corrigan family; Miranda, Simon, Ada and Cally and so begins a take of 4 individuals and their own lives but also how their lives entwine as they navigate their relationships with themselves, each other and Ballycove. The characters are all written so well, each with their own vulnerability and issues to work through. As a reader these characters were alive and in my heart. It’s obvious that developing the characters was a labour of love for Faith and they are alive with emotion and vibrancy.
The vivid setting description just blew me away from the opening paragraph and it continued throughout the novel. every curve, rise and fall of the landscape was described and the authors love for this place just shone through.
This is a wonderful book about families with a strong focus on relationships and character development that sucks you right in and makes you all cosy inside. Highly recommended.
Author Bio – Faith Hogan
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!