Blurb:

In the dead of night, Ayesha takes her daughter, Sabina, and slips quietly from her home, leaving behind a life full of pain. Boarding a coach to London, all Ayesha wants is a fresh start.

 

Hayden, a former popstar, has kept himself hidden away for years. He's only opened up his home to two people - Crystal, a professional dancer with a heart of gold, and Joy, an ill-tempered retiree with a soft spot for waifs and strays. When Crystal asks Hayden if Ayesha and Sabina can stay with them, he reluctantly agrees and, as different as they may be, they quickly form an unlikely bond. So when enemies threaten their peaceful home, they will do all they can to save it and each other.

 

Uplifting and emotional, this is a novel of new beginnings, of discovering love and of finding A Place to Call Home.

A Place to Call Home - Carole Matthews

Source: Courtesy of Little Brown.

Review:

Oh wow!

 

Suffering years of mental and physical abuse at the hands of her husband. Ayesha slips quietly out of his life and home in Milton Keynes with daughter Sabina in the dead of the night. Taking a train to London she is hoping to take refuge in a women's centre unfortunately they are full. Put in part-time accommodation with Crystal a lodger at home of former pop god Hayden who is a friend of the refuge worker friendships are formed and this looks like it could be the start of something special, but for how long?

 

As always with a Matthews novel you are in no doubt stuck in between the pages from start to finish. With such a charm in her writing your heart strings are plucked repeatedly and you can't help, but fall in love. This to me is without a doubt Carole Matthews best book so far. I absolutely adored it. It is utterly breathtaking. So much care and attention to detail have been given. It's a roller coaster of emotions taking you on Ayesha's journey with her and you will always, always fear something with her giving you such a nervous suspense.

 

Characters have all been written with compassion and each have their own original stories. My personal favourite had to be Crystal. From the off, her huge heart and tell it how it is attitude made me so happy that Ayesha would have someone so savvy and street wise not only on side, but with her. She absolutely stole the show for me.

 

See the thing I like most of all about this book is the attention to detail that I mentioned slightly earlier. Carole has by no means held back and that for me allowed me to build up so much more tension, passion, anger, hatred, love throughout the pages. Bearing in mind that some of these situations are in no way means nice ones, but they are relevant and by taking the bull by the horns and submerging us in fully in the horror of those, she has been able to give us something so stunningly beautiful.

 

5/5

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