Like all Carole Matthews books this one welcomes you from the first page, and you'll soon find yourself lost within the story. The book was filled with such warm characters who I fell in love with from the moment I started getting to know their story.
We meet Ayesha who makes the brave decision to leave an unhappy relationship, and in the dead of night flees her home town to start a new life in London with her daughter. When she gets to her new accommodation she meets three new fabulous friends who support her as her new journey begins in the shadow of her past.
I really bonded with the character of Ayesha despite us coming from completely different worlds; she was so strong and was able to remain positive in adverse conditions. I also really liked the character of Crystal who was so bubbly it was infectious, and seems like the perfect friend to have to help lift your spirits when you're feeling down as Ayesha sometimes was.
The house they all lived in seemed to be such a wonderful retreat from real life, and I loved reading about how lucky Ayesha was to have found herself in such a caring, supportive new home.
There are some dark topics in this book; from domestic violence and death to anxiety; but the overwhelming vibe throughout the story is one of positivity.
Like all Carole Matthew's books, this will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy, and is a book you will be sad to finish.
The back page 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.
Title: A Place To Call Home
Author: Carole Matthews
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