Welcome to Ballycove, the home of Corrigan Mills…
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.
There is nothing better than a wonderful story set in an idyllic location and this one ticked the boxes on both counts.
The story flicks between past and present with Miranda in her younger years and present day with alternating chapters between her and her adult children. I would say it focuses more on the women than Simon, the son and brother. He was a character that never really grew on me. He is a risk taker, more with other peoples money than his own and is like a young boy that has never really grown up. Expecting someone to always bail him out.
Without a doubt it’s the women that make this story for me. Miranda and Callie are quite similar with Ada being uptight and too sensible. Whilst Ada is at times, quite unlikable, there was something about her that kept drawing me to her. Callie and Miranda, I both loved. In a way they are both more free spirited. I instantly liked both characters and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them better.
Corrigan Mills, whilst a business, there is a family feel about it which is something that Miranda is very focused on. In a way the whole story centres around it, without it ever getting in the way of the characters own stories. It’s just gently there in the background and you can’t help but get a homely feel from it all.
The Place We Call Home is a wholesome, engaging read, focusing on relationships in one family unit. It’s a story that I couldn’t help devour but at the same time I wanted to try and make it last for as long as I could as I was enjoying the trials and tribulations of this family’s life far to much. It’s a lovely gentle read of which the author’s writing has you hooked and not wanting to put it down anytime soon. The ending especially was more than a tad emotional but it left me with a wonderful array of emotions.
My thanks to the author and Aria Fiction for a readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Faith Hogan is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of five contemporary fiction novels. Her books have featured as Book Club Favorites, Net Galley Hot Reads and Summer Must Reads. She writes grown up women’s fiction which is unashamedly uplifting, feel good and inspiring.
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!