I am really pleased to be taking park in the blog tour for Penny Parkes new book home. As you'll see below I really loved this book so much so it is a strong contender for my book of the year.
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.
I love Penny Parkes books. I pretty much binge read her previous series back to back and was therefore incredibly excited when a review copy of home arrived onto my kindle like a special treat.
I absolutely adored this book. It was so heartfelt and thoughtful. If you need something that is going to make you really feel something this book is absolutely the place to start.
I loved the idea of the main storyline and how the main character was a house sitter with no real roots. I really enjoyed getting to know Anna who was oh so relatable but also someone who you just wanted to pick out of the story and give a hug to especially as you get more into the why and wherefores of why she and why she chose to live the way she did.
One theme this book covers so very well is that of friendship and how those special friends in our lives can become the family we chose and deserved that title in some case far more than blood relatives. I particularly loved Anna friendship with her best friend because of just how supportive and lovely they were of each other. All two often adult friendships can be a touch negative in fiction and it was lovely to see two friends who clearly loved and supported each other as much as they did.
All in all this book was so brilliantly done and the best Penny Parkes to date. It is definitely one of those books that I'll continue to recommend and buy copies of for people for years to come