Sometimes your name can dictate where your home is meant to be.
The Culbones have always lived in Rushbrook House, across the brook from them is Dragonfly Farm home to the Melchiors. The well to do, rich, higher in society than the rundown farm and the farmers across the water.
The differences between the families goes back years but the feud is still very much in the present and when events unfold after the death of Matthew Melchior it seems perhaps a bridge can be built between these families.
Tabitha and Georgia are Matthew’s great nieces who assume that their Great Uncle Matthew will have left the farm to Tabitha if not both of them. It has been their haven when they were growing up and Tabitha’s home for a long time. The life line she needed to survive.
But Matthew has a surprise for them – the farm is to be split into three. The other benefactor is a Gabriel Culbone.
Why would a Melchior leave something to a Culbone?
Gabriel Culbone is none the wiser and knows nothing of Matthew’s existence or the farm. His mother is no help and his grandmother is in a rapid decline from dementia.
Will the secrets that are revealed through both families go some way to start building bridges?
This book drew me in straight away, two seemingly separate storylines, both fascinating and in contrast to each other were at some point going to have to intertwine – I couldn’t see how (this is sign of a good writer in my humble opinion) and when they did more questions were raised than answered.
There is a lot to take in with the book, especially when you get to all the family relations but as we go back in time to see what happened to more than one of the present characters at no time does it become confusing. There is so much to learn and piece together it will have you reading well past your bedtime.
A family saga set in Somerset, with secrets, cider, romance, friendship, new beginnings and a place for everyone to call home.
A fine example of Veronica Henry’s work which I have been reading for a long while and they keep getting better and better.
Thank you to the publisher via netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.
A Home from Home is published on 25 July.