I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Coming Home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas
Published by Headline Review on 12 December 2019
Genres: Chick-lit, Fiction
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Wrap up warm and explore the breath-taking beauty of a remote Scottish island and an old house waiting to unlock enchanting family secrets.
Do you need to find out where you've come from before you can know what the future holds?
Ruby's singing career is on the verge of hitting the big time, when her voice breaks. Fearing her career is over, she signs up for a retreat in Tenerife to recover.
But an unexpected call from a stranger on a remote Scottish island takes her on a short trip to sort out some family business. It's time to go and see the grandfather she's never met.
City girl Ruby knows she will be happy to leave the windswept beaches behind as quickly as she can, especially as a years-old family rift means she knows she won't be welcome at Teach Mhor.
But as she arrives at the big house overlooking the bay, she finds things are not as straightforward as she might have thought.
There's an unexpected guest in the house and he's not planning on going anywhere any time soon ...
Yep I’m reviewing a winterish story in summer. Although saying that Coming Home to Winter Island can be read at any time. You just might be wondering why you don’t have several layers on and a blanket wrapped around you…
Okay so this was not my favourite book that I’ve read this year but it was still pretty enjoyable. And it was a book I read in one sitting. Which is always an excellent sign.
For me I loved Ruby, and I could understand her decisions when it came to go to Winter Island and dealing with her Grandfather. She just wants to do what is best, however having never met this is a bit tricky to do.
And for this reason I loathed her boyfriend. He did not seem understanding or sympathetic. Instead focusing on the sole fact that Ruby was not singing and not going to a vocal retreat. Rather than understanding the healing that was actually happening. And understanding that this change of plans may be more healing than any retreat.
Then there is Hector, her grandfather. Who is just an old man that wants to stay at home. And he also causes some of the best scenes in the book that are filled with plenty of laughs and awkward moments for the people involved.
Then there is Lachlan. Who is staying as per the old man wishes but is there something more sinister happening?
For me Coming Home to Winter Island would have been perfect with a Hot Chocolate by my side and a blanket on my lap. It was beautiful, idyllic and gave me that warm, feel good feeling. With wonderful descriptions of the landscape and a place that would be amazing to visit. I enjoyed every moment and cannot wait to go back to Winter Island.