A big welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Coming Home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas.
Coming Home to Winter Island was published in eBook on 31st October 2019 with the paperback following on 12th December 2019, by Headline Books.
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 …
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A big thank you to Anne Cater and the publisher for issuing me with my review copy of the book and for inviting me to take part on the blog tour.
Aww Jo Thomas, how do you do it? As soon as I know there is a new Jo Thomas book, I know that I am going to absolutely love it and Coming Home to Winter Island is another stellar addition to her collection of beautiful and heart-warming books.
We follow Ruby Mac, a singer who is still waiting for her big chance along with her fellow band members – this is all about to change when a Talent Scout is going to be at their latest gig. Big things are going to happen and all the hard work over the years is hopefully going to pay off. Unfortunately things don’t go to plan and Ruby finds herself unable to do the easiest thing in the world for her – sing. Feeling devastated, she signs up to a yoga retreat abroad in the hope that some relaxation and rest over Christmas is just what she needs to get her hopes and dreams back on track..
Before she can go however, she receives a message from a solicitor regarding her late father and his family. Having never met her fathers family, she doesn’t know what to expect, especially when she is summoned to the small Scottish island of Geamhradh. Her grandfather Hector has dementia and it has been decided that he will need to leave the family home and move into a care home.
This proves to be harder than expected for Ruby as she arrives at Geamhradh and discovers the family home is a large and cold falling down house called Teach Mór along with a resident lodger, Lachlan, who isn’t going anywhere fast!
The spark that Ruby and Lachlan is evident from the moment they meet, they just don’t know it themselves and I loved how they sparred with each other. The more time Ruby spends at Teach Mór and getting to know her grandfather, the more she learns from his distant memories about her fathers childhood and why he never returned to the island.
The island itself, although isolated, sounds wonderful and you get the sense of a real community spirit despite times being hard for everyone.
I loved following Ruby through her journey and learning more about the family she knew so little about and also about herself. With her life almost being mapped out previously, it must have been strange for her to arrive on a Island, with no idea of what the future would hold.
Jo Thomas has succeeded in writing another winning story – I loved every page!
Highly recommended from me.
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About the Author
Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show.
In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award.
Jo lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband and three children.