Some families might look perfect from the outside, but spend enough time with them and dig deep enough and you’re sure to find the secrets that they hide, the resentments and hurts that lie not too far under the surface.
The Corrigan family of Ballycove own the wool mills and have done for many years. But the time is coming for the family matriarch Miranda to decide who will take over the mills when she is no longer running them. Faith Hogan has managed to weave her entire story around the mills in such a way that they become the heart and soul of this book. They take on a life of their own and are almost their own character – the mills are very much the vibrant centre of life in Ballycove both from a professional and communal perspective. The descriptions of life in a small Irish town are so vivid that readers can easily imagine themselves right there in the centre of it all.
The characters are all well portrayed, and described in-depth. The author has a gift for writing about the complexities and absurdities that come with being part of an influential family in a small town, where there are always expectations whether you care for them or not. You can leave, thinking that you can escape the family bonds that hold you to a place, but when circumstances land you back there and you’ve come full circle, you finally understand what home and family is all about.
Switching between past and present, you get to know about Miranda’s life growing up in Ballycove, and what has led her up to her current position in the town, making the decisions she needs to make that much more convoluted. Seeing her past leading up to where she is now just adds to the readers’ understanding of a multifaceted woman who knows that her decisions aren’t only ones that affect her and her own desires, but also all of those who depend on her to put food on their tables and rooves over their family’s heads.
A sweeping 4-star read that draws readers in and makes them feel part of the daily workings of the life of this Irish town. Many thanks to Sarah Hardy of Books on the Bright Side for inviting me on the tour. Take a look at what bloggers are saying about The Place We Call Home …
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.
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!