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The Homecoming

The Homecoming

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2000s: Going back home is never easy…

  • ISBN: 978-0749022129
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

Maddy fled the idyllic market town of Havenbury Magna three years ago, the scene of a traumatic incident she revisits most clearly in her dreams. Even so, when she is called back to help at the Havenbury Arms when her godfather Patrick suffers a heart attack, she is unprepared for the welter of emotions her return provokes. Psychologist and ex-army officer Ben is sure he can help Maddy to resolve her fears, until he finds himself falling for her, and struggling with a recently uncovered family secret of which Maddy is blissfully unaware. Then Maddy’s mother, Helen, arrives and Patrick himself must confront a few uncomfortable truths about his history and the pub’s future.

Travel Guide

Sussex – Arundel

The fictional world of Havenbury is based on the market town of Arundel and its surrounding villages where the author has lived since childhood.

Local readers of the Havenbury series – contemporary feel-good novels inhabiting a world which is like the love child of The Archers and Twin Peaks – will be able to recognise many of the features of the real Arundel, including the steep high street and the riverside.

In the Havenbury books, the castle at the top of the hill is a ruin, unlike in Arundel where the Castle – a magnet for tourists and a venue for the arts, including Shakespeare each summer – is also the home of the Duke of Norfolk and his family.



Booktrailer Review

Susan: @Thebooktrailer

A nice jaunty novel with a serious undertone. What must it be like to return to the village where your grandfather has a pub and then have to save it? Not easy not matter what kind of family you have -dysfunctional or not, and then what happens when you find out something you maybe shouldn’t have?

Nice characters and an interesting premise even if I didn’t agree with Maddy or her decisions at times. What she finds out though would knock anyone for six! A nice love interest adds intrigue but what stands out for me is the lovely appeal of Havenbury Magna itself and the writing which evokes it.

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  The Homecoming

Destination: Sussex, Arundel  Author/Guide: Rosie Howard  Departure Time: 2000s

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