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The homecoming / Rosie Howard.
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9780749022129

9780749022839
Edition:
First edition.
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London : Allison & Busby, 2018.
Physical Description:
382 pages ; 23 cm
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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.
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Summary

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.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Anglophiles will enjoy Howard's well-rounded contemporary, the first in her Havenbury series. Maddy returns to the English market town of Havenbury Magna-three years after fleeing college with an undiagnosed case of PTSD, a metal plate in her ankle, and no clear memory of the traumatic incident-after Patrick, her honorary godfather and the local publican, suffers a heart attack. She assumes management of the pub, but complications ensue when she reinjures her leg. Her mother, Helen, arrives to help Patrick convalesce, despite their difficult, unexplained history. Meanwhile, Maddy develops a mutual attraction with Patrick's 32-year-old friend Ben, a psychologist and college lecturer. Ben specializes in PTSD and pulls back from their burgeoning relationship for ethical reasons after recognizing the magnitude of her symptoms; other obstacles follow. Howard (Never Marry a Politician, written as Sarah Waights) introduces a substantial cast of characters with ease and successfully juggles the various narrative threads: the pub's future, Maddy's mental health and business prospects, Helen's secrets, and how it all affects a romantic partnership with Ben. This successful entry bodes well for the series. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Howard's first installment in her "Havenbury" series follows Maddy's return to the village she fled a few years ago after a traumatic event. She has returned to help her godfather, Patrick, as he can't run his pub while he recovers from a heart attack. Maddy works to keep the pub going as she contends with her own anxiety and issues as well as the plans of the pub's greedy landlord. She also meets ex-army psychologist Ben, a trauma specialist intrigued by Maddy. Narrator Emma Powell provides a gentle reading for the various characters and narrative threads. This tale of friendships, self-discovery, trust, and romance is an enjoyable listen. VERDICT Fans of English village fiction and love stories will relish this well-written title.-Denise Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.