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Reluctantly Home Kindle Edition
From the bestselling author of Where the Story Starts comes a tale about dealing with the past—and finally facing the future.
Pip Appleby seems to have it all, with her prestigious job as a human rights lawyer and her enviable London home. But then a tragic accident stops her life in its tracks, and in an instant everything changes. Retreating to her family’s rural farm and the humble origins she has been trying to hide, Pip is haunted by what she has done.
When she discovers the diary of actress Evelyn Mountcastle in a box of old books, Pip revels in the opportunity to lose herself in someone else’s life rather than focus on the disaster that is her own. But soon she sees parallels—Evelyn’s life was also beset by tragedy, and, like Pip, she returned to Southwold under a dark cloud.
When Pip and Evelyn’s paths cross in real life they slowly begin to reveal the hidden stories that are holding them back. Can they help each other forgive what happened in the past and, perhaps, find happiness in the future?
“Connected by loss, a friendship blooms across the generations in this compassionate and nuanced story of endings and new beginnings.” —Fiona Valpy, bestselling author of The Skylark’s Secret
“Imogen Clark is a master at creating flawed, real, loveable characters and exploring their emotions. This novel cleverly weaves together the past and present, and will leave you thinking about the story long after you finish the final page.” —Soraya M. Lane, bestselling author of Wives of War and The Last Correspondent
About the Author
Imogen Clark lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband and children. Her first burning ambition was to be a solicitor and so she read law at Manchester University and then worked for many years at a commercial law firm. After leaving her legal career behind to care for her four children, Imogen turned to her second love—books. She returned to university, studying part-time while the children were at school, and was awarded a BA in English Literature with first class honours.
Her first three novels, Postcards from a Stranger, The Thing About Clare and Where the Story Starts, have all reached the number 1 spot in the UK Kindle charts, and her books have been number 1 in Australia and Germany as well. She is also the author of a Christmas novella, Postcards at Christmas, which is a sequel to Postcards from a Stranger.
Imogen loves sunshine and travel and longs to live by the sea someday.
- ASIN : B08BL81X9Q
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (April 29, 2021)
- Publication date : April 29, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2512 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 322 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1542021200
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #391 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Middle of the road. Too much time is spent building up to the meeting, without really showing the outcome. A lot of telling, not showing. Pip and Evelyn had the potential to be more, but they felt quite passive in their own actions.
I listened to the audiobook, which wasn't bad. I kept getting distracted by the male voices. Overall a quality production, however. Easy to follow, even at 2x the speed.
And I do think the book was engaging on some level. I like being able to see characters overcoming obstacles. Tighter editing on timeline would have just made the arc more cohesive.
Imogen Clark is a true delight in a time of soppy happy ever after (waste of my time) literature.
Thank you Ms. Clark!
Top reviews from other countries
The writing style is awful beyond the power of polite prose to convey. The author must think the reading public are morons. There's accessible and there's patronising. Simple language can be beautiful, especially where the light surface covers a deeper profundity; not the case here at all. Not only is the language over-simple and without charm or nuance, but the author feels the need to explain again even simple sentences a child might grasp with ease.
Do yourself a favour: avoid this and read an author who will treat you like an intelligent adult.
It is a book about life’s experience and the way in which people deal with the hand they have been dealt. It is very empathetic to the trauma suffered by the characters. The author has a great deal of insight into her storyline and a delightful way of telling the tale. A nice happy ending too.