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Feature book: Home Truths

9 December 2015

Home TruthsHome Truths by Louise Forster

While slaving far away from her Australian family, Jennifer Dove, go-getter and London-based chef, has a dream of owning her own restaurant. She loves her sister Sofie and niece Claudia, tolerates her always-in-trouble brother Bret, adores her uncle Bob but doesn’t see eye-to-eye with her parents. She had a boyfriend, Vladimir, but that relationship is over now. Uncle Bob’s unexpected death has Jennifer travelling back to Tumble Creek, Australia. The people that she meets there provide a catalyst for her life change and the chance to realise her dreams.

Calum McGregor is an electrician, runs a cattle stud and generally turns his hand to anything. He also wears a mean kilt (you get to find out what he wears under it too) and plays an obnoxious bagpipe (it was loud and relatively early in the day). But he’s a gentleman, if somewhat forward. He loves his grandmother Connie and his sister Michelle. Calum is a bit of a knight in shining armour, stepping in to protect Jennifer from some debt collectors (whether she wants him to or not), and he provides Bret with a new purpose in life.

Jen and Calum have a slightly at odds relationship. There’s banter and some friction from a little pride and some mouth-engaged-before-brain-in-gear comments. They sizzle though, and the sex is a little wild—the gotta-have-it kind against walls and that of a complicated engagement in a cupboard. Jen thinks she has to go back to London though, and she leaves Calum abruptly; although, he continues to prove himself a gentleman. The lure of family and Calum has Jennifer re-evaluating her dreams and the possibility of a return to Tumble Creek.

This book has everything including fluffy pink stiletto slip-ons, doesn’t take itself too seriously (window-wiping undies), spins a fun yarn with some slapstick (the burning toaster incident), some mostly-retired Russian spies, some underworld dealings, a crazy family, a hidden room and small town charm. Phew, it sounds over-the-top, but it’s a fun read. There’s not too much angst even with a Goth teen (Claudia) and Uncle Bob’s passing. These two are some of my favourite characters. There’s also a parade of hot men in kilts to enjoy. The heroine was ditzy on occasion, but jet lag and exploding power points will do that to a woman. It’s humorous and easy to read. Enjoy.

Reviewed by Gina

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

  1. Malvina permalink
    9 December 2015 3:05 pm

    I think that last paragraph of the review is gold. Enough to sell me the book! Looks like great fun.

    • 9 December 2015 5:55 pm

      Thank you Malvina. Hope you enjoy reading Home Truths as much as I enjoyed writing it 😄

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  3. 9 December 2015 8:50 am

    Loved your review, Gina. 😄 Thank you so much!

    • Gina permalink
      10 December 2015 8:52 pm

      Lucy, it was a pleasure, Home Truths was such a fun read.

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