Feature book: Home Truths
Home 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.