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Feature book: Take Me Home

18 August 2021

Take Me Home by Karly Lane

Subgenre: rural romance
Release date: 4 May 2021
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: ebook and print
Length: 344 pages
RRP: $14.19 (ebook); $29.99 (print)

Karly Lane has taken a slight turn from her usual rural romance with Take Me Home. But have no fear, snatch this up asap if you like Karly’s writing. It is a lovely book that will take your heart very early and hook you till the end.

Red-headed Elle has a tough time in her family. She has high achieving parents and siblings, but she really hated studying at university. All she wanted to do was art, which was deemed an entirely unsuitable way to make a living. Her mother in particular has hounded her constantly about getting a proper job, especially since Elle moved back home and is working ‘temporarily’ in the local supermarket. The nice thing is she actually enjoys the supermarket, it’s not a drudge job. She has a chat with all the locals as she adds up their groceries, and enjoys the company of her co-workers (but not her puffed-up boss).

As it turns out, the fact Elle hasn’t really got a high-powered job turns out to be a good thing. Her grandmother dies, which gives Elle a lot of grief. Their relationship was lovely, and they used to talk about visiting her grandmother’s native land, Scotland, all the time. All. The. Time. It was so apparent to Elle that her grandmother wanted to travel back to her homeland, but it never came to pass. She strangely never talked much about her family, which puzzled Elle, but her desire to visit was always very strong.

Her grandmother’s final wish is for her ashes to be taken back to Scotland, and Elle is the one who is ‘free’ to do so.

The relationship between Elle and her grandmother is unusual, as we discover through the book. And challenging, as her grandmother urges her to follow her heart, not the dictates of other people. That trip together to Scotland never came to be, life and such got in the way. But now Elle finds herself winging her way to Scotland, her grandmother’s ashes in hand. What a poignant task.

To her astonishment she has an instant connection with her grandmother’s Scottish family. Always a bit different in her own family, Elle suddenly finds she is not so different in this extended family. They welcome her with equally fiery red hair and open arms. It’s astonishing how much Elle feels like she finally ‘belongs’ somewhere. Her new cousins also display lovely arty talent, they run an art and craft shop, and encourage Elle to do some paintings for their stock. It’s almost overwhelming for Elle to think that her ‘art’ might be something sellable and special, not just a useless, time-wasting hobby.

A big chunk of this book is given to the reason why Elle’s grandmother Iona never really wanted to return to see the family in Scotland. Your heart will break as Karly Lane gives us a slow reveal of her past. As to Iona—there is a little bit of poetic licence taken with the relationship she has with Elle. Fun and touching. Just go with the flow and enjoy it.

If that isn’t enough, Karly’s given us a rather nice lawyer-turned-farmer called Stuart, who livens up the romance side of things considerably in the second half.

This is a beautiful book about family who can love fiercely yet still misunderstand each other. It’s about forgiveness and finding oneself. The breathtaking Scottish background is almost a character in itself, hello old friend, one you’ll welcome and thoroughly enjoy, especially if you’ve visited Edinburgh and the other places Elle travels. Nothing like a bit of armchair travel in lockdown. The romance is a wonderful bonus, so charming and utterly captivating.

So many things to enjoy in this book. Thanks, Karly Lane.

reviewed by Malvina

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

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