Catherine Jones comes to the blog with a story of challenges, family, second chances and finding your own recognition with
Homes and Hearths in Little Woodford
Gordon and Maxine are now retired in the home of their dreams: one that they scrimped and saved to own and have things now JUST to their liking now that their difficult daughter is living in London. They’ve got a routine and a schedule, and frankly – don’t give a damn who likes it or not. Between his golf and gardening and her watercolors club, book club and volunteering: their days are full, their nights are quiet, and they are content, thank you very much.
But quietly wandering through their days is not to be for these two with their daughter and her partner ‘staying for a bit’ as their new cottage in Little Woodford is undergoing renovations, Max’s sister is in the midst of a divorce, and finally, Gordon’s mother had a fall and needs full-time care. It’s not long before Max, having lost her quiet moments, her shed where she painted and any semblance of “help” around the house that she puts her foot down and leaves. Leaving Gordon and her daughter to manage cooking, cleaning and care for her mother-in-law. Unbeknownst to her, Max’s friends are pushing forward with her ‘sketches’ and getting together an exhibition to ‘show her ungrateful family’ that she has talent and skill, far beyond cooking, cleaning and caring.
Max and her frustrations with EVERYONE were easy to relate to, and her daughter’s snappish temperament, her husband’s need to ‘keep peace’ , her mother-in-law and her needs and judgment were straws that weighed heavily on her. And while we all know that we’d HOPE to have support and help when the chips are down, it’s often the woman of the house who has to make dramatic changes to demand her own space and respect before it is given. A little different, with funny and heartwarming moments in between the every-single ‘worst case scenario’ that happens, the story is a solid read and full of hope: a great escape to a small village where family and friends are often the saving grace in difficult times.
Title: Homes and Hearths in Little Woodford
Author: Catherine Jones
Genre: British, Contemporary Woman's Fiction, Family Saga, Friendship, Humor elements, Romantic Elements, Setting: Britain, Small Town, Sociological Relevancy
Published by: Aria
Published on: 23 July, 2020
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Gordon and Maxine's dreams of a blissful life of gardening, pub lunches and quiet retirement in the charming market town of Little Woodford are ruined when three very demanding members of their family come home.
First up is daughter Abi and her unassuming partner Marcus. Abi is determined to move back to Little Woodford and only the perfect house will do. What could be better than parking with Mum and Dad, while she drives local estate agents and builders mad?
Then comes Judith, Maxine's high-flying sister. A crisis has driven her, sobbing, to Little Woodford. Surely Gordon and Maxine have room for her to stay while she sorts things out?
Lastly, the mother-in-law from hell, Anthea, has a fall in her rambling old house. After a spell in hospital, it looks as if there is only one place she can go...
Never mind bliss, there is no peace to be had! Can Gordon and Maxine find a way to restore harmony in their home?
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.