The Promise of Home by Australian author Nicola Marsh is a beautiful rural story of soul-searching and love.
Karlana Vogel lives in the beautiful Victorian seaside town of Acacia Haven. Her parents died when she was a baby and her grandfather Jeremiah moved to the small town to raise her.
He opened the local real estate agency and when Karly became older, she started working for her pop. As Jem considers retirement, Karly wonders how she can carry on the family legacy on her own.
Hudson Grenville a leader in real estate from Melbourne is cut-throat and likes to get what he wants. He has come from nothing and has worked hard all his life to become the successful millionaire he is today.
When he hears about Jem’s retirement, he has his eyes set on taking Vogel’s real estate agency over but when arriving in Acacia Haven he knows he has a fight on his hands to convince Karly. Upon their first meeting, the chemistry between Hudson and Karly is undeniable.
The flirting, and the growing affection kicked this romance up a notch in my opinion. I thought Karly jumped to conclusions at times without allowing Hudson to explain and doubting his intentions. He may be hard-headed in business but has a heart of gold when it comes to his vision of a housing project for homeless children.
Karly is stubborn and doesn’t want to let go making the deal complicated. At the age of sixty-nine Jem is ready to move on with his life, especially since he has been secretly dating Heidi a widower, who runs the Kick Knack Shop.
I love the small country town feel in novels with a close-knit community, a place where everyone knows everyone and teeming with those who rely on each other. Nicola’s characters are well rounded and believable. She always finds a redeeming value in each of them, the villain included, and this makes all of them quite human and espouses the finest of human values.
The themes are intelligently woven into the story and there is a striking balance when it comes to character, setting, and the twists that come along the way in the plot.
Readers will walk the path of love, compassion, and patience. The Promise of Home is one of those stories to read with the heart. I highly recommend it.
Thank you, Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins Publishers for the opportunity to read and review.
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My love of books started at a very young age. My mum has always been a reader and encouraged me to read, buying me endless book from classic fairy tales advancing to the world of Enid Blyton, CS Lewis, Louisa May Alcott, Kathryn Kenny, Carolyn Keene, Francine Pascal. In my adult years the list of authors is endless and every room in my house is filled with books.
One of my favourite novels is Narnia which has always has a special place in my heart. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1978 and when I was given this book to read it let me escape to another world where I felt like I was in the book with all the characters, it wasfun and exciting to escape from reality and eased the ups and downs of the disease at such a young age.
In books nothing is impossible and there is endless potential and hundreds of places to explore or being taken to places that are only made up from the authors’ great minds, the past and future to navigate, characters lives you step into taking you on an emotional rollercoaster ride or being scared out of your wits. I can experience things that I can’t in real life because they’re not possible or real. It challenges my perspective and mindset expanding my worldview.
I find joy, comfort and peace with books, many people may not get it, but I know bookworms like me truly understand. Reading makes my heart happy.