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    Ireland is a Character

    The Place We Call Home is a family saga, it's about one's place in the family and what it means to belong...or not. The way the characters interacted, the story flowed from past to present and from character to character was done so well. The plot moved at a pace that worked for the story being told. Of course I wanted more answers, but I was understanding of these mother child relationships that included their own personal relationships and how they navigated them. Faith Hogan wrote a book that is beautiful and well told. The message about relationships and attraction really hit home. Ms. Hogan has a way with words and is gifting us with another book that details the flaws in humans and how we can react to them and process them. Be prepared to feel and learn all at once. Loving and hating the characters in this story will be a journey in itself.
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    Highly recommended

    A great saga that kept me hooked till the last page. It's engrossing and enjoyable, full of emotions and it never bores. I loved the great cast of characters, the vivid setting and the well crafted plot. It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last. Highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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    A Fantastic Read!

    Such a fantastic read! It's no wonder that Faith Hogan is one my very favourite authors! Miranda has lived in Ballycove all her life, and has never wanted to live anywhere else. Her life has panned out differently from what she expected, but Miranda wouldn't have it any other way. She is now approaching a time when she should give up work, but only one of her three children wants to follow in her footsteps; Miranda is not convinced that she will keep the successful business thriving, and every local family depends on the income provided to keep food on the table. What is she to do? This is a wonderfully warm family saga from an author who really understands what makes each and every one of us tick. Creating fabulously diverse characters she does justice to the wonderful Irish countryside, incorporating all the beautiful scenery into this story. Told both in the present and in the past, we learn about all the trials and tribulations Miranda has survived and all about her children, who she knows and understands much better than they realise. A terrifically rounded tale, and wholly complete which ends in the most perfect fashion, I loved everything about this novel and really cannot recommend it, or anything else by this author, highly enough. A full five shining stars - and it deserves each and every one.
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    A good read.

    Really enjoyed this book. Once you get into each characters story it's very interesting. A good read.
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    An very enjoyable family saga set in Ireland

    Faith Hogan is fast becoming an auto-buy for me, I just love the story and characters in her books, always something to keep you riveted. This book is set in Ireland around a wollen mill, so being of Irish descent and loving anything wool/yarn related this was a no-brainer for me! Miranda was the glue of the whole story, the matriarch of Corrigan Mills, who ran everything with a wise but very people orientated way about her, and let her children have their own way, but just to a certain extent. I really enjoyed the back and forth in the story between the past, when Miranda was younger, and the present day, when she was older/having a few health problems/trying to decide on her successor at Corrigan Mills. Miranda's husband, and her childrens Father, Paddy, had died many years ago and Miranda was left to rescue the finances of Corrigan Mills. It was a shame as I really liked Paddy's character, and wish we'd heard more about him. Miranda had three children, Ada, Simon & Callie. Ada was very irritating, such a closed off cranky sort of character that, even though I knew she had certain issues going on, I just couldn't warm to her and she just annoyed me throughout the book. Simon again was a freeloading charmer, who waltzed through life hoping the next big 'deal' was going to make him a millionaire and living off the goodwill of his rich friends in the meantime. Callie was my favourite, I loved her character - well apart from the 10 year affair she was having with a married man! The story flipped back and forth between when the Mills were owned by the Blairs, and Miranda's friendship with the Mill owners grandson, Richard, over the years. How Miranda and her husband Paddy came to run and eventually own the Mills and just the lives of everyone around, including Richard's son who came back to Ballycove looking for some peace after a divorce. A really lovely family story set over the years, with everyone eventually working through their own issues and finding new paths, either in a new direction entirely or returning to their old home. Very enjoyable.

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