by Harriet Evans

October 2006
ISBN: 1-4165-0395-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Downtown Press
Trade Paperback

Lizzy Walter is going home for Christmas. She’s heading back to her family home, Keeper House. It holds a lot of memories for Lizzy and her family and she enjoys spending the holidays with her loved ones there in the warm comfort of home. Not only is the family (Mum and Dad, sister Jess, cousin Tom, Aunt Kate, Aunt Chin) there, but, unexpectedly, Lizzy’s ex-boyfriend, David, the love of her life, has made a stop back to the hometown from his life in New York. Seeing David is wrenching for Lizzy, but she is about to discover it’s not the only surprise in store for her holidays.

The biggest, and worst, surprise of them all is when Lizzy’s dad informs the family they have to sell the house. Sell the beautiful, beloved and ancestral home? The thought is appalling. Not even the appearance of Lizzy’s Uncle Mike and his new wife (yet another unwelcome surprise) Rosalie is enough to take dull the pain of losing the family home.

But Lizzy has to move on with life right? She just can’t bury her head in the sand like she wants to. As Lizzy attempts to find ways to save the home, she learns some more unwelcome news about the family. Will it sever an already precarious situation?

Men, family, life, and love prove to be hardships Lizzy is about to face head-on. Can she handle the pressure? Will she discover that home doesn’t necessarily always mean a solid dwelling, but rather, a comfortable place in the heart?

Going Home is a pretty solid read. Harriet Evans has created a likable, warmhearted and folly-ridden character that is endearing without being overly dramatic. The major flaw to this story is that there are way too many mini-plotlines that Lizzy is involved in. It gets too complicated and halfway through, readers are likely to get a tad fed up and just skip to the end. However, Going Home still has a lot going for it.

For readers who like family-oriented dramas, you’ll enjoy meeting the Walter family. Lizzy in particular is smart, sassy and a bit brokenhearted which makes her a character anyone can identify with. Added to that, she’s not career-dumb. Lizzy has a lot going on for her, unlike so many other chick-lit type protagonists.

Going Home gets a bit bogged down in the middle, but if you stick it out to the end, you’ll find yourself enjoying a pleasant and comforting read.

Reviewed in September 2006 by Sarah.

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