I was contacted by the Blackbird Publishing to review Homecoming, and the description sounded quite appealing, and it was also quite a short read, so it was nice to break up some of the heavier stuff I had been reading. It was an OK book, I think it’s very difficult to fit everything you want to say into such a short title, so you can’t drag anything out for too long.
Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:
About The Book
‘Homecoming’ by Tanya Bullock
Rosie and Tom belong together.
For too long, war and its devastating aftermath have kept them apart.
Now that Tom has finally returned home, Rosie hopes that they will be able to put the past behind them.
But when a mysterious sequence of events unfolds, their love is put to the test once more.
With a shocking secret hanging heavily over their relationship…
With circumstances conspiring against them at every turn…
Rosie and Tom find themselves caught up in the biggest battle of their lives.
Will their demons ultimately consume them?
Or will love conquer all in the end?
Homecoming is a romance novella following the lives of Rosie and Tom living in a nursing home who believe they are in love, but through their dementia, have gotten slightly confused. The story explores how they are forced apart from each other in the home, but still try, with the assistance of one of the nurses, to see each other secretly. It was quite a predictable romance, even with it’s slight twist, and the ending was neither climactic nor descending. The plot line seemed quite flat, although it all seemed fairly logically planned and the characters were quite sweet and well developed for such a short novel.
It was difficult to become fully attached to any of the characters because of the length of the book, but I thought Rosie was quite a sweet character, and Gemma, one of the nurses, had a fiery streak in her. As far as they were developed, the characters could have been real, but as far as the storyline went, it was just a bit dry and dull, which lets it down. The best parts of the book were where Rosie had flashbacks to her past, sneaking off with Tom and eventually getting married, despite the approval of her parents. The book didn’t really strike up any emotions with me, there wasn’t anything particularly funny or sad about it, and I think the only reason I kept reading on was because I knew I could probably manage the whole book in one sitting.
If you like short romances, novellas and such, then you could possibly enjoy this, but as I far as my opinion is concerned, I think the description boosts Homecoming up to be something that it’s not, which is unfortunate.
My Rating: 2.5 Muffins out of 5
Where To Buy
If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):
Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)