Dragonfly farm has been a home and haven for generations of Melchior’s – rivals to the Culbones, the family who live on the other side of the river. Life there is dedicated by the seasons and sider-making, and everyone falls under its spell. For cousins Tabitha and Georgia, it has always been a home from home. When a tragedy befalls their beloved Great-Uncle Mathew, it seems the place where they’ve always belonged might now be theirs… But the will reveals that a third of the farm has also been left to a Culbone. Gabriel has no idea why he’s been included, or what his connection to the farm- or the Melchiors- can be?
Tabitha has been living with her Great Uncle Gam for as long as she can remember, she can remember being there for him when her aunt passed away and going all the work on the farm as he became older. Georgia is Tabetha’s closest cousin who often visits the farm; however, things are cold between the two after a dispute during the last visit.
Tabetha is an independent woman who looks after the farm, making apple cider, working in a diner – double shifts and looking after her uncle. She is the fierce protagonist of this book. However, her whole world is shaken once her great uncle passes away, leaving a will in his place. Both Tabitha and Georgie are uncertain of who inherits the farm, as Tabitha now has nowhere else to go.
Not after she left her divorced parents, neither of whom want to take up the responsibility of their child.
The will leave both cousins shocked and confused, as they have each inherited and eighth of the farm, the last third has been given to a Culbone. Gabriel Culbone, an artisanal knives maker, lives in London with his wife Lola, a model, and his daughter, plum.
He has no idea why he was included in the will, having his own financial difficulties, the two families are faced with jeopardy, which is threatening to disturb their lives forever…
This has been one of the most complex books I have ever read! I was given this book when I was 11, as we didn’t know that it was intended for older readers. So, when I read it at first, I was very confused with the plot, as I contained many characters and certain concepts that I had not heard of. But over time I grew to love this book, even though I am a bit too young to read it.
A home from home is such a compelling story, threaded together with comedy and romance, resulting in a beautiful plot. Although I am a fan of fantasy, I have enjoyed reading the ups and down of the plot, which have given me a better understanding of real-life hardships.
“This where they belonged. Their Home.”
The plot of this book is filled with so many hardships, and problems, that sometimes it’s overwhelming, just reading the book and thinking about all this. A Home from Home has dark secrets lurking behind the apple trees and loves shining in the dark cellars.
I think Veronica Roth has done an amazing job, telling it as if it was rolling out in front of your eyes. As much as I would love for all readers to read this book, I must say that it is strictly for readers between the ages of 17 and older. Or you must be given parental consent to read. This book is romance, contemporary and fiction
Overall, I give A home From Home a five out of five, as it is a beautiful read, with sunshine, summer and secrets.
About the Author
Veronica Roth is the Sunday Times Bestselling author who has written over twenty novels. She was also a scriptwriter for many best-loved dramas such as “The Archers”, “Heartbeat” and “Holby City” before she turned to fiction. Currently, she lives in North Devon with three sons, “who come and go like the tide”, and she flips between walking on the beach, swimming in the sea and mixing killer negronis.