Home is where the heart is…but what if your heart is broken?
When Judith loses her partner, she loses her life in Malta too – including the beautiful view from her sun-warmed balcony of the sparkling blue waters of Sliema Creek.
Back in England, Judith finds a spare room in her sister’s house where she grew up – but with it comes a whole host of family dramas. Nursing a broken heart, Judith knows she must find happiness again – and rebuild her life on her own terms.
Could an island in the sun be the answer she is looking for?
Publishes on 19th August 2021
I received a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
As an avid reader of all books by Sue Moorcroft, I was delighted to hear of the re-release of Uphill All the Way – now titled A Home in the Sun. I cannot remember reading this book before, although there was a familiarity which could have been from a long time ago. Whether, or not, I had read it before, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Judith is an immediately likable character; she struggles with her own ethics as she discovers that her lover may not be the free agent that he initially presented himself as. However, she overlooks her doubts and focuses on the potential for happiness. Sadly, her happiness is short lived, and she finds herself back in the UK.
The focus switches to the challenges that Judith faces as she starts to reintegrate into her Northamptonshire life, and all that brings. A brow-beaten sister, ageing mother, bitter ex-husband, lovestruck former stepson, and a long-forgotten school crush, who is renting her house. There’s a lot going on in this book, yet everything moves at a satisfying pace. One could be forgiven for thinking that with so many elements, the story would be confusing, but Sue Moorcroft is a talented storyteller, and her skills are what make her style seem so effortless.
With so many thoughtfully created characters, it was hard to pick a favourite, but then, it was impossible not to pick the gorgeous Adam. He’s the kind of romantic hero that a reader dreams about. His strength is just what Judith needs to help her overcome her grief and to navigate her way through the hurdles that life throws in her way. Adam’s gentle nature brings about a healing of her damaged spirit, but I was left guessing as to whether, or not, he would be enough to bring her the security that she needed.
A Home in the Sun may be one of Sue’s earliest books, but her skill and depth of research are on show. Of course, she has first-hand knowledge of Malta from her childhood. Visiting Malta with a former native makes sense and I loved this guided tour.
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