Thank you to Books and the City / Simon and Schuster UK for a digital proof copy of Home by Penny Parkes to read and review. This is the first book I’ve read by Penny Parkes. The book is due to be published in July 2021
A gripping and heartfelt story about overcoming the past and finding where you belong.
Anna Wilson travels the world as a professional housesitter – stepping into other people’s lives – caring for their homes, pets and sometimes even neighbours. Living vicariously.
But all Anna has ever really wanted is a home of her own – a proper one, filled with family and love and happy memories. If only she knew where to start.
Growing up in foster care, she always envied her friends their secure and carefree lives, their certainty and confidence. And, while those same friends may have become her family of choice, Anna is still stuck in that nomadic cycle, looking for answers, trying to find the courage to put down roots and find a place to call home.
Compelling, rich and evocative, Home is Anna’s journey to discovering that it isn’t where you settle down that matters, but the people you have around you when you do
I first saw the cover for this book at the Books and the City 2021 Showcase in December 2020 and settled down last month to read my digital proof copy on NetGalley.
This was an emotional read. As a mother, it was heartbreaking to read about why Anna grew up in foster care, and had to keep moving on. This also explained why Anna had been happy to keep moving and only spending a short time at each house sitting location. However, could it now be time to stop moving?
Anna’s relationship with her best friend from University has been her most important relationship since her childhood, and we slowly find out why Anna is concerned that Kate’s marriage to Duncan could change this.
I enjoyed reading this book. Although the story is heartbreaking in places, I’m pleased to say that it is uplifting too. Anna and Kate love reading, and this love of reading is important to the story.
Penny Parkes survived a Convent education largely thanks to a ready supply of inappropriate novels and her passion for writing and languages.
She studied International Management in Bath and Germany, before gaining experience with the BBC. She then set up an independent Film Location Agency and spent many happy years organising shoots for film, television and advertising – thereby ensuring that she was never short of travel opportunities, freelance writing projects or entertaining anecdotes.
Penny now lives in the Cotswolds with her husband, two children and a geriatric spaniel. She will often be found plotting epic train journeys through the Alps, baking gluten-free goodies or attempting to prove that you can, in fact, teach an old dog new tricks.