Finding Home by Kate Field
Publication Date: April 16th 2021
Publishe : One More Chapter (HarperCollins)
Genre : Women’s Fiction / Contemporary
Pages : 303
She might not have much in this world, but it cost nothing to be kind…
Meet Miranda Brown: you can call her Mim. She’s jobless, homeless and living in her car… but with a history like hers she knows she has a huge amount to be grateful for.
Meet Beatrice and William Howard: Bill and Bea to you. The heads of the Howard family and owners of Venhallow Hall, a sprawling seaside Devonshire estate… stranded in a layby five hours from home the night before their niece’s wedding.
When fate brings the trio together, Mim doesn’t think twice before offering to drive the affable older couple home. It’s not like she has anywhere else to be. But as the car pulls into the picturesque village of Littlemead, Mim has no idea how her life is about to change…
An uplifting story of found family and true love perfect for fans of Fern Britton and Veronica Henry.
*** Disclaimer : I received e-copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to One More Chapter. ***
Review of Finding Home
Finding Home was uplifting and feel-good women’s fiction that revolved around Mim’s journey to find home, love and family. The story was about belongingness, home, family, love, friendship, kindness, lifestyle differences between wealthy and homeless and poor and assumptions people make based on it, and following your heart.
Writing was lucid, lovely, and captivating that kept me flipping pages with smile on my face. It was third person narrative from Mim’s POV. Setting of Littlemead village, Devon was vivid and beautiful.
Plot was lovely. It started with Miranda Brown (Mim) spending her days in car and looking for job ever since she lost her job and home fortnight ago. When she pulled her car at her favourite layby to spend the night, she met an old couple Bae and Bill Howard whose car was broken down and asked for her help to reach to Devon. Mim was never out of Lancashire in her life, she wasn’t going have any luck with finding job in New Year eve, and kindness wasn’t going to cost her anything. She didn’t hesitate in offering help but on she arrived Devon, at Bea and Bill’s Venhallow Hall estate, she got lot more in return of her kindness than she expected.
It was amazing to see how Mim’s life changed and how she found everything she was looking for in life. I was curious to see if she can accept her fate and Howards’ larger than life spirit, kindness and love or the past would come knocking at this new place too.
This book had incredible characters. They were all realistic, relatable and developed. Most of the characters were good who made me smile and easily entered my heart. I loved dynamics of Howard family. Bae and Bill were sweetest and kindest people I have ever read. Their children were equally amazing. I loved Lia most. Unlike rich people we read in books, there wasn’t a drop of shallowness, arrogance or spoilt nature in any of them. They all were so lovely, gentle, down to earth, who followed their heart and supported each other in all possible way.
Mim was my favourite. It was easy to root for her. She was amazing character. I admired how she kept going forward in her life even after the pain she felt on losing her employer, job, and home. Even after facing harsh words of some people, she never let hatred or negativity enter her life. She was always kind, gentle, helping other in all condition without expecting anything in return. I could understand why she was hesitant and why it was taking her long to accept Howards’ love and kindness and kept space, even though they said she was family and treated her like one. I admired her most when she accepted she was being judgemental towards Corin and made mistake in understanding him.
Corin was my second favourite. He was different from his family. At first looking at him through Mim’s eyes, I felt he was ungrateful for not liking his lovely looking family and accepting all the riches and love he got for being privileged, for which people like Mim would do anything. But as we see him more, we could easily see Mim misunderstood him. He was as lovely and kind as his family and loved them unconditionally. I couldn’t get it fully why he didn’t like being born in rich family until he explained it and that, along with Mim, made me see him though different eye. I admired him for what he was doing with his money, knowing about his passion and dream and what he sacrificed for his family.
The plot wouldn’t be interesting without some mean and selfish characters that gave Mim hard time. They weren’t big surprises but I liked reading how Mim and other characters handled them.
Mim’s new friends Karen and Heather were great. I enjoyed how almost everyone in village accepted Mim and helped her and Howards in their little project. Best things in the book were close-knit community, fossil walk, history of Devon coast, Easter Monday event, 2k and 4K sea swim challenge, As You Like Like it holidays caravan project, and Bea and Bill’s love story.
At first, I thought this was a romance book but it wasn’t. Story’s main focus was Mim and her journey to find home but along the way she did find love. So, it might feel underdeveloped if you’re expecting romance here as both main characters spent a bit less time together. Mim and Corin’s relationship was slow and steady growing that started with misunderstanding, assumptions, and friendship with a bit communication trope. I love that author took time with their relationship and how Mim never knowing what exactly love is and how it feels which made their romance different and beautiful. And there is also another love story blooming along with Mim and Corin’s.
It was predictable story and yet author managed to surprise me in climax. It was lovely surprise and I was curious to see how this will change Mim’s life and what she will decide to do at the end. End was perfect, so feel-good and satisfying.
Overall, Finding Home was fluffy, heart-warming and wonderful women’s fiction that contemporary readers would surely enjoy. I read one book by Jenny Colgan and this had similar vibes so if you enjoyed Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan, you would like this too.
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