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Homecoming
Homecoming | Kate Morton
The highly anticipated new novel from the international number one bestselling author, Kate Morton, Homecoming is a sweeping saga with a thrilling mystery at its heart tracing a shocking crime whose effects echo across continents and generations
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JillR
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A sinister murder mystery in the Adelaide hills in 1959 combines with modern day Jess dashing back to Sydney from London to be with her ailing grandmother, whilst slowly trying to unravel the decades old mystery. As much about family, homesickness and belonging as the mystery at its heart; perfect, compulsive easy reading. I‘d steered away from this author for a while as I tired of her dual-timeline style, but very much enjoyed coming back.

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Rissreads
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School book club pick. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ It‘s a pick but only just. This was way too long and I found myself thinking ‘Really?!‘ quite a bit. #Ozfiction

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janeycanuck
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This could definitely have been shorter and I was annoyed with how a major event was unveiled but overall, I liked the story and really enjoyed the strong sense of place Morton created.

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Bec_lectic
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A good but long story. This is my second book by Morton and although not a good as the Clock Makers Daughter, it‘s still an atmospheric story that is intricately weaved between all the characters. I feel it could have been a bit shorter but I love how Morton ties up all the loose ends. Overall just a unique and good story!

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MamaGina
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Finally getting my reading life back on track and happy to have read 3 books in January!!! Looks like February will be a busy reading month too … 6/10 of my library holds came in today, isn‘t that always the way?!? 😸

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Gissy
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#12Bbooksof2023 @Andrew65

December was not the best reading month but this one was my favorite book.

Other books I enjoyed
So This is Christmas by Jenny Holiday so cute and funny-enemies to lovers romance
Murder At Everham Hall
Christmas Demon
Gookkiller
El Juego Del Alma

Andrew65 Thanks for playing long, a great way to review 2023. See you for #12Booksof2024 on Christmas Day. 5mo
Gissy @Andrew65 Yes!🤗📚❤️ 5mo
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Larkken
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#authoramonth is a wrap for me! 🎉
I was not enjoying the first half of this one but decided to stick it out and I‘m glad I did. I liked the writing and feel of place, so think I may enjoy a different book by this author more than this one. Do any Morton fans have a particular fav I should try?
Thanks for organizing and hosting, as ever, @Soubhiville ! I love finding and trying new authors thru this challenge 💕

Karisimo Tagged, the Lake house, and The Secret Keeper are my favs! I‘ve read them all! 5mo
Larkken @Karisimo thank you 😍 5mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
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Larkken @dabbe isn't he cute?! He dragged his bed there so he could be closer to the tree 😍 5mo
dabbe @Larkken Okay, heart is officially melted. 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
Bec_lectic I loved the Clock Makers Daughter by Morton. Such a good story and one you may want to check out ☺️ 4mo
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Gissy
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This is a big book, it could be a slow read for some readers but it worked for me. It has everything I like. Two time lines, a murder, family drama with secrets, betrayals, lovers, self growth. So descriptive but in a perfect way. I just wanted to know more about these characters, about all this family drama and mystery. It also has a couple of twists but they will turn slowly. Nora, Nora, what character. 4⭐️First time I read this author ⬇️

Gissy (Cont.) Now I have 4 more books to read by Morton ☺️
That booksleeve (bookhugger) was from @LibrarianRyan shop. They are perfect for big books.

December 2023 #BookSpinBingo (#2) @TheAromaOfBooks
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Gissy (Cont.) Now I have 4 more books to read by Morton ☺️
That booksleeve (bookhugger) was from @LibrarianRyan shop. They are perfect for big books.

December 2023 #BookSpinBingo (#2) @TheAromaOfBooks
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LibrarianRyan Thanks. 5mo
Amiable Great review! 5mo
Gissy @LibrarianRyan I haven‘t check the store. I don‘t know if you have more designs. They are great and so pretty. 5mo
Soubhiville Glad you liked it! I have a book hugger too. 🩵 5mo
Gissy @Soubhiville I like booksleeves they are so convenient to protect books. But I haven‘t found good ones for big books and bookhuggers are just perfect. I hope she make more in the future.🤗 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
LibrarianRyan @Gissy no I haven‘t. I‘m going to shut down the store. I do have more I‘ve made and can direct sell if your interested. 5mo
Gissy @LibrarianRyan Ohh! Well yes I‘m interested. I respect the reasons but those book huggers are great and the designs I bought are so pretty😍You are so talented🤗 5mo
LibrarianRyan @Gissy Thank you.

I'll take some pics and post on here.
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Gissy @LibrarianRyan Okay, sounds great🤗 5mo
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Bluebird
Homecoming | Kate Morton
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One of my favorite authors. Usually I get swept into her books from the outset. However this was a slow start for me. Once I got past page 100 it picked up and I raced through the last ¼ of the book. Mystery, history, dual timelines, family secrets, great setting, wonderful writing. So much to love, but not her strongest book. #52bookclub2023 set in Australia #rushathon #littenlistens #cloakanddagger#dashingdecember #wintergames #authoramonth

Ruthiella I‘ve read a couple Kate Morton books in the past. My favorite was 5mo
Librarybelle I love her books! I‘ve yet to read this one. 5mo
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Andrew65 Well done 🎄🎄🎄 I‘d agree this isn‘t as strong as some of her others. 5mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 5mo
squirrelbrain 🎉🎉🎉 5mo
Bluebird @Ruthiella The distant hours is one of my favorites too! 5mo
Bluebird @Librarybelle and @Andrew65 she‘s one of my auto-read authors! Even though this was not among her best, it was still a good one. Love her writing style with great settings, atmosphere, interconnected characters and family secrets. 😍 5mo
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CatLass007
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This was my December selection for #AuthorAMonth. This and the last book I read both take place in Australia and move back and forth in time so I had some difficulty when I first started this one. But I persevered and ended up enjoying it. One of the main twists I guessed at pretty quickly. But there are so many other surprises (too many?) that I didn‘t feel cheated at all.

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Jas16
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Really enjoyed some of the twists in the ending but the journey to get there felt needlessly long. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if the book within a book thing worked for me. Not my favorite by Morton but now I think I can say I have read all of her books. #authoramonth

Jas16 @Soubhiville Thank you for such a fun challenge. I am really glad I participated this year. 5mo
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perfectlywinged
Homecoming | Kate Morton
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Been saving this historical mystery for a cold rainy day- I love Kate Morton‘s slow paced plot and character writing.

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Melismatic
Homecoming | Kate Morton
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Overall, I really enjoyed this - my first read from this author. The twisty ending was arguably the best part because there was a series of surprise answers that was delightful considering I had thought I had it figured out. It was a bit overlong and the exposition felt a bit heavy handed and wonky - I think if the pacing structure was a bit different I‘d like it even more. But overall, a great (Christmas?) read. #AuthorAMonth

Texreader Excellent review. I agree 5mo
tpixie Great review. Great photo! Where was that?! 5mo
Melismatic @tpixie thank you! I snapped it from inside the subway train as we passed Luna Park in Coney Island/Brooklyn! 5mo
tpixie @Melismatic great shot!!! 5mo
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Texreader
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There are more mysteries (only one of which I figured out in advance) than you realize until you reach the end. A family dies peaceably at a picnic in 1959, all at one time. Some poison is implicated but what could it be? Meanwhile, their loving aunt is on her deathbed in 2018 when her granddaughter comes to try to save her grandmother while unraveling the mystery of the family‘s death. Less sleuthy and more happen chance that the pieces come ⬇️

Texreader come together and get resolved. I‘ll definitely read more from this author, especially since I have several waiting on my bookshelf. I was pleasantly surprised it has a Christmas setting working perfectly for #wintergames. #authoramonth @Soubhiville #snowangels @Emilymdxn 5mo
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Texreader
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Part of the author‘s summary of her book. #authoramonth @Soubhiville

#Snowangels #WinterGames

@emilymdxn

Soubhiville Aw that‘s cool! 5mo
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Melismatic
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Started my #AuthorAMonth pick while holiday shopping today via audiobook. It‘s narrated by Claire Foy, which is lovely.

So many cute things - hard to hold back. 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

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Bookwormjillk
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This took me a while to get into, but overall it‘s a pick. I enjoyed the setting and the mystery. A few things I figured out, and a few things I didn‘t.

Texreader I‘m halfway through this one. Truth, took awhile to really get into it 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 6mo
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BookmarkTavern That‘s a gorgeous cover! 6mo
squirrelbrain Exactly what I thought too! Started a bit slow, and I got the ‘biggest‘ twist but not all of the others. 6mo
PuddleJumper 💙💙 6mo
Soubhiville Great! 6mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 6mo
bthegood 🎉 🎉 6mo
Catsandbooks 🍭❄️❤️ 5mo
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JacqMac
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Well, that was unexpected. I wasn‘t expecting to finish that so fast. It was so twisty. A mystery wrapped up in a drama. I might have even cried a little. Kate Morton was always an auto buy for me, until The Clockmaker‘s Daughter, which I dumped into a little free library after the first 100 pages. So I had a little trepidation going into this one. But it was absolutely fantastic. One of my best reads of the year.
#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

Jas16 Going to start this one over the weekend so I am excited to read that you loved it. 6mo
Soubhiville Oh wow, that‘s great! 6mo
TheBookHippie Clockmakers daughter was my one and only book by her I‘ve read -I loathed it. 😵‍💫 6mo
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squirrelbrain
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Having read a few books by this author, I thought they were all a bit samey. However, I had the chance to get this as a #netgalley #arc earlier in the year, so I saved it for #aam.

It actually felt a little bit different, maybe down to the Australian setting, although it was still the same twisty-turny double timeframe storyline. Probably my favourite of hers.

I need to fill in the #aam form now - thanks as ever for being a fab host, Soubhi!

LeahBergen I read a couple of hers and stopped because of this very reason. I did enjoy them, though! 6mo
Soubhiville I‘m glad you liked this one better 😁 6mo
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Texreader
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📖 What are you reading today? Tagged
📖 How far into it are you? 1/3 finished
📖 Was it recommended? For #authoramonth & it works well for #wintergames! Go #snowangels @Emilymdxn
📖 Would you recommend it? So far, yes
📖 Have you read the author's work before? No, it‘s wonderful to try new authors

#naturalitsy @AllDebooks @TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit @jenniferw88

TheBookHippie I‘ve never tried this author again after reading Clockmaker‘s daughter 😳 I know ppl love her. (She had art history facts incorrect for no reason and I couldn‘t get past it 😉🤣 I have issues I know!!!) glad to see you enjoying the read! 6mo
Emilymdxn Woooo go #snowangels 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I‘m listening to the tagged. It took me a while to get into it, but now I‘m hooked.

I‘m also reading Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat which is making me want to cook all the things.

#MidWinterSolace

TheBookHippie The cookbook ♥️♥️♥️ and I‘ve already cooked through it 🤣 it‘s fun reading it! 6mo
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JacqMac
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My car had a service appointment today. So after shoveling a bazillion cm of snow to get out of my driveway, I took full advantage of the quiet time in the waiting room. 15 chapters in so far.
#24in4 @Andrew65

Kimzey I'm so impressed you shoveled snow and made it to a car service appointment. Where I live in Alabama the whole city shuts down if we receive the merest dusting of snow. ❄ 😱 Kate Morton is a good waiting room choice!
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AmyG I am curious to hear how this one is. 6mo
JacqMac @Kimzey I‘m in Canada. It‘s in our blood or something. lol 6mo
JacqMac @AmyG I know she can be hit or miss for me. I‘m about 1/3 of the way in and I really like it so far. 6mo
Andrew65 That‘s a good day, any reading time is good. 🎄🎄🎄 6mo
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Texreader
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I recognized me in this description…heaven knows I don‘t like talking to anyone until I‘ve had at least my first cup of hot black tea! ☕️

#wintergames #snowangels @Emilymdxn #authoramonth @Soubhiville

Leftcoastzen For me it‘s coffee , or I‘m a wreck! 😂 6mo
Soubhiville Tea for me too please! 6mo
Tamra Yep 6mo
Emilymdxn Absolutely me - I meet all the stereotypes about millennials and their coffee 6mo
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JacqMac
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It has been so long since I made some time for a readathon. But I find myself with free time today. So I‘m going to try get as far as I can with this #AuthorAMonth book from my TBR, this weekend. I either really love Kate Morton or really dislike her, so I always have a little fear when I start a new one. So far so good with this one though.
#24in4
@Andrew65 @Soubhiville

Soubhiville I haven‘t read anything by her before. I hope you‘ll like it. The cover is very pretty. 6mo
AmyG I started The Lake House and am loving it. Lots of mystery. 6mo
JacqMac @Soubhiville I loved The House at Riverton. It made her an auto buy for me. But The Clockmaker‘s Daughter disappointed me so much. After the first hundred pages, I closed the book and went straight to a little free library and gave it away. lol (edited) 6mo
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JacqMac @AmyG Good to know. I still have that one on my TBR. 6mo
Andrew65 @AmyG I‘ve just started that one too Amy. 6mo
Andrew65 @JacqMac I didn‘t really enjoy that one either, but really enjoyed The Forgotten Garden, and my wife really enjoyed The House at Riverton. 6mo
Andrew65 Hope you enjoy this one @JacqMac 6mo
AmyG Enjoy! I am curious what you both think. @Andrew65 @JacqMac 6mo
Andrew65 @AmyG A positive start so far. 6mo
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Texreader
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It turns out this book is perfect for #wintergames, a Christmas mystery! #authoramonth @Soubhiville

Bookwormjillk Good to know, thank you! 6mo
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LapReader
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1. The tagged book a tad early for #authorofthemonth as I found it at the Salvos at Hamilton for only $4! 2. Another one of Kate‘s if I can find where I put them! #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing!❤️📖📚 6mo
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Read4life
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I started this early for #AuthorAMonth and found my final November #WickedWords. #pivot
I really thought I wouldn‘t get this one but then there it was. 🤓
#WickedWords 5/5

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Texreader
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Started this ebook a little early for #authoramonth @Soubhiville

JacqMac I think I might start this one a little early too. 6mo
Soubhiville I hope you like it! The one I have is pretty long, starting a bit early isn‘t a bad idea. 6mo
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wen4blu
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Next up, another book I bought the week i it came out and never started.

GondorGirl Same! I've been waiting until slow season so that I can read it without interruption. 6mo
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Eggs
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“Home, she'd realized, wasn't a place or a time or a person, though it could be any and all of those things: home was a feeling, a sense of being complete. The opposite of "home" wasn't "away," it was "lonely." When someone said, "I want to go home," what they really meant was that they didn't want to feel lonely anymore.” Beautiful dual timeline mystery novel, 1959/2018-Australia. Great narration by Claire Foy. Long but purposeful ???

GondorGirl Kate Morton is one favorite authors! Her ability to combine timelines is brilliant. 🥰 7mo
Eggs Agree!! @GondorGirl 7mo
Andrew65 Excellent, I love her books. 👏👏👏 7mo
Eggs @Andrew65 💙💙💙 7mo
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Cathyloves2read
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This book made me a bit dizzy, so many twists and turns! I wonder how the author even kept it straight! I mean this in a good way. I found myself almost speed reading at times because I was so anxious for answers. You literally have to read this book to the end in order to see the full picture. This is the first book I‘ve ever read that took place in Australia. Adelaide Hills seems absolutely beautiful! This was a very good read!

GondorGirl It's funny because the author IS Australian, but I believe this is her first book set in Australia... 7mo
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TrishB
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Really enjoyed this one- a lot of twists in the last 100 pages, some I expected, some I didn‘t.

squirrelbrain Looking forward to it! 9mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain a good, family saga 👍🏻 9mo
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TrishB
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It‘s a long weekend, so a big book is called for!

charl08 Definitely. And maybe even 2 big books...! 9mo
TrishB @charl08 even better! 9mo
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LibraryCin
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This was good, but it took a long time to set up and get going. I had a hard time focusing initially, and many of the characters would delve back into memories which made it a bit harder for me to follow, as I was still figuring out characters, time frames, etc. Eventually, I figured things out and it did pick up, and I was interested to know what was going on/what had happened in 1959 (and, of course, how it related to Jess and Nora). Cont...

LibraryCin
I‘m not generally a fan of a “book within a book” and this one had that. That might have been at least part of the reason it took me longer to get “into” the book? Of course, there were twists. I thought I had one figured out, but I was incorrect in what I‘d thought.
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AmyK1
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Jess is called home to Australia after her grandmother takes a fall. While there she‘s pulled into a family secret/mystery that she knew nothing about. I did guess part of the mystery pretty early on but not the rest.

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SheilaChew
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What a blessing - a new Kate Morton book, a cuddly dog, and nothing else to do.

dabbe Hello, sweet, cuddly pup! 🩵🖤💙 10mo
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BookishTrish
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Jess is called home to Australia to attend her ailing grandmother, Nora. Jess gets drawn into a web of family secrets - some of which I guessed, others that surprised me. I always really enjoy Morton‘s books.

dabbe Adorable photo! 🤩🤩🤩 10mo
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DaniJ
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Very slow to start, but I often find that with this author. The final quarter of the book had so many twists and turns, some that I thought were unnecessary. Ending was dragged on and on.

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lauraisntwilder
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I finished this up yesterday evening. It's interesting reading Lorrie Moore and Kate Morton in the same month. They're so very different, but I love them both. Morton's novels have all been epic and this one was no exception. I thought it was better than her last (Clockmaker's Daughter). So interesting to read about Australia at Christmas, aside from the intrigue of the plot. As always, she got me with the twist at the end!

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decaturmamaof2
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"Meanwhile, tall and slender on the upsweep of bills that surrounded their river-run valley, the blue gums stood silently, streaky skins glinting metallic."

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Follow.my.read
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New furnace/air conditioner installation so stuck at the house.#NoGuiltReading#PorchReading#KateMorton#Homecoming

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Jeg
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Not sure why I bought this book. I don't usually read thick books. Way too long for me. I worked out a fair bit of the plot and when I do this I wonder if ,as the reader, I'm supposed to. Anyway not a great read for me.

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BookBosomed1
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4 ⭐️: If you‘re a fan of Kate Morton, you‘ll likely enjoy this book. It has her signature writing style: atmospheric and heavy on character development. I found the story to be lengthier than I thought necessary; however, the mystery pushed me to finish the book. I enjoyed the generational span that is the format of this book, and I appreciated its look into the complexities of motherhood. Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61683285

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erank58
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I haven't been reading at my normal pace this year, and this such an anticipated new release from a favorite author...and oof, this may be one of my biggest letdowns of all time. The mystery was interesting, but way too drawn out. The atmospheric writing that Morton is known for was almost non-existant, and I disliked every main characters more and more as the plot went on. Her weakest book to date IMO, though I'm definitely in the minority!

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MartinaLove
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Currently reading. So far, it's really good!

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Karisimo
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This is everything you expect from Kate Morton! Part of the mystery set in South Australia is easy to guess, but the rest of it kept me turning pages. The family relationships and dynamics are a huge focus. Loved it!

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#AlmostAChunkster
@Amiable

Amiable Great job! And the book sounds good, too! 13mo
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kstadt929
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I‘m loving this cover 😍 Next up!

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AmyG How was Homecoming? 13mo
Morton7 Easy Listen ! But does jump back forth in time periods! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 13mo
AmyG I heard that so I will probably read the physical book. 13mo
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Jeg
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Wet afternoon, perfect for a big book shop up. All on my TBR shelf. Ready for more wet days.

Rissreads Enjoy!♥️ 13mo
CarolynM You‘ve got some good ones there! 13mo
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LibraryCin
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This was good, but it took a long time to set up and get going. I had a hard time focusing initially, and many of the characters would delve back into memories which made it a bit harder for me to follow. Eventually, I figured things out and it did pick up, and I was interested to know what was going on/what had happened in 1959 (and, of course, how it related to Jess and Nora). Con't in comments...

LibraryCin I‘m not generally a fan of a “book within a book” and this one had that. Of course, there were twists. I thought I had one figured out, but I was incorrect in what I‘d thought. So, my star rating has it just a bit higher than “good”, but I didn‘t want to bring it quite up to 4 stars due to the slow start for me. 13mo
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