Friendship, Forgiveness and a Cat Called Holly: Making Peace by Fiona McCallum

Friendship, Forgiveness and a Cat Called Holly: Making Peace by Fiona McCallum

Making Peace, Fiona McCallum’s latest and tenth novel, opens just one year and six days after the cataclysmic accident that has ruined Hannah’s life.

It’s Christmas and Hannah’s newly rescued cat called Holly and her kittens, Lucky and Squeak have become her Christmas miracle.  Apart from being cute and cuddly, they need her, and being needed is a wonderful distraction from a broken heart. As Hannah reminds herself, Holly and the kittens have saved her as much as she’s saved them.

With the help of staunch and loyal friends and her own very best efforts to stay strong and look forward, Hannah has tried her hardest to piece her life back together and recover from the shock of suddenly losing her husband, Tristan and both her parents. She returns to her normal job, but feels restless, confused, let down that the world that has been ticking over as normal, while she’s been wrapped in her own bewildering world of loss.

Something else is wrong – her best friend, Sam, is clearly deeply upset but not talking about it. When Hannah discovers the distressing and unexpected truth, the tables are reversed and she has to be the one to give Sam all the love and support she can muster.

No sooner is Hannah back at work, helping Sam survive – and encouraging her to take her artistic career seriously – than a chance glance at a TV screen reveals to Hannah that the court case against the driver and the trucking company involved in the horrific crash that killed her family, is underway. She’s never wanted to learn the grim details, yet on a whim, decides to attend the court. Outside, the courtroom she meets Henry, the traumatised truck driver who has never forgiven himself. Hannah is moved by his contrition and by how much his life has spun out of control. She feels sorry for him. A friendship of sorts begins, setting off another chain of events.

Change brings more change and with a gulp Hannah steps out into the dating world, a huge step that she takes shakily and without confidence.

The same as anyone’s journey after a huge, life changing event, Hannah’s is bumpy and at times, she endures some big setbacks. Numb for so long, now that her feelings are returning, she seems to feel everything more intensely. Thank goodness that Holly, and her kittens and their fluffy little butts, their snuffles and purrs, are always waiting at home for her at the end of the day.

With Making Peace, which is both a sequel to her last novel, Finding Hannah, but also a standalone, Fiona McCallum has written a wise and moving story that explores the power of forgiveness and kindness, and shows great insight into what it is to somehow survive, even grow through an extremely tough loss.

As Auntie Beth comments in the beginning, tragedy can shine a light on things that need to change. As the shock waves from Hannah’s terrible tragedy reverberate among those closest to her, lives are changed considerably and in some cases, in liberating ways.

Friendship is another big key to Hannah’s recovery, as are the benefits of helping others in need.

Just ask Holly.

About the author 

Fiona’s stories are heartwarming journeys of self-discovery that draw on her life experiences, love of animals and fascination with the power and support that comes from strong friendships. 

She is the author of nine Australian bestsellers: Paycheque, Nowhere Else, Wattle Creek, Saving Grace, Time Will Tell, Meant To Be, Leap of Faith, Standing Strong, and Finding Hannah.

Making Peace is Fiona’s tenth novel.

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                      Publisher details

                      Making Peace
                      Author
                      Fiona McCallum
                      Publisher
                      Harlequin
                      Genre
                      Fiction
                      Released
                      19 March, 2018

                      Synopsis

                      From Australia's master storyteller comes an uplifting story of new and old friendships, letting go of the past and looking to the future…It's been a year since Hannah Ainsley lost her husband and parents – her whole family – in a car crash on Christmas morning. Despite her overwhelming loss, she's worked hard to pull the pieces of her life together with the help of a group of dear, loyal friends. But while Hannah is beginning to become excited about the future again, she's concerned that her best friend and talented artist Sam is facing a crisis of her own. It's now Hannah's turn to be Sam's rock – can she save Sam's dreams from unravelling?When Hannah returns to work after her holidays, she can't settle. She's loved her job for a decade, and it's been her lifeline during her grief. But something's changed. She's changed. And for all this time she's avoided knowing the details of the accident or investigation – what would be the point, she'd thought, when nothing will bring her loved ones back? But after a chance meeting, it's all there in front of her – and, like ripples in a pond, it extends beyond her own experiences. Could knowing be the key to her recovery? Could her involvement be the key to someone else's?From Australia's master storyteller comes an uplifting story of new and old friendships, letting go of the past and looking to the future...
                      Fiona McCallum
                      About the author

                      Fiona McCallum

                      Fiona McCallum spent her childhood years on the family cereal and wool farm outside a small town on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula. An avid reader and writer, she decided at age nine that she wanted to be the next Enid Blyton! She is the author of PaychequeNowhere Else, Wattle Creek, Saving Grace, Time will Tell and Meant to Be.

                      Books by Fiona McCallum

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