When Elle Kinnaird takes the plunge and travels from her rural small-town life to the misty legends of her ancestors in the Scottish Highlands, she finds that it’s a big world after all. A heart-warming novel about new beginnings, from the bestselling author of Fool Me Once.
It was a straightforward request. Take her Gran home to her beloved Scotland.
In the space of a few days, Elle loses her job and her home and faces moving back in with her parents – where she knows she’ll hear a lot about how she is wasting her life, unlike her three siblings…
Then Gran’s will is read and everything changes.
It seems simple: a road trip across Scotland, a country Gran loved, to locate the family castle; meet some long-lost cousins; oh, and work out what she wants to do with the rest of her life before returning home. Not a problem.
That is unless the family castle is a ruin that has pretty much been lost in time; the family Elle has never met seem to be hiding a mysterious secret; her over-achieving parents are breathing down her neck, and she’s running out of time to make a decision about her future.
Karly Lane is the author of seventeen bestselling novels including North Star, Second Chance Town, Third Time Lucky, Someone Like You, and the Callahans of Stringybark Creek series. She has honed her craft and now delivers perfectly polished, heart-warming stories that her readers – and there are a lot of them – love.
She has a talent for delivering richly drawn settings, and in Take Me Home this is demonstrated through Jessup’s Creek, where Elle has lived all her life, and then in the Scotland Highlands. I felt like taking a weekend away to Jessup’s Creek, but it was when Elle arrived in Scotland that the book really captured me. For anyone missing travel, this is a great read.
Elle is a lovely character and her relationship with her grandmother is at the core of this delightful book. There is a paranormal element to the story, although it certainly doesn’t sit in that genre, which makes it even more unique. Without giving anything away, the bond between Elle and her Gran can’t be broken by death, and Iona remains a very real presence in her granddaughter’s life.
Take Me Home is a glorious lesson in life, love, and finding your true destiny. Wise, witty, and full of emotion, it’s a lovely adventure into the heart of Scotland. After reading a slew of thrillers, this was an uplifting change of pace, and I loved it.