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Book Review and Q&A – The Place We Call Home by Faith Hogan @gerhogan @BOTBSPublicity #BookReview #BlogTour #contemporary #authorinterview

Many thanks to Sarah and BOTBS Publicity for my spot on this Blog Tour

One of the most heart warming books which made me sigh and hold my kindle closer after reading it. I could see the author’s writing, sparkling like the sun’s rays on the surface of the gentle stream. There was something so loving about it.

Set in Ballycove, it foretold the story of a woman who was a young girl in love, a wife and a mother, yet playing all her roles with forbearance and dignity all through the pages. The author’s writing made Miranda’s story come alive.

Every word written by Faith spoke its emotion deep in my heart. The story showed me the different generations, relationships, and family, all tied lovingly with the bond of love. The place we call home was set deep in my heart for this book.

My original review could be read here

I received a ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

All my reviews can be read here

I got to know Faith through this fun Q&A

1) Hi Faith, welcome to my blog. What was the inspiration for this book?

It’s lovely to be here – thanks for having me!

The Place We Call Home is set close to where I live in the west of Ireland. Just a few miles up the road I pop in occasionally to the Foxford Woollen Mills – and they are very much what the mills in the book are like off the page! The story is about the family who own the mills, how they came to own it and who will run it when the time comes to hand it over to the next generation – that part is really inspired by the idea that even families who seem to have it all can hide some of the biggest secrets you can imagine.

2) Do you get overwhelmed by the emotions that you write in your stories?

I’ve written stories, particularly endings where I’ve cried – don’t worry, it’s been the notion that everything has worked out perfectly for a character I was particularly fond of! It’s also happened more than once where I hit the final six letters (The End) and I sit back in my chair and found myself saying ‘Awww…’ and that’s the most satisfying way to end a story!

3) You write police procedural as Geraldine Hogan? How different is Geraldine from Faith in the writing process? How do you manage both the persona?

The crime books demand more attention to plot details, however all my books could best be described as character driven. As to both persona – it’s easy really, publication dates are spread apart and most people who I’m in regular contact with know I’m one and the same person, still I do try to keep things separate with websites and Facebook, apart from on Twitter where I tend to talk to people just as little old me!

4) With the world as we know it changed, how has it changed you? How do you manage to cram in your writing?

In the beginning it was difficult, the children are off school and time seemed to just wander away from me, and then somehow, about a month ago I found my writing mojo; I’m working to a new pattern, but it’s suiting me. I do get up before everyone else in the house to write or edit as I’m doing at the moment. It means that I’m guilt free when the children get up and I can focus on family then. We haven’t done much apart from hang about the house and get the homework done, but it’s been lovely, there’s no stress and then if I haven’t quite met my deadline for the day, I try and get my head into it for another hour just before bed time!

5) How do you de-stress?

Like everyone else, I love a really good book, these days my dog walking is curtailed, but my daughters have taken to baking so I’m doing quite a bit of cake testing also 😂

6) What is the one secret thing that no one or not many know about it?

People seem to think that because I write Women’s Fiction that I read a lot of romance novels – I’m afraid not! I tend mostly towards the darker side of the bookcase. I do read women’s fiction and love a good story that takes you a million miles away like Victoria Hislop’s novels. My big favorite when in need of a comfort read is always the late great Rosamunde Pilcher – I just love those books!

7) Any last words at the end of the interview?

One of the most unexpected, but nicest things about being a writer is hearing how people enjoyed my books. It’s a strange thing to think that I’ll spend so many months pouring over a story and then perhaps a year later someone will reach out from the other side of the world to tell me how much they have enjoyed it. This is happening even more often now that people are in lock down. It never fails to make my day, so thank you to all the lovely readers to who reach out or even put up a review, you can’t imagine how lovely that is!

And that was author Faith Hogan at her best.

Welcome to Ballycove, the home of Corrigan Mills…

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Irish countryside the famed mills have created the finest wool in all of Ireland. Run by the seemingly perfect Corrigan family, but every family has its secrets, and how the mills came to be the Corrigan’s is one of them…

Miranda and her husband were never meant to own the mills, until one fateful day catapults them into a life they never thought they’d lead.

Ada has forever lived her life in her sister’s shadow. Wanting only to please her mother and take her place as the new leader of the mill, Ada might just have to take a look at what her heart really wants.

Callie has a flourishing international career as a top designer and a man who loves her dearly, she appears to have it all. When a secret is revealed and she’s unceremoniously turfed out of the design world, Callie might just get what’s she’s been yearning for. The chance to go home.

Simon has always wanted more. More money, more fame, more notoriety. The problem child. Simon has made more enemies than friends over the years, and when one of his latest schemes falls foul he’ll have to return to the people who always believe in him.

Ballycove isn’t just a town in the Irish countryside. It isn’t just the base of the famous mills. It’s a place to call home.

Publication Date: 2019

13 thoughts on “Book Review and Q&A – The Place We Call Home by Faith Hogan @gerhogan @BOTBSPublicity #BookReview #BlogTour #contemporary #authorinterview Leave a comment

  1. What a lovely interview and description of your own feeling on finishing the book, it makes me want to read it without even reading your review! I love the premise, there’s something nostalgic about reading of Irish families, there’s always beauty in nature and closeness of family ties and the less visible but ever present dark shadows, lives that are rarely transparent, that complex unsettled history and moral punishment of girls. I might have to get this one, sounds like a great summer read

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