May 6, 2012

Review - Home To Roost (Tessa Hainsworth)

This is the third installment of Tessa Hainsworth's escape from the rat-race with her actor husband to a Cornish seaside town.
Seagulls in the Attic left Tessa thrilled as Annie, her best friend from London, fell in love and married a local Cornishman. Alas the newlyweds decide to settle out of the county but Tessa and her husband are delighted when a new young family arrive in the village fresh from the city. However what looks such a promising new friendship turns to a nightmare as these are people who think money can buy them acceptance -- and the village is soon in quiet revolt. Tessa finds herself in the thick of it -- and realises that she has grown very strong roots in the community in the two years she has been in Cornwall.
Like so many in the country, she has to think about turning her house into a source of income in the summer months. Having finally got the place up to scratch, she and her family are wondering whether to camp for a couple of months when they are asked to take over a B&B owned by friends of friends. Tessa is bubbly, outgoing - but quite inexperienced at being a landlady. She muddles through only with the generous help of the 'customers' on her postal round.
Written with her usual warmth and good humour, Tessa Hainsworth enchants us again with her stories of life as a newcomer to 'deep' Cornwall and makes us dwell on the true value and meaning of 'home'.

Having settled down in Cornwall, Tessa Hainsworth once again takes the reader onto a journey through her daily life far from her former London home. Home To Roost presents her third year on the Cornish coast and postie Tessa has evidently blended in comfortably into the community, much unlike another family from the big city which apparently isn't cut out for the country life at all.
Part memoir, part journal, this book can be best described as a cozy mystery - you get all the quirky characters of a small town, plus a charming setting - without any dead bodies turning up. Being a light read, which you can easily indulge in over the course of a lazy afternoon, it is perfect for those who like to distract themselves with quaint yet unassuming stories.
Personally I must confess, the book sounded so wonderfully promising, but turned out to be too slow paced and uneventful for my taste. Add that the writing style was rather bland, without any kind of ups and downs, lacking the humor I had been hoping for. What I missed the most were more elaborate descriptions of the town and the Cornish setting. Granted, Tessa does throw in bits and pieces here and there, but I would have loved if she had painted a more vivid picture thus really bringing the place and its people to life in my mind.
In short: A warm-hearted cozy read, yet lacking pace and detail!

2/5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Random House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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