All it takes is one life-changing decision...
Ayesha leaves behind a life of pain and heartache and boards a coach to London with her sights set on a new life for herself and her little girl, Sabina.
Hayden, a former pop star, has kept himself hidden away for years. In all that time, he's opened up his home to just two people- Crystal, a professional dancer with a heart of gold and Joy, an ill tempered pensioner with a soft spot for waifs and strays. But he reluctantly agrees to take in Ayesha and Sabina.
As different as they may be, all these damaged people quickly form a loving bond. So when enemies from their past threaten their peaceful life, they will do whatever it takes to save their home, and each other.
Carole Matthews latest book is simply excellent. I finished it within two days as I was immediately engrossed in the story and didn't want to put it down.
Ayesha was a particularly interesting character. She is fleeing from domestic abuse with her young daughter Sabina. I really admired Ayesha's inner strength, all she wants to do is protect her daughter and give her a better life; it is very important to her that Sabina has a mother she can look up to.
Carole Matthews is so good at creating characters that you care about and this book is no exception. . Crystal was my favourite character in this book; she very much takes Ayesha under her wing but she also brings a lot of humour to the story.
The relationship between Ayesha and Hayden brings a lovely, romantic element to the book. Hayden, like Ayesha has had his heart broken and in some ways is also running away. Finding each other gives them both a new lease of life but there are a few obstacles in the way of their happily ever after.
A Place to Call Home is such a good book, it is witty and entertaining but with a very serious edge. Carole Matthews really does know how to tell a good story and I would highly recommend this book.