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Contemporary Fiction | The River Home | Hannah Richell

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Yet another masterpiece from one of my favourite authors … The River Home is very emotional.  It’s a MUST read.

Book cover for The River Home by Hannah Richell

The River Home by Hannah Richell is published by Orion and available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats.  The paperback releases 20th August 2020.

The river can take you home. The river can take you under…

In their ramshackle Somerset home, its gardens running down to the river, the Sorrells have gathered for a last-minute wedding.

Lucy is desperate to reunite her fractured family. Eve is fighting to keep her perfect life together. Their mother, Kit, a famous author whose stories have run dry, still seethes with resentment towards her youngest child. And Margot, who left home eight years ago under a black cloud, is forced to come face to face with her darkness…

As the family come together for a week of celebration and confrontation, their relationships are stretched to breaking point. Can you ever heal the wounds of the past? Or will it always rise up to haunt you – like the echoes of a summer’s night, like the relentless flow of a river…


I’m heartsore. 

Hannah Richell strips everything right back to the darkest of times in her character’s lives, ultimately shining the light in the shadows so that emotions can heal and life move forward.

What to say?  Each sister has life changing events – one in the past, one approaching and the other happening now.  Kit has lost her way.  I was emotionally attached to all four women and loved them each equally.

The themes that are explored are written about sensitively although hard-hitting and emotional.  There are scenes that made me cry ugly tears and others that filled me with love and belonging.  Some things I sussed but others left me open mouthed, making me pause and reflect for a while.  One thing for sure, I was so involved that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!

The Sorrel family will live with me for a long time.  I was carried along in their whirls and ripples, at times drowning and at others being lifted up and buoyant.  This is one of my top reads of 2020.

I loved this so much I’ve decided to run a giveaway of a digital copy to one of my UK readers (click here to enter the giveaway). 

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Hannah Richell was born in Kent and spent her childhood years in Buckinghamshire and Canada. After graduating from the University of Nottingham she worked in the book publishing and film industries in both London and Sydney. She is a dual citizen of Great Britain and Australia and currently lives the South West of England with her family. Hannah is the author of international bestsellers Secrets of the Tides and The Shadow YearThe River Home is her fourth novel. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages. Twitter @hannahrichell Facebook

I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 9+ years. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school.

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