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We’re delighted to be on tour today sharing Alice-Jane’s thoughts for Homecoming by Ellie Dean.

Homecoming is the eighteenth Cliffehaven novel but can be read as a stand-alone.


Peace has finally been declared in the Far East, but for those living at Beach View Boarding House, the news brings mixed emotions.

Peggy Reilly is devastated that her husband Jim will not be coming home for Christmas. And Sarah and Jane, who have lived at Beach View throughout much of the conflict, dread what they will find when they go back to Singapore.

Life in Cliffehaven is in a whirlwind of change as the men return from the war and Peggy’s evacuee chicks begin to spread their wings and start new lives in different corners of the world.

Peggy and Jim have longed to be together after so many years apart, but war has left them profoundly changed. Can they rekindle the loving, close relationship they’d shared before

Book cover for Homecoming by Ellie Dean.  The eighteenth Cliffehaven novel.

Homecoming by Ellie Dean is published by Arrow (23rd January 2020) and is available to purchase in digital, paperback and audiobook formats.

Review

Homecoming is a heartfelt and moving tale of a close-knit community of family and friends tackling life after the Second World War.

For Peggy at the centre of the beach view boarding house, the world that flies through her doorways are a wonderful combination of family, friends and evacuees that have taken their place in her heart. 

Though she is battling with her own insecurities and worries for her husband Jim returning from overseas, she manages to continue with the British ‘stiff upper lip’ attitude that maintained morale through those horrific war years. However, despite the war having officially ended in Europe the continued upheaval and devastation is felt by many attempting to go home.

For Sarah and Jane, their attempts to go home to Singapore and for Danuta wanting to return to Poland, the realisation that their homeland is no longer their ‘home’ is a difficult notion to grasp.

Ellie Dean reminds the reader that the fighting for one’s life did not just finish when the bombs stopping falling. It continued for so many in Europe in their efforts to re-Connect with lost loved ones and how to manage with their loss.

Alice-Jane guest reviewer on Jera's Jamboree

Ellie Dean lives in a tiny hamlet set deep in the heart of the South Downs in Sussex, which has been her home for many years and where she raised her three children. She is the author of the The Cliffehaven Series. To find out more visit www.ellie-dean.co.uk


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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