Coming Home to Winter Island written by Jo Thomas, publisher Review, is available in ebook format from 31st October 2019 and is due for release in paperback and audiobook format in December.
To pre-order/buy link: https://amzn.to/2JtkEpF
Wrap up warm and explore the breath-taking beauty of a remote Scottish island and an old house waiting to unlock enchanting family secrets.
Fans of Jill Mansell and Milly Johnson will love this irresistible new winter novel from Jo Thomas.
Do you need to find out where you’ve come from before you can know what the future holds?
Ruby’s singing career is on the verge of hitting the big time, when her voice breaks. Fearing her career is over, she signs up for a retreat in Tenerife to recover.
But an unexpected call from a stranger on a remote Scottish island takes her on a short trip to sort out some family business. It’s time to go and see the grandfather she’s never met.
City girl Ruby knows she will be happy to leave the windswept beaches behind as quickly as she can, especially as a years-old family rift means she knows she won’t be welcome at Teach Mhor.
But as she arrives at the big house overlooking the bay, she finds things are not as straightforward as she might have thought.
There’s an unexpected guest in the house and he’s not planning on going anywhere any time soon …
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jo Thomas’ latest novel: Coming Home to Winter Island.
Coming Home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas is a beautiful, poignant story about stepping away from our wished for path and looking back to how your journey started.
Ruby Mac was at an exciting stage in her singing career; all the years of hardwork and practice have all come down to this one point when the band she sings in is due to perform at an event attended by music producers. However, life was to play a cruel twist in her singing career bringing Ruby crashing down to a career of uncertainty. Ruby needs to rest and recouperate but she hadn’t intended on an unexpected visit to a remote Scottish island. Ruby was about to visit the grandfather she has never met and also the island and home her father grew up from. Ruby knew that a family rift went on many years ago leading to her father leaving the island and never returning home but she didn’t know what this dispute was about. Leaving her band, boyfriend and the city to visit an elderly relative she’s never met is a daunting task. But Ruby had more than her elderly grandfather to win over, she also had a local man who had undertaken the task of caring for Ruby’s grandfather.
Jo Thomas’ words have drawn you into the wilderness of the past and of the present on a remote island affectionately known as Winter Island. The storyline is very touching with Ruby discovering more about her heritage bringing back the grief from the loss of her father and also the loss of what could have been if she’d been given the chance to get to know her grandparents. I fell in love with Winter Island it’s local inhabitants, wildlife and fauna and could totally appreciate the spirit within such a close-knit community. I also appreciated the back to basics of nature in it’s true form and of life working with what is freely around you.
Sometimes the key for your future can be found at right back to where you started. Letting your heart and soul be free by learning from your heritage can be refreshing and enlightening and be just the direction needed to fulfil your dreams.
Coming Home to Winter Island is a satisfying festive read that is beautifully heart-warming and poignant.
About the Author
Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show. In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband and three children.