Jun 25, 2015

Australia Week: House for All Seasons by Jenn J McLeod

Bequeathed a century-old house, four estranged friends return to their home town, Calingarry Crossing, where each must stay for a season to fulfil the wishes of their beloved benefactor, Gypsy. Here they finally face the consequences of the tragic accident that occurred twenty years ago and changed their lives forever.
Sara, a breast cancer survivor afraid to fall in love;
Poppy, an ambitious journo craving her father’s approval;
Amber, a spoilt socialite looking for some purpose to life;
Caitlin, a doctor frustrated by a controlling family
At Dandelion House, each will discover something about themselves and a secret that will bind them forever. 


 After Gypsy's death four women have to come together after twenty years. Gypsy has left them the Dandelion House. There's one condition, they each have to spend a season at the house. Sara is the first one who's staying. She has some unfinished business in Calingarry Crossing. After so many years she finally has a chance to become friends with Will again. She was once madly in love with him, but she never got the chance to tell him. Now they have time to catch up and go out together, but their tragic pasts are making things difficult for both of them. 

Poppy is a journalist who wants nothing more than her father's pride. It's the only thing she's ever wanted to achieve and the one thing she never received. Even when she wins a prestigious award she can't be happy because her father isn't there to celebrate with her. Poppy has a wonderful boss who takes good care of her and she needs him. When she goes to the Dandelion House she's all alone. There's only a friend of her father to talk to. She learns more about the background of the man whose approval she craved and also that it's good to need someone who cares for her.

Amber seems to have it all. In the eyes of so many people she has the perfect life. She's married to a rich man, she can do whatever she wants and she has a beautiful daughter. Her father plays an important role in her life and she used to adore him. Amber's stay at the house is necessary for her confidence and well being. She's always done what other people wanted her to do and she has lost herself in the process. Being on her own with animals to take care of and a visit to her mother every now and then she finally has the chance to find out what she wants. 

Caitlin is the daughter of a successful doctor. Her father's work is legendary and she had to follow in his footsteps. He has passed away and that's giving her the chance to go to the countryside and feel free for a while. Caitlin is a good doctor, but she'd rather care for animals instead of people. While she is in Dandelion House she discovers a terrible secret, something she has to share with her childhood friends.

Because of something that happened in their past Sara, Poppy, Amber and Caitlin are no longer friends. They drifted apart, because they couldn't cope being together. There were too many memories. While being at the house they have to face their past. The house used to be a safe haven and Gypsy wanted them to have that also after her death. I loved that idea. House for All Seasons is a beautiful story about four very different women. They're as different as the seasons. They are all strong, but somehow stuck and they need their life to change. I liked to see the developments in their character during the time they spent at the house. It has a healing effect and it also make them see things more clearly. I think Jenn J McLeod has written a fantastic book. House for All Seasons is very special, it's such a warm and wonderful story.

3 comments:

  1. Happy Australia Week! I am so glad you liked House for all Seasons. The first book published is always a special one for me.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment. I can imagine it was wonderful to find a publisher and the book is really special. I can't wait to read the next two books!

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  2. This book looks really intriguing (although god knows I don't need any more books on my to be read list, but still...), and went to Amazon.co.uk to find out more, but couldn't find it on there. Is it not available in the UK yet?

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