The River Home by Hannah Richell

Synopsis: The river can take you home. But the river can also drag you under… The new novel from bestselling author Hannah Richell. A wise and emotionally powerful story of a broken family and the courage it takes to heal.

The river can take you home. But the river can also drag you under…

‘It’s something she learned years ago – the hard way – and that she knows she will never forget: even the sweetest fruit will fall and rot into the earth, eventually. No matter how deep you bury the pain, the bones of it will rise up to haunt you … like the echoes of a summer’s night, like the river flowing relentlessly on its course.’

Margot Sorrell didn’t want to go home. She had spent all her adult life trying not to look behind. But a text from her sister Lucy brought her back to Somerset. ‘I need you.’

As Margot, Lucy and their eldest sister, Eve, reunite in the house they grew up in beside the river, the secrets they keep from each other, and from themselves, refuse to stay hidden. A wedding brings them together but long-simmering resentments threaten to tear the family apart. No one could imagine the way this gathering would change them all forever. And through the sorrow they are forced to confront, there is a chance that healing will also come. But only if the truth is told.

Review: I was quite curious about this novel, which reminded me a bit of a book I’ve already read by Sarah Morgan.

We follow three sisters: Lucy, Eve, and Margot. They are all together today for Lucy’s wedding as she is organizing this event at the last minute. They haven’t seen Margot in years and hope to reconcile her with their mother. However, it will be far from easy.

So we follow the story alternating between past and present to discover how Margot came to this point, how she left her whole family. I must say that I had guessed quite easily what Margot had undergone, but for Lucy, I confess that I was surprised!

This was a pretty good novel. The pace was pretty slow, but I was curious to find out about the lives of all the characters. I had a good tome with the novel!

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