Today I'm delighted to be participating in the Book Tour of Richard Smith's Homeward Bound hosted by Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources, the other participants of which are linked to below in the Blog Tour Schedule .
A bittersweet story of growing older, of fulfilling your dreams ... no matter what your age. Left feeling all warm and fuzzy as I thought back on my relationship with my own grandfather and the brief spell I spent living with him, Homeward Bound is largely but not exclusively the inter-generational tale of grandfather, George and granddaughter, Tara who on the face of it are two very different people and yet, as it turns out, have so much more in common than it at first seems; their love of music being the common denominator, that they both face uncertain futures something that draws them even closer.
Simply and yet beautifully told, well observed, funny and oh so moving; Toby's (George's son-in-law) constant mocking and putting down of his father-in-law moved me to tears as did the section of the book in which George, recently introduced to the World Wide Web, innocently types into a search engine only to discover that he's opened ... well, you can imagine - only these were tears of laughter.
That I found myself invested in all the characters in the way that I did, yes, even the ones I grew to despise, a sure sign of an author with a promising future ahead of them, I'm already longing to know what's next.
SUMMED UP IN A SENTENCE ... A warm and charming debut novel with memorable characters, the tunes/bands entwined in the narrative a nice touch - be warned there are any number of potential earworms.
INFORMATION ABOUT HOMEWARD BOUND ...
Genre: Contemporary fiction, Book group
Publication Date: 28th January 2020
Estimated Page Count - 304
ABOUT RICHARD SMITH ... Richard Smith is a writer and storyteller for sponsored films and commercials, with subjects as varied as caring for the elderly, teenage pregnancies, communities in the Niger delta, anti- drug campaigns and fighting organised crime. Their aim has been to make a positive difference, but, worryingly, two commercials he worked on featured in a British Library exhibition, ‘Propaganda’.
FOLLOW RICHARD SMITH ...
Richard's Blog ~ Twitter
BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE ...
July 12th: Reviews in Heels ~ HannahLovesToRead ~ Books Are Cool
July 13th: Annasadventuresinbookland ~ Being Anne ~ Cheryl M-M's Book Blog
July 14th: Northernreader ~ Literate Littles ~ Curled up with a good book
July 15th: Felicity Grace Terry ~ donnasbookblog ~ BookBeforeULeap
July 16th: Radzy Writes ~ Jazzy Book Reviews ~ BetweenTheLines
July 17th: c.isfor.claire_reads ~ Novel Kicks ~ Minimac Reviews
July 18th: Karen K is reading ~ The Magic Of Wor(l)ds ~ Tizi’s Book Review
July 19th: Chez Maximka ~ B for bookreview ~ Little Miss Book Lover 87
July 20th: Rhirhireader ~ Ellesea Loves Reading ~ Stardust Book Reviews
July 21st: just_a_girl_who_loves_to_read ~ What Rebecca's Read ~ Splashes Into Books
My thanks to Rachel for organising this tour and making sure I got a paper copy.