Publisher: Black & White Publishing (18 Dec 2013)
Inary Monteith’s life is at a crossroads. After a stolen night with her close friend Alex, she’s just broken his heart by telling him it was all a terrible mistake. Then she has to rush home from London to the Scottish Highlands when her little sister’s illness suddenly worsens – and in returning she must confront the painful memories she has been trying so hard to escape.
Back home, things become more complicated than she could ever have imagined. There’s her sister’s illness, her hostile brother, a smug ex she never wants to see again and her conflicted feelings about Alex in London and a handsome American she meets in Glen Avich. On top of that, she mysteriously loses her voice but regains a strange gift from her childhood – a sixth sense that runs in her family. And when a voice from the past keeps repeating, ‘Take me home’, she discovers a mystery that she knows she must unlock to set herself free.
Take Me Home is a beautiful story of love, loss, discovering one’s true abilities and, above all, never forgetting who you really are.
In the prologue, we’re taken back to when Inary is an 8 year old and a snapshot of her ‘gift’. We find out about sister Emily’s operations.
Now, Inary is an editor in a small London publisher and she’s a writer herself. Flat mate Lesley and Inary have totally opposite personalities! but they are really close. A night out with old friend Alex highlights how Inary is afraid of letting anyone in as a result of past experiences back in her home of Glen Avich. After speaking to brother Logan, Inary sets off back to Glen Avich (after the night she’s stolen with Alex).
I loved that while Inary is in Glen Avich finding out who she is and where she belongs, we get to experience Alex’ third person narrative of how he’s feeling and what’s happening to him in London.
Take Me Home is more than a story of the struggles of soul mates reconciling their pasts and their feelings for each other. Intrigue comes from not knowing what happened on the Loch for Inary to lose her sight when she was 12. Something so terrifying that she couldn’t go near the Loch and when she does … these scenes feel so real and I felt Inary’s terror as if it was my own. I enjoyed the humour in the library when she’s researching Mary.
The community spirit and generations past in Glen Avich comes across really well in the aftermath of their loss and of Inary losing her voice. Loved that Eilidh is a small part of Inary’s life (Take Me Home is the second book set in Glen Avich – you can read my review of Watch Over Me here).
Take Me Home has the right balance of humour and sadness. It’s Inary’s personality that moves the story beyond the loss and the grief. She is an awesome lead!
You don’t have to believe in the paranormal to enjoy this story. For me, the thing I remember the most reflecting while writing my review is the emotion (and that’s true for all characters). The lows and the highs. And resolutions for a perfect ending. I’m hoping Inary is a part of a future story – I would love to see what life is like for her moving forward.
Hauntingly beautiful. This is a ‘keeper’ for me.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing a proof copy in exchange for an honest review.