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Turning for Home

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A cantankerous, elegant old woman sits in her beautiful Somerset house while her family secretly plots to evict her. In the garden is Lady Pamela's last loyal retainer, out at grass is her one remaining racehorse, and in London is the man she should have married - still her dearest friend.

Maeve Delaney, streetwise and outrageous, and sole applicant for the job of companion
Paperback, 512 pages
Published June 24th 2002 by Headline Review (first published June 24th 2001)
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Margaret L
Aug 26, 2015 Margaret L rated it it was amazing
The book is very well written, lots of twists and turns. The ending is quite surprising - and certainly not expected. The characters are very well developed - and believable.

Granted, I was reading this book while I needed some distraction - but it truly kept my attention, and at times was very hard to put down.

I can't wait to read more of her work.
Sep 19, 2009 Phair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Really good! Very moving story that brought in a wide variety of characters to great effect. While I was drawn to the book by the 'horsey content' that aspect was not really central although the horse info presented was well done. Ending was surprising. The hardcover edition had really tiny print so this was a more substantial novel than the page count would indicate.
Christina Rochester
May 02, 2015 Christina Rochester rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Maeve was like a breath of fresh air, feisty and completely unrelenting. The way in which she stopped Lady Pamela being sent into sheltered housing was absolutely brilliant. A scene I would kill to see. However the last chapter is so upsetting. Not ashamed to say I shed more than a few tears.
Sep 29, 2010 Penny rated it really liked it
Again Challis tells a story which relates the views of many different characters in a Somerset village, as a zany Irish caregiver moves into the home of a senior citizen. Maeve's impact on her friends, new and old, is fascinating. I'm going to read all of Challis' booklist now.
Jun 18, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it
Quite a good read. Interesting play between an old lady and a young woman, two very different characters.
Jan 12, 2009 Alison rated it really liked it
Once I got started I just wanted to keep reading - so much so that nothing else got done this weekend - good storyline and characters with personality - sort of sad at the end.
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Sarah Challis, whose father is the distinguished cinematographer, Christopher Challis, travelled widely with film units as a child. She has since lived in Scotland and California but is now happily settled in a Dorset village with three rescued dogs and three chickens. She is married with four sons.
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