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The Place We Call Home

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,060 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Welcome to Ballycove, the home of Corrigan Mills...

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Irish countryside the famed mills have created the finest wool in all of Ireland. Run by the seemingly perfect Corrigan family, but every family has its secrets, and how the mills came to be the Corrigan's is one of them...

Miranda and her husband were never meant to own the mills,
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Published January 9th 2020 by Aria
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DJ Sakata
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It’s no place for a child, not really. Old Lord Blair is as odd as a hen in a hairdresser’s.

The years had taken inches from his height and added it to his waistband; his hair had greyed into the kind of silky thickness most women of his age would trade their best shoes for.

In that moment, Ada felt such a mixture of emotion for this man who had always stood by her, but who had turned into someone she hardly saw any more. He blended with the furniture of her life, so much so that s
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Place We Call Home by Faith Hogan

Hogan wrote a mesmerizing epic love story that spans generations and families. Set in the beautiful western part of Ireland, where the beauty of nature lavishes in a place where your heart will settle, love will flourish, and definitely have all the right ingredients to call this place home. That is Ballycove.

Miranda Reilly met Richard Blair, a Londoner, in Ballycove as he spent his summers there for years with his grandparents and they became very close chil
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Place We Call Home by Faith Hogan is a family saga about the Corrigan family.
A slow moving story set in Ireland and told in a dual storyline.
There are some interesting characters but unfortunately the story did not engage me.
Thank you to NetGalley and Aria for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

Corrigan Mills in Ballycove wove the finest wool. Miranda and husband Paddy became the owners through a hand of fate. And now after Paddy's death and her health scare, she had to take some decisions. Her children Ada, Callie and Simon too needed to decide what they wanted from life. Then there was Richard Blair, the original owner and his son Daniel.

It was exactly 03:16 am when I wrote this review. A book which was supposed to be just an appetizer for the Sunday r
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The Place We Call Home is a family saga, it's about one's place in the family and what it means to belong...or not. The way the characters interacted, the story flowed from past to present and from character to character was done so well. The plot moved at a pace that worked for the story being told. Of course I wanted more answers, but I was understanding of these mother child relationships that included their own personal relationships and how they navigated them. Faith Hogan wrote a book that ...more
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
There is nothing better than a wonderful story set in an idyllic location and this one ticked the boxes on both counts.

The story flicks between past and present with Miranda in her younger years and present day with alternating chapters between her and her adult children. I would say it focuses more on the women than Simon, the son and brother. He was a character that never really grew on me. He is a risk taker, more with other peoples money than his own and is like a young boy that has never re
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great saga that kept me hooked till the last page.
It's engrossing and enjoyable, full of emotions and it never bores.
I loved the great cast of characters, the vivid setting and the well crafted plot.
It's the first book I read by this author and won't surely be the last.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A family centric story but one also of with strong historical links set in an idyllic setting of Ballycove a village in Ireland which forms the backdrop to the story.

Miranda has taken over the mills through a quirk of fate. Now with intense hard work she has brought it from the brink of bankruptcy to its present state of being one of the foremost mills in the country with a reputation for quality and innovation unmatched by other designers. With ill health dogging her footsteps, Miranda knows sh
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
Set in Ballycove, Western Ireland, The Place We Call Home is a beautifully written, realistic and deeply emotional family saga which spans the generations with its a perfectly interweaving plot which delves into the past and connects it with the present. I love how Faith Hogan delves deep into the Irish way of life in Ballycove, it adds to the story and the characters, which I think makes everything feel very real and authentic.
The setting is absolutely perfect, each scene is vivid and adds a ma
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first read of 2020 and the perfect one after having a family Christmas as it revolves around the Corrigan family and all the dynamics which most families experience.

The beautiful setting of Ballycove in Ireland resounded with me as I grew up in a small Irish village and the unique village connections I could relate too.

The woollen mill is the centre of the Ballycove community. Miranda Corrigan has rescued it from closing and puts all her efforts into its success .

The dual storylin
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to netgalley and Aria books for an early copy in return for an honest review
Huge fan of this lady and her books are never disappointing and this book The place we call home is certainly 'the creme de la creme '
A dual time saga set in the west of Ireland at Corrigan mills it's a family at war with itself in many ways greed lust heartache this OUTSTANDING book has it all in abundance you really want to shout and shake some of them especially Simon but it's a totally mesmerising journey wit
Laura Nelson (Tangents and Tissues)

I feel like I’ve just binge-watched my next favourite series on Netflix. It’s a case of once you start you just can’t stop!

Do I need to duck for cover when I make this admission? *winces* Okay, here goes – this was my first Faith Hogan read...

I know, right? Calm your jets! (Yup, I totally wanted to say something else here, but *shrugs* this is the PG version *snorts*.) In my defence, I will just say it’s that old adage of ‘too many books not enough time’ and I want to thank the person who w
Shawn Callon
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
My spouse read this book and here's her review.

Set in Ireland after World War Two, life is ripped apart in its aftermath. The story is set interestingly around two families, a village and a mill. The threads are developed well and come to a satisfying if not obvious conclusion. Each character is believable and fully defined.

This review was edited and written by Shawn Callon, the author of The Diplomatic Spy.
Julie Morris
We ran out of heating oil on Saturday (due to a combination of a monitor on the blink and the distraction of Christmas – don’t ask.) As a result, our house has been freezing, just as Storm Brendan blew in. Brrrrrr!

Why am I telling you this? Because the one thing that has warmed me through while I’ve been waiting for a fuel delivery is reading this charming novel. It has left me with a happy glow, a bit like the Ready Brek kid from the advert, and I was both loathe and happy to get to the gorgeou
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
It must be the curse of every Irish author to be compared with Maeve Binchy, but on this occasion… I’m sorry, I really have to! I remember so well the joy of discovering books like Light A Penny Candle and Circle of Friends, losing myself in the stories, totally unable to set them aside and leave the worlds they created. And this book gave me exactly that same feeling – warmth and comfort, a strong sense of place, an all-consuming story, characters that made me feel for them so very strongly. I ...more
Jessica Belmont
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Place We Call Home is a beautiful, epic love story that I was absolutely absorbed by. Faith Hogan’s writing is absolutely wonderful and I just want to open this book up and read again.

I love how Faith Hogan weaves the past and present together and tells a story that is just fabulous. The amazing cast of characters in this intimate town setting just add to this story. I love how realistic they are and I felt like I knew them.

I could just keep going about how amazing I think this story is. The
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok firstly, let me start by saying that no amount of words I could use demonstrate how much love I have for this author and all of her books.
It is an absolute honour to be asked to be a part of the blog tour for this fantastic new release and I am extremely thrilled to share this review.
This is an extremely heartwarming family saga set in the beautiful West of Ireland. As with all of Hogan’s books, I haven’t been able to put this one down. I was completely engaged from the very first page and fi
Jane Hunt
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A family saga set in Western Ireland. The setting is vivid and provides the perfect ethos for this story. Family secrets, love, lies, hardship, loss, and after much angst and drama, the light at the end of the tunnel, make this a poignant but ultimately satisfying story. This immersive read draws the reader into a quintessentially Irish way of life, with a solid plot, that showcases the spectrum of human emotions. Authentic, complex characters and a chance to escape into another world.

This is a
Michelle Ryles
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-read
Faith Hogan has done it again! The Place We Call Home is another outstanding book from this amazingly talented Irish author (she writes crime now too, don't you know!). Faith Hogan's books always draw me in completely and make me feel like I'm part of the family, and never more so than in this family saga of the Corrigans of Ballycove.

It's like a complete family history as we meet the present day owner of Corrigan Mills, septuagenarian Miranda Corrigan, and flash back to her childhood when the m
Kerry Robinson
This novel was such a wonderful and leisurely read.  There was no need to rush it or race through but it needed to be devoured and savored.  The best way I can sum the writing style of this novel is that it resembles a Maeve Binchy novel and I mean that with very high praise as I love Binchy's writing )I sincerely apologise if this causes offense).

The novel is told across a dual timeline.  The past, when Miranda is younger, develops a story of a young girl growing into a woman.  It is filled wit
Kay M
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful family filled read that I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish.
This book is set in the beautiful Irish countryside and is based on the lives of the Corrigan Family who own and run the famous Corrigan Mills.
This story explains how the family came to own the Mills and all of the secrets that all have been keeping to themselves.
The story mainly revolves around the life of Miranda. You start with reading about the childhood of Miranda and how hard that was. You get a good i
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Young Miranda Reilly longs for something to fill her long, summer days in her slumberous town of Ballycove. Adolescent Richard Blair leaves the noise of London behind, to spend his summers in picturesque Ballycove with his grandparents. The two youngsters meet and become instant friends.

As the years pass, despite the separation and distance, their fledgling relationship blooms like the soft pink of a rose and continues to flourish. Miranda gains employment in the town’s mills and Richard gets a
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well I have to say that the imagery that this author has created in this book is exceptional, I loved reading the sections about the mills, the countryside and life that Miranda experienced as a child.

Then add the present day settings as Miranda, the owner of Corrigan’s Mill, is starting to feel her years, her health is not as it once was. In the wings her three children try to workout what their mum is going to do with a lucrative business and also worry about her remaining years and their futu
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Miranda has been at the helm of Corrigan Mills since her husband and business partner died years ago. A world renowned manufacturer of woolen goods, it employs a majority of the local townspeople. When Miranda has a heart attack, her three children become aware of how they'd each like to see the future of the mills evolve, and childhood jealousies enter into an already difficult picture. Ada, the oldest, has been working the financial and business end of the mills ever since she was able to work ...more
Claire Mc Partlin
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Faith Hogan is fast becoming an auto-buy for me, I just love the story and characters in her books, always something to keep you riveted.

This book is set in Ireland around a wollen mill, so being of Irish descent and loving anything wool/yarn related this was a no-brainer for me!

Miranda was the glue of the whole story, the matriarch of Corrigan Mills, who ran everything with a wise but very people orientated way about her, and let her children have their own way, but just to a certain extent.  I
Grace J Reviewerlady
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a fantastic read! It's no wonder that Faith Hogan is one my very favourite authors!

Miranda has lived in Ballycove all her life, and has never wanted to live anywhere else. Her life has panned out differently from what she expected, but Miranda wouldn't have it any other way. She is now approaching a time when she should give up work, but only one of her three children wants to follow in her footsteps; Miranda is not convinced that she will keep the successful business thriving, and every lo
Sharon Brewer
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It is the story of a family that runs a wool mill in Ireland. Lots of family dysfunction, but the author helps the characters accept their differences. Highly recommend!
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Young Miranda Reilly, longs for something to fill her long, summer days in her slumberous town of Ballycove. Adolescent Richard Blair, leaves the noise of London behind to spend his summers in picturesque Ballycove with his grandparents. The two youngsters meet and become instant friends.

As the years pass, despite the separation and distance, their fledgling relationship blooms like the soft pink of a rose and continues to flourish. Miranda gains employment in the town’s mills and Richard gets
Michelle Whitham (curled_up_with_a_good_book)
This is a beautiful family saga that spans many years and generations, and I thoroughly enjoyed  every second.

The story follows the Corrigan family and is told through a duel timeline.  We meet Miranda when she is just a young girl and grow with her and her family.  But the story of her life is woven fantastically throughout the book, leaving you in anticipation as you read, culminating in a satisfying ending.  We learn of her loves and losses, and are able to fall in love with this amazing char
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some families might look perfect from the outside, but spend enough time with them and dig deep enough and you’re sure to find the secrets that they hide, the resentments and hurts that lie not too far under the surface.

The Corrigan family of Ballycove own the wool mills and have done for many years. But the time is coming for the family matriarch Miranda to decide who will take over the mills when she is no longer running them. Faith Hogan has managed to weave her entire story around the mills
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Faith Hogan is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of four novels. Her books have featured as Book Club Favorites, Net Galley Hot Reads and Summer Must Reads. She writes grown up women's fiction which is unashamedly uplifting, feel good and inspiring.

Faith Hogan was born in Ireland. She gained an Honours Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgr

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