Finding Home: A brilliant feel good romance

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If you save a crumbling mansion, will it mend a broken heart? Feel-good, warm and romantic, FINDING HOME is perfect for fans of Carole Matthews and Milly Johnson.

A month ago, Amy Wood had her perfect home, her perfect boyfriend and her perfect job in London. Now she's broken-hearted, living in her parents' tiny bungalow, and working in a local estate agents in Bath.

At least her new job keeps her busy. Rosemont Hall is a crumbling mansion riddled with woodworm, dry rot – and secrets.

As Amy searches for the perfect owner to restore the house to its former glory, she begins to uncover pieces of the past that some people would rather remain hidden.

In her battle to save Rosemont Hall, Amy will encounter scary housekeepers, evil property developers and mysterious American heirs – and will discover whether the secrets of the past can bring her closer to the future of her dreams...

What readers are saying about Finding Home:

'Lauren Westwood's debut novel is exactly what I wanted it to be. If you're an old romantic, a Jane Austen fan or just want a good laugh, then look no further'

'Gripping story from beginning to end'

'Fab story. Couldn't put the book down'

'The book grabbed me and sucked me in'

'Romantic, funny and with an intriguing tale of mystery thrown in too'

'A great read, it kept me captivated all the way through'

'A lovely lighthearted story with some great comic moments'

'Uplifting, funny and well-written'

'Heartwarming characters in a glorious setting, it's pure, happy romantic escapism'

Lauren Westwood's next novel, FINDING SECRETS, is also avaliable on Amazon. Search: 9781784975890

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About the author

Lauren Westwood is also a prize winning debut YA novelist and a solicitor for a renewable energy company. Originally from California, she now lives in a rickety 400-year-old house in Surrey, with her partner Ian and their three young daughters.

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Publisher
Head of Zeus
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Published on
Apr 1, 2016
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781784975883
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Family Life / Marriage & Divorce
Fiction / Historical / World War I
Fiction / Mashups
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Workplace
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