Friday, 1 November 2019

Blog Tour ~ Coming Home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas

Headline Review
ebook 31 October 2019
paperback original 12 December 2019

My thanks to the author, publishers and Random Things Tours for my copy of this book
and the opportunity to take part in this blog tour

Do you need to find out where you've come from before you can know what the future holds? 

Ruby's singing career is on the verge of hitting the big time, when her voice breaks. Fearing her career is over, she signs up for a retreat in Tenerife to recover. But an unexpected call from a stranger on a remote Scottish island takes her on a short trip to sort out some family business. It's time to go and see the grandfather she's never met. City girl Ruby knows she will be happy to leave the windswept beaches behind as quickly as she can, especially as a years-old family rift means she knows she won't be welcome at Teach Mhor. But as she arrives at the big house overlooking the bay, she finds things are not as straightforward as she might have thought. There's an unexpected guest in the house and he's not planning on going anywhere any time soon ... 

What did I think about it..

The big house at Teach Mhor, on the Isle of Geamhradh, known locally as Winter Island, is as remote as its occupants and yet it has long been the home of Hector Macquarrie and his carer Lachlan, two men who are about to change Ruby Mac's life forever. Ruby has a promising singing career but she has a difficult choice to make because even though she knows that going to a remote Scottish island to help a grandfather she has never met is the right choice, she really should try harder to look after her singing voice and head to a healing retreat on Tenerife.

I was entirely captivated by this story, not just because of the beautiful remoteness of Winter Island, but also because of the strength of the characters who call this stunning place their home. It has a real island feel to it, with everyone knowing each other's business, and what they don't know for certain they make up, so there is much speculation about Ruby's mysterious visit to the island, and as the real reason for her time on the aptly named Winter Island becomes apparent so the story starts to capture your heart ♡

The author really knows how to hold the reader's attention and gives us a story which looks at some difficult topics, love, loss, and family responsibilities all vie for our attention and yet there is also hope in abundance and throughout the story there is a real sense of 'coming home'.

I loved reading Coming Home to Winter Island it made me laugh, smile and even shed a few tears. It's a really lovely warmhearted story about finding love and a sense of belonging in the most unexpected of places.

Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show. In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband and three children.

Twitter @Jo_Thomas01




  1. Thanks for supporting the blog tour Jo x

    1. No problem, Anne.I enjoyed reading this lovely story.


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