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Coming Home

by Fern Britton

Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Family Drama Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

LoveReading View on Coming Home

Just gorgeous. I do love a feel-good read, add biting realism and aching intensity, and you have a winner in your hands. Ella and Henry have a deep and loving connection to Cornwall, when their grandmother dies the past throws up new possibilities, not all however, are welcome. Fern Britton writes so beautifully about Cornwall, the warmth and love is felt, bringing the houses and villages to life. The story is set in three main time frames which allows you to properly meet and get to know the three generations who walk through the pages. None of the characters are perfect, which is perfect, as they feel relatable, touchable, real. There is an exotic addition, which adds an extra glow, and as the story comes to its conclusion I had my fingers and toes crossed for a joyful ending. Coming Home is a truly lovely read, deeply rich and emotional, it is easy to sink into, easy to become a part of, and warmed the cockles of my heart.

Liz Robinson

Coming Home Synopsis

You will love this emotional and gripping read. Escape to Cornwall and preorder the gorgeous new novel from Sunday Times best-selling author Fern Britton.

When the only place you want to be is home... When Ella's beloved grandmother dies, she comes back to the beautiful Cornish coast to heal her heart. There she finds her home again and discovers a new life, and new love ... But she also opens a treasure trove of secrets. Sennen left Cornwall a young single mum but unable to cope. She left her children, her family and part of her. She's spent the years hiding from her past, hiding from herself. Now it's time to come back. To Cornwall. To face her mistakes. To pray for forgiveness. To hope for a future with her daughter. Pendruggan: A Cornish village with secrets at its heart

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Coming Home Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

For me, this was the best book Fern has written, and I liked all of them! Give yourself a treat, curl up, with ‘Coming Home’. Time will stand still, your cuppa will go cold, but you will have a smile on your face as you read... Full review

Angie Rhodes

This is not a book that I would recommend to a friend! Full review

Pam Woodburn

It’s an easy read and I did find myself drawn into the story. Full review

Doreen McKeown

I was gripped by this book from Page 1. I thought it was a great story, with the cast of characters really brought to life by the author. Full review

Jo Cooper

A romantic, easy read for Fern Britton fans. Full review

Val Rowe

A perfectly reasonable light read. Full review

Sue Redgrave

A disappointing Cornwall-based family saga with great promise which failed to deliver. The lack of insight into the characters' motivations left me cold and the resolution was trite and formulaic. Full review

Ann Alderton

This emotional roller-coaster will have you in tears on more than one occasion but is a feel good story. Fern Britton is a great storyteller and Coming Home is definitely a book that needs to be on your 2018 reading list. Full review

Ailsa Anderson

This is the first book I have read by Fern Britton. The story gripped me from the start and the momentum carried you through right to the end. It was a real page-turner and would be an ideal book to take on holiday. Full review

Christine Waddington

‘Coming Home’ was the first book or short story that I read by Fern Britton and I thought she is quite an accomplished writer. Full review

Heide MacKenzie

Beautifully descriptive, realistic characters and I can imagine coming back to this tale many times. loved it and would recommend it as gentle escapist reading. Will have to read another of Fern’s efforts! Full review

Jan Kirkcaldy

Set against the calming backdrop of Cornwall this book is a delight to read. One may initially be judgemental of the decisions made by a young Sennen, but can only hope that things will work out. Full review

Julie Watkin

'Coming Home' landing on my mat just before Christmas, was like an early present. It was wonderfully readable with a feel good factor that made it perfect holiday fiction. Full review

Rosie Watch

The heart-rending, thoroughly absorbing story of a family torn apart by a young girl’s reckless behaviour. Full review

Gillian Varley

The novel is set in Cornwall and the idyllic location does make you want to actually be there among the locals. Full review


A brilliant story of so many wasted years of heartache, family, love and loss. In the beautiful settings of English countryside and India. Full review

Tasha Potter

A heart-warming, gentle read. This book is perfect for lazy summer days on a beach. Or read it curled up under a blanket in front of a roaring fire on a winter’s evening - in a Cornish cottage! Full review

Sarah Hamid

A great, easy read from Fern Britton, ‘Coming Home’ weaves a tale of generational relationships set amongst the stunning Cornish scenery that Fern is famous for writing about. Full review

Glenda Worth

I always get excited when I see that Fern Britton has a new book out and I could not wait for this one. Fern's books are pure escapism and wonderful to read. Full review

Hannah Ward

An interesting story, but fairly light reading Full review

Kathy Martin

A quick and easy read, ideal for a beach holiday. Full review

Susan Wallace

Teenager Sennen has two babies following an infatuation. Leaving the children behind, she travels the world for years. Returning a mature woman, she seeks to mend the broken bonds of the past. Full review

Pat Randall

I have read Fern Britton before and though not literary fiction she told a good story which held the attention throughout. Full review

Dana Captainino

It was well written though, beautifully descriptive of the locations involved whether Cornwall, Spain or India. Full review

Victoria Kirkcaldy

I was surprisingly impressed, and read the book extremely quick. I liked the short chapters and wanted to keep reading to find out more. Full review

Sarah Dimmock

It's an easy to read book which I read very quickly and it will be ideal for holiday reading. Full review

Pauline Braisher

by returning to her old life does she damage the new life she has made and hurt the people in it? Full review

Dawn Vanstone

An emotionally charged story that moves across continents and time, showing the importance of family and that it is never too late to make amends. Full review

Elisabeth Thomas

A really good family-orientated saga set in beautiful surroundings. Full review

Nicola Kingswell

Coming Home Press Reviews

`Coming Home will give you the warmest of glows; with love at its heart, this is a story of family secrets, forgiveness and fresh starts. I adored every word!  Cathy Bramley, Sunday Times Bestseller 

`Incredibly atmospheric'   Sun  

More praise for Fern Britton: 

`Warm and intriguing and thoroughly enjoyable'   Sunday Times bestseller, Katie Fforde  

`Another ripping good read'  Good Housekeeping  

`Charming and fun read'  OK 

`A light-hearted, fun read...'  Daily Mail  

`Complicated friendships and tales of a chaotic love life make this a must-read'  Woman 

`A light-hearted, fun read that perfectly captures the sights and smells of village life

`Fern Britton has transferred her fun and friendly charm to the page'  Good Housekeeping 

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ISBN: 9780007563005
Publication date: 22/02/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007563005
Publication date: 22nd February 2018
Author: Fern Britton
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Fern Britton

Fern Britton began her career as a television presenter in 1980 after completing a stage management course at the Central School of Drama. In 1985 Fern became the presenter of the popular Coast to Coast, which lead to presenting roles on prime time television shows, the most iconic of which was on ITV's flagship show This Morning. Fern's warmth, humour, empathy and compassion have made her incredibly popular and she has become a much sought after presenter. In 2008 Fern released her autobiography Fern: My Story, which was a huge bestseller. Fern is deeply committed to a number of charities, in particular those ...

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