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A Thousand Roads Home

by Carmel Harrington

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on A Thousand Roads Home

A truly gorgeous and inspiring read, it may well make your heart ache, but also fill with love too. Ruth and her son DJ are struggling to find a home in Dublin when Dr O’Grady and his dog Bette Davis come into their lives. Several very current issues, including homelessness, are explored. I’d rather let you enter the tale without filling in too much detail, as this feels like a journey to be undertaken without preconceived ideas. I love Carmel Harrington’s writing, as I have said before, she deals with provocative issues with thoughtful consideration. The story slowly and beautifully comes together, the words opened my heart and mind, and encouraged me to explore and consider. I fell in love with the characters, I’ve welcomed them into my thoughts and they remain, keeping me company. The note from the author at the end is fascinating, particularly when she explains the background to, and research she made for the book. A Thousand Roads Home is a lovely, compelling, very readable tale (with a perfect title) and I have chosen it as one my picks of the month.

Liz Robinson

A Thousand Roads Home Synopsis

Meet Tom. Or Dr O'Grady, as he used to be called. When you pass him on the street, most people don't even give him a second glance. You see, Tom isn't living his best life. Burdened by grief, he's only got his loyal dog, Bette Davis, for company and a rucksack containing his whole world.

Then there's Ruth and her son, DJ, who no longer have a place to call home. But Ruth believes that you can change the world by helping one person at a time - and Tom needs her help...

A Thousand Roads Home Press Reviews

Convincing characters, always gripping, endearing, with a cracking pace.


A popular voice in Irish publishing, often compared to the beloved Maeve Binchy, Harrington focuses her books on relationships, with a strong emotional overlay.


Carmel Harrington is a natural storyteller ... with heart, humour & hope. RTE

Beautifully written, emotionally intelligent & moving in the extreme. DAILY MAIL UK

Heartwarming humour, with tears, laughter & friendship. Immensely enjoyable.


Will make you see life in a different way. WOMAN'S WAY

Her books are like a hug, they envelop you ... clever, finely honed, they make you think & make you grateful. IRELAND AM BOOK CLUB

An uplifting, relevant must-read. IMAGE MAGAZINE

Heartwarming & emotional. IRISH COUNTRY MAGAZINE

A nuanced read, but at its heart, warm. SUNDAY INDEPENDENT

Get your tissues ready! BEST MAGAZINE


Touching, heart-aching, yet feel good read, full of love & humour. LOVEREADING.CO.UK

Will melt even the coldest of hearts. NOVELICIOUS

Quietly brilliant, will make you cry, laugh & cry all over again. FEMALE FIRST MAGAZINE

Heartwarming & Heartbreaking. EVENING HERALD

The lesson A Thousand Roads Home teaches you, is one that will stay in your heart a very long time. SHEMAZING MAGAZINE

One of Ireland's most talked about female authors. THE IRISH WORLD

Carmel's writing is exquisite and she has a real talent for making you believe that you can be extraordinary too. INDULGE ME MAGAZINE

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780008276614
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008276614
Publication date: 8th August 2019
Author: Carmel Harrington
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Relationship Stories,
Collections: 8 Dog Friendly Relationship Novels,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Romance,

About Carmel Harrington

Carmel Harrington lives with her husband, Roger, and children, Amelia and Nate, in a small coastal village in Wexford. She credits the idyllic setting as a constant source of inspiration to her. She has won several international awards including Kindle Book of Year and Romantic eBook of Year at the Festival of Romance in 2013 for her debut novel, Beyond Grace's Rainbow.Carmel is a regular on Irish TV as one of the panelists on TV3's Midday show, as well as being interviewed on RTE1's Today show, TV3's IrelandAM and The Morning Show. She has also been interviewed ...

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