Home to Roost : Putting Down Roots in Cornwall, Hardback

Home to Roost : Putting Down Roots in Cornwall Hardback

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Seagulls in the Attic left Tessa thrilled as Annie, her best friend from London, fell in love and married a local Cornishman.

Alas the newlyweds decide to settle out of the county but Tessa and her husband are delighted when a new young couple arrive in the village fresh from the city.

However what looks such a promising new friendship turns to a nightmare as these are people who think money can buy them acceptance - and the village is soon in quiet revolt.

Tessa finds herself in the thick of it - and realises that she has grown very strong roots in the community in the two years she has been in Cornwall.

Like so many in the country, she has to think about turning her house into a source of income in the summer months.

Having finally got the place up to scratch, she and her family are wondering whether to camp for a couple of months when they are asked to take over a B&B owned by friends of friends.

Tessa is bubbly, outgoing - but quite inexperienced at being a landlady.

She muddles through only with the generous help of the 'customers' on her postal round. Written with her usual warmth and good humour, Tessa Hainsworth enchants us again with her stories of life as a newcomer to 'deep' Cornwall and makes us dwell on the true value and meaning of 'home'.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781848093751



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The author narrates the story from her perspective as a postwoman who is finally setting down amidst the Cornish villagers, and - at last - being accepted as one of them. She has a pleasant, light style that makes this an easy and relaxing read; it's descriptive, and gentle, and would probably appeal to anyone who knows anything about Cornwall or village life in general. <br/><br/>There are far more characters on Tessa's round - many of them a little eccentric - than I could keep track of, although it didn't really matter; perhaps, had I read the first two books in the series, it would have been easier to remember who was whom. The blurb on the back claims that 'a promising friendship quickly turns into a nightmare and the village is soon in quiet revolt'... a pity that whoever wrote that didn't actually read the book. There's actually a new couple who can't adjust and ruffle a few feathers in the village, while Tessa becomes a bit frustrated and wonders where her loyalties lie... but that's about as far as it goes.<br/><br/>The blurb also claims 'hilarious results' from another situation which could perhaps have been funny, but wasn't particularly amusing at all. I think this epitomises my problem with the book, and the reason why, despite it being a pleasant enough read, I don't feel any inclination to get hold of the earlier ones in the series. There are some promising characters and situations... but they all peter out rather too easily with very little emotion. I realise that the book is about real people and real life, written as a memoir with names and details changed, but more than once I found myself wondering just when the story would start. <br/><br/>Still, it made pleasant enough reading over a quiet weekend. It would make a good bedtime book, since a chapter at a time is plenty, and there's nothing that could possibly lead to bad dreams.

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