A Home in the Sun by Sue Moorcroft

At the beginning of the book, Judith has a wonderful life in Malta, living with her much younger partner and working for her uncle’s estate agency. When Giorgio dies in a tragic accident, Judith goes back to Northamptonshire to escape the memories. She is heartbroken and finding it hard to come to terms with her loss, and this is exacerbated by his family’s old-fashioned, traditional attitudes to her and her place in his life.

The contrasting settings of Malta and Northamptonshire are vividly described. The characters are well drawn and relatable, though not always particularly likeable. It took me quite a while to warm to Judith, and Giorgio always seemed fairly superficial. Back in England her life is complicated, but the various problems she faces are lightened with humour as she tries to find closure and decide what to do with the rest of her life.

I had read and enjoyed most of Sue Moorcroft’s early books, but must have missed this one as it turns out to be a reissue of her very first book Uphill All the Way from 2005. It is darker in mood than some of the others, and the change of title does not make a lot of sense. Nevertheless, I enjoyed A Home in the Sun and look forward to reading Sue Moorcroft’s next book.

Thanks to Avon for the invitation to read and review A Home in the Sun, and NetGalley for providing the digital copy.