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A Home in the Sun

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This was a wonderful summer read by Sue Moorcroft. It was not my first by this author and definitely won’t be my last. I have loved all her books that I have read and this one was no exception. The story was heartbreaking at times, but also heartwarming and uplifting. I shed a few tears, I smiled and felt warm and fuzzy and I even laughed a couple of times. What more could you want?

The story starts in Malta and moves between Malta and the UK and back again and follows Judith. Judith was an easy to like main character. She’s kind and fun and far from high maintenance, which is what I like. At the start of the story she has recently moved to Malta after a divorce and ends up meeting a younger Maltese man and things start to develop but not without complications. Then something happens to him and she fleas back to the UK to be close to her family and perhaps start life again there.

In the UK she meets Adam the tenant in her cottage and he seems to be there for her for every single crisis she goes through and there were many! There was never a dull moment in this story and the setting especially in Malta is beautiful and really makes you want to go there! 

Here is what to expect in this story:
✅ the beauty of Malta, its people and food

✅ romance, but no graphic sex scenes

✅ complicated family drama

✅ loss and grieving

✅ self discovery


This is a beautifully written story, with everything that I look for in a rom-com, so a story I would highly recommend to those that love a good rom-com and could do with a bit of sunshine.

I would like to thank Sue Moorcroft, Avon Books and NetGalley for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I have always enjoyed Sue Moorcroft's books after finding a few recently. The book tells the story of Judith living in Malta to find a new life for the summer and ends up meeting some new friends, could they turn into lovers? Sue always finds a way to give very detailed descriptions of the town and you're able to transport yourself there quite easily.  I did spend some time settling into the book but was eventually hooked!

This was a fabulous summer read and I look forward to more. I actually did not realize that this was a re-release of her first publication.

Thank you Netgalley and Avon Books for the ARC.
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It was with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation to read and review this new book from Sue Moorcroft; I have enjoyed every book of hers that I have read, as this author seems to have a gift for formulating just the right combination of fun and romance, to make the perfect novel.
I liked the idea of a novel set in Malta; if I can’t go on holiday abroad this year, I shall choose to vacation vicariously through my reading habits! I enjoyed the descriptions of Malta and at times I could almost imagine I was there. Judith was a great character, but I felt for her as her relationship with Giorgio didn’t seem to be what it once was. She seemed to be living in the stark reality of what their life had become after the ‘Shirley Valentine-esque’ advent of their relationship. I really did feel for her though at the reaction of Giorgio’s family to their relationship; even if it was a cultural thing.

Although fate was not kind to Judith, she dealt with its outcome with typical British stoicism and I admired her for that. I also admired the author for the compassionate way with which she dealt with Judith’s situation; she cleverly managed to portray just the right balance of drama, whilst retaining the realism of the story and the situation. I found that I was genuinely sad at the idea of Judith giving up her lovely life in Malta and returning to England.

It transpired that financial affairs were not Giorgio’s forte; however by the time that this became apparent, I had become so invested in Judith’s future, that I was desperate for his financial dealings with Judith to be innocent, albeit ill advised. I am such a romantic and prefer to see the best in people until proven otherwise. This has been my undoing on more than one occasion, but it’s me and I simply can’t help it.

I had the utmost respect for Judith’s relationship with her stepson Kieran; proof that you don’t have to be blood relatives in order to have an enviable Mother/Son connection. Indeed, their connection was more solid than that between Kieran and his Father; the foundations constructed from a combination of love and mutual respect. The power of Judith’s love as Kieran’s ‘Mother’ shone through, with her reaction to the Kieran/Beth storyline. I was equally touched by the rapport between Judith and her Mother, an example being the problem page discussion between them. Their mutual admiration was portrayed simply, yet beautifully.

I garnered great pleasure from the easy going relationship between Judith and Adam and I had great hopes for the two of them. I liked the easy humour between them, an example being when Fingers went missing. I found myself enchanted by the way that their relationship seemed to build up momentum in a perfectly controlled manner.

In all, I found this to be charming, relaxing read, and I cannot wait to read the next offering from the Sue Moorcroft stable
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Thanks to netgalley for the chance to read this book.

When Judith’s partner dies she loses her apartment in Malta.  She decides to come back to England and stay in her sisters spare room whilst she waits for Adam the tenant in her own house to move out. She strikes up a friendship with Adam which has the potential to turn int9 more. But, she can’t settle and wonders if a returning to Malts is the answer to all her problems.

Another good book from Sue.
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Plot good but execution not so much😕

3.5🌟stars
The emotional journey of principal character Judith as she experiences divorce, new romance, sudden and tragic loss, her mother's fragility, stepmotherhood, new opportunities for friendship and romance and a search for closure was the heart of this novel and that I liked.  Unfortunately, the story is padded with too many unnecessary descriptions, particularly in the last twenty percent, that hold the action back instead of advancing the story.  I found the travelogue content about Malta too detailed and a bit tedious.  A good deal of my frustration with the slowed pace was at the end of the book and, thus, left a meh final impression

Thanks to Avon Books and NetGalley for sharing a complimentary advance copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest opinion.
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What can I say, you can't go wrong with any novel by Sue Moorcroft and this is no different.  This has some very sad moments but a lot of happiness. Dual countries but it works very well. I intend to re-read this at a later date as it was so good.  5 stars and I  recommend this. Easy to read and very enjoyable.

Thanks to Netgalley and publisher for this eARC
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A Home in the Sun is an amazing book, I have a book hangover from it and I don't want to start a new book! All the characters in the book - main, secondary, tertiary are fabulously developed into the story and are so interesting and engaging. You feel everything in this book happy, despair, fear, anger, hope... Just fantastic, not your average romance.
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I never used to like the beach-read, happily-ever-after type books, preferring edge of your seat thrillers. But as the real world seems to get darker, the more I have grown to love these warming, cuddly reads, and Sue Moorcroft is definitely the lady to go to.

I’ve never been to Malta, but Sue writes it in such a glorious way I feel like I’m right there, but not in an over-the-top gimmicky touristy way. She also manages to perfectly depict a sense of homesickness, for both a country and a person. There’s a great explanation of grief and loss that never crosses the line. It’s such a warming, comforting book that will suit any reader. It has laughter and tears, joy and sadness, love and death. 

What I really liked is Sue’s depiction of Adam. [MINOR PLOT SPOILERS COMING] Adam has a disability with his hand where he is missing some fingers. But this isn’t used for entertainment or for him to just be the “token disabled character”. He just so happens to be a man with a disability and I love that. So often I read characters who have only been given a disability because it’s an interesting character trait, or it’s the reason something has happened or will happen. Just to have a character being like every other character - but with bits missing - is just a pleasure to read.
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Estate agent Judith is happily settled in Malta, leading her dream life in the sun with handsome younger lover Giorgio. But then Giorgio is killed in a tragic accident and Judith bows to pressure from his unforgiving family and her own grief, fleeing back to the UK to rebuild her life. There she's soon caught up in more family drama with her mum, sister and stepson, while also taking on a new job as photographer's assistant to Adam, a man with emotional issues of her own. Will Judith settle for life in England, or will her longing for the sunny shores of Malta prove too much? 
This is a reissue of Sue Moorcroft's very first book, which I hadn't read, and it stacks up very well with her later books, with strong, sympathetic characters, a multi-layered plot exploring life challenges for different generations, and a slow-burning, very satisfactory romance. Judith is a really engaging character - she has so many issues of her own and other people's to handle, and does it all with grace, humour and courage. Adam is very appealing, too - strong, sexy, yet vulnerable. Their two stories entwine in a most satisfactory way, yet, just as it would be in real life, the reader is never sure what the final outcome will be. A definite five-star romantic read.
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The setting of this story begins in beautiful Malta, with it deeply religious history and at time in the very near past, when married Maltese people were not allowed to divorce.

Complicated relationships lead to a move back to the UK, but a 'return to Malta for the closure needed puts Judith's future happiness in jeopardy.

A bittersweet tale of forbidden love, tragic twist, and a blast from the past makes this book un-put-down-able.
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Judith moved to Malta and rebuilt her life and found love with Giorgio.  Mind you, he was younger and won't acknowledge her because he's still married, but they are happy.  Then he dies and Judith's life goes belly up.  SO much so that she opts to move back to England.  She's miserable.  But then there's Adam and she has to decide about her future.  NO spoilers from me.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  Moorcroft has a way with books in sunny settings and while not all of this is on Malta, there's enough to make you put it on your travel list.
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A Home in the Sun - Sue Moorcroft

I received an advance review copy for free thanks to NetGalley and Avon Books and I am leaving this review voluntarily

Home is where the heart is…but what if your heart is broken?

When Judith loses her partner, she loses her life in Malta too – including the beautiful view from her sun-warmed balcony of the sparkling blue waters of Sliema Creek.

Back in England, Judith finds a spare room in her sister’s house where she grew up – but with it comes a whole host of family dramas. Nursing a broken heart, Judith knows she must find happiness again – and rebuild her life on her own terms.

It is my understanding that this is a republication of Moorcroft's novel, Uphill All the Way. As with all books by Sue, the main characters are all very likeable. This is an emotional read but it is both rewarding and interesting. 

Overall, a very enjoyable and great book to be read this summer. If you have read any of the more recent books by Sue, then this book has a slightly different feel to it as her writing style has changed over the years but nevertheless this is a book I would recommend. 

Rating 4/5
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This novel takes the reader to the sunny shores of Sliema in Malta. Judith had gone to Malta and started a relationship with Giorgio, although she knew he was a married man so initially had reservations. However she loved her new life in the sunshine with him. When a tragic accident tears her life apart she flees back to the UK, but can she find happiness there or is she destined to go back to Malta.  This is perfect summer reading.
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This was a delightful story set in Malta in part and in England. Judith has established herself in Malta for the last four years.
She has found love with Giorgio and although there are drawbacks (he will not publicly acknowledge her in keeping with the customs       of his family despite being separated from his wife for fourteen years) Judith is undoubtedly happy. She has a stake in her    uncle's business, she has made investments with Giorgio's travel company and she finds the climate, the general joie de vivre of  Malta bright and cheerful and uplifting.

When Giorgio dies suddenly, she is bereft especially when she realises how alone she has become and she now decides to return home  to England. This was not a success. Her sister is set in her ways, seems to have plenty of issues in her own marriage and then  Judith is told that her investment with Giorgio's company is a write off so she seeks part time employment as well as tries to gether house back which she gave on rent.

The solitude she craves for to grieve in private is not to be with everyone from her sister with her troubles, to her step son and  then her ex husband weighing heavily on her mentally. Judith knows for her own sanity she has to get rid of them all if she is to  come out of her period of mourning in one piece and sane! 

The ups and downs of family life, helping one another in crisis, the chauvinistic attitudes of some males which never seem to change  and Judith's own fighting spirit of survival is well shown in this delightful novel. The romance also helps!
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Sue Moorcroft does it again!

There is something so comforting about picking up a book written by Sue! This is no different, a perfect summer read for a rainy English summer!
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Another delightful story from Sue Moorcroft. All the ups and downs of life illustrated by engaging characters, within an interesting storyline. and  picturesque surroundings. I loved the build up to the conclusion. Great read!
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Sue Moorcroft's writing is so descriptive that I was swept off my feet to the beautiful, holiday destination of Malta whilst experiencing a guantlet of different emotions whilst reading this book.

A beautiful, heartwarming read with a strong fremale protagonist and loveable characters that you actually begin to care about.  The storyline interwoven with romance, heartache, grief and forgiveness had me going through a range of emotions.  

A well written, emotional and heartwarming read. I loved it.
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I absolutely loved this book, as I have loved all of Sue Moorcroft's stories. Each brings to life a different Mediterranean holiday, and this is no exception. The story starts in sunny Malta, and you can almost smell the sea air, feel the sun on your face, and taste the salty tang of the sea whilst you read this book. I have never been to Malta but now I am desperate to go and visit some of the places described in the book.

The story begins with Judith, who after a bad divorce in England has moved to an idyllic life in Malta. She has a wonderful job with her Uncle, a lovely apartment, and a gorgeous and much younger boyfriend. She thinks finally her life is on track. Unfortunately one tragic accident can bring the whole house of cards tumbling down. Take a journey with Judith through self development, and discover that sometimes things have a way of working themselves out in the most unexpected ways.

A wonderful summer read, but with all the travel restrictions this may be the nearest you get to a holiday abroad.

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Nursing a broken heart after losing her partner, Judith decides to leave lovely Malta and return home to England. Staying at her sister's house she must face the future. A set of thoroughly like able characters that you can expect from Sue. I enjoyed the emotional journey that Judith embarked on to create a new future.
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I couldn't put this book down! A fantastic read, written with feeling.

Judith's life has certainly been through ups and downs - and in this book we get to travel with her for a while.

A story of loss, of love, of injustice - and, ultimately, a story of life.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐from me.
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