A warm, uplifting novel about the unshakable bond between siblings, and what happens when a sister discovers her long-missing brother in the most unexpected place, from the author of Little Big Love.
Emily has been looking for the same face in every crowd for more than a decade: her brother’s. She’ll do anything to find him, she just never expects that one day he will walk through the door of the London housing office where she works, homeless and in need of help.
Emily’s overjoyed to see Stephen—her older brother, her hero, the one who taught her to look for the flash of a bird’s wings and instilled in her a love and respect for nature’s wonders—and invites him to live with her. But the baggage of the day that tore them apart, more than fifteen years before, is heavy. As they attempt to rebuild their relationship, they embark on the birding adventure they’d always promised to take when they were just children running wild in the wetlands of Canvey Island. And so, amid the soft, familiar calls of the marsh birds, they must finally confront what happened that June day—and in all the days since—if they are to finally find their way home.
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I liked this book very much. I found the characters realistic and sympathetic, the story compelling, and the background of birds and wilderness fascinating and beautiful. The resolution was heart-warming and satisfying. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and especially to book clubs.
I really enjoyed this heartwarming story of a brother and sister who, due to unfortunate circumstances, were apart for 15 years. I was engaged in the story from the beginning. This well-written novel flowed back and forth in time, relating the details which led to the sibling's separation and their efforts to salvage their relationship. There is suspense as the narrative builds until eventually by the end, the whole story is revealed. The characters' relationships with family and the emotions expressed were realistic and believable. I know nothing about bird watching; therefore, it was interesting to read about the passion of birdwatchers and the descriptions of the wetlands of Canvey Island in England. I think this book would appeal to book clubs, or anyone who enjoys a novel about sibling relationships and family dynamics in general.
Real Intertwining birdwatching with the story of siblings Stephen and Emily made How to Find Your Way Home so authentic. The love these siblings had for birds and the escape that bird watching provided from their unhappy childhood home was so strong it allowed them to find a way back to each other after decades apart. The author creates characters so real that reading the novel is like stepping into their lives. I know that anyone who enjoys a novel with characters who evolve will devour this book. I will be recommending it to my book club. It also made me want to go birdwatching!