by Helen Brown
Pub Date 26 Apr 2016
The windows rattle. The roof leaks. Every surface cries out to be stripped, painted, or polished. But for writer Lisa Trumperton, the dilapidated manor house that once belonged to her great-grandfather is far more than the sum of its battered parts. It's the chance for a new start on her own terms. The fact that it's in the Melbourne countryside of her Australian homeland, far from the deceitful ex-husband she just left behind in New York…well, that's a bonus.
Lisa sets to work refurbishing Trumperton Manor, assisted by her son, his friends, and a "Gray Army" of retired handymen. But it's not just her ancestral home that's being transformed. As she trades her chic Manhattan clothes for jeans and work boots, Lisa is changing and fortifying her relationships with her family and her sense of self. There are floods, fires, and catastrophes, but there are new allies too, including a one-eyed cat, a stubborn cockatoo, and a rugged landscaper with an irresistible grin. Piece by piece, the house is pushing Lisa beyond her old limits, daring her to embrace something bigger, braver, and more rewarding than she ever dreamed.
Praise for Helen Brown and Her Books
"A buoyant tale, heartfelt and open." --Booklist on Cleo
"Brown writes eloquently about the bonds between women … a moving story of love and identity." --Kirkus Reviews on Cats & Daughters
“Addressing all-too-common mid-life catastrophes, Brown gives inspiration to women with her witty, adventurous story. Her delightful account of one woman’s struggles after divorce and relocation around the world will bring laughter and warmth to her readers. Brown has a unique ability to bring life to her characters, painting a picture with her words.”– RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Brown, author of best-selling memoirs Cleo and Cats and Daughters, writes with empathy and humor in her first novel, about finding new love and purpose in middle age.”– Booklist