Home is where the heart is …
Alice Dorothy Matthews is sensible. Whilst her best friend Kathy is living it up in Portugal and her insufferable ex Adam is travelling the world, Alice is working hard to pay for the beloved London house she has put her heart and soul into renovating.
But then a postcard from Buenos Aires turns Alice’s life upside down. One very unsensible decision later and she is in Cascais, Portugal, and so begins her lesson in ‘going with the flow’; a lesson that sees her cat-sitting, paddle boarding, dancing on top of bars and rediscovering her artistic talents.
But perhaps the most important part of the lesson for Alice is that you don’t always need a house to be at home.
We start in London but soon we arrive in sunny Portugal together with Alice.
You feel, straight away, the change in atmosphere. London is all about work and in Portugal the way of life is totally different. Of course you have to work everywhere, but when you can do it in the sun and finally be able to do what you really like, it’s like two different worlds.
This story is about running away in order to avoid facing what you should be facing and trying to find peace in your head. You can try to escape reality but it will always find you. The best way to deal with it, is take the bull by the horns, but this is also the hardest way. You can only stand up for yourself when the time is right and with a little help from some old and new friends, you will fight for what is yours.
The author has also added to funny situations and what is a feel good book without a bit of romance? Right! 🙂
It’s nice to see the changes in Alice : from a bit of a mouse to a stronger and more confident woman. 4 stars.
Thank you, Chris Penhall, Ruby Fiction and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
Chris Penhall is a freelance writer and radio producer.
Her book, The House That Alice Built, won the Choc-Lit Search for a Star Competition 2019.
Born in South Wales, she has also lived near London and in Portugal, which is where The House That Alice Built is set. It was whilst living in Cascais near Lisbon that she began to dabble in writing fiction, but it was many years later that she was confident enough to start writing her first novel, and many years after that she finally finished it! She is now working on her second.
A lover of books, music and cats, she is also an enthusiastic salsa dancer, a keen cook, and loves to travel. She is never happier than when she is gazing at the sea.
Chris has two grown up daughters and lives in the Essex countryside.
Chris is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.