What a fabulous read, I couldn't put it down and unbelievably read this in the one day. I loved every minute of Jennifer's journey to Turtle Bay, discovering where she came from and who she really was. Jack was such a wonderful leading man, I was on his side the whole time, hoping Jennifer would see what truly mattered before it was too late. Muriel, Jennifer's grandma was definitely a one of a kind character who, as the past was slowly revealed became a much more likeable character. Bridget was such a gorgeous child with so much potential. I could go on, all the characters were wonderful, except for Richard, I didn't warm to him at all. And the island Nautilus, that was a character as well, I'd love to live on such a place, I wonder if such a place exists, if so I'd love to find it. An uplifting and feel good novel about finding out who you are and claiming it no matter what.
Home to Turtle Bay is a lovely book. It made me laugh and it made me cry! This is the first book by author Marion Lennox that I have read and I really enjoyed it. I spent new years eve and new years day in Turtle Bay along with Jenny, Jack and all the wonderful characters. Although I guessed how this book would end it did not stop me from loving this story.
Dr Jennifer Kelly is a well respected Manhattan obstetrician living the perfect life - high profile patients, engaged to marry Richard who is also a high powered doctor. That is until one day she received the news that the grandfather that she never knew has died and left his farm and surf school on a remote Australian island. She heads out there with the grandmother who raised her to check the place out with a view to sell it and get back to Manhattan.
She gets a lot more than she bargains for when she arrives. The farm is being looked after by local doctor Jack who lives on the next farm with his disabled niece Bridget. She starts to get involved in island life and its residents who start to become friends. She learns of her past through the locals and her priorities start to change when she is forced to stay longer than expected.
This is a funny and honest story and I felt like I was in Turtle Bay. The descriptions of the island and its characters made it all so real. I will look out for this writer again.
Home to Turtle Bay was my introduction to the author, Marion Lennox, and what an introduction!
Home to Turtle Bay had a genuine depth to it and touched upon some tough topics such as conservation, PTSD and the effects it has on the family and friends as well as individuals, small town mindedness and gossip and the harm it can cause as well as ‘community spirit’ and the desperate need that rural and isolated areas have for those in the medical profession. All of this was tackled in a manner that didn’t come across as preachy - which is a tough call. You could really feel the main character’s inner turmoil and struggle between what she ‘should’ do and what she discovered that she really wanted to do.
Thank you Beauty & Lace Bookclub and Harlequin for allowing me to read and review this book and for introducing me to another wonderful author.