Friday, 21 September 2018

Blog Tour: The Home by Karen Osman

I'm super excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Karen Osman's latest novel, The Home. I've got an exciting extract to share with you today. I hope it whets your appetite and has you wanting to purchase this book right away. Enjoy!


Damn. Rosemary knew James wouldn’t be able contain himself when it came to Angela. But who could blame him, really? It had been a terrible shock. Still, this wasn’t what they had agreed when they’d discussed it before Angela’s visit. On the contrary, they’d decided to keep the news to themselves for as long as they could. But that was James all over. She knew he was an emotional man when she’d married him. He said what he thought and didn’t give a fig for social convention or etiquette. Rosemary sat back with her sewing and reminded herself it was this that had attracted her to him in the first place. He was a charmer, a talker, and ultimately a salesman. It’s how he’d done so well for himself. He was also highly intelligent. The more academic side had come later, of course, when she’d encouraged him to get his degree at university. While he was slightly older than the majority of other students, he’d done it – First Class with Honours, too.

Not that it had made any difference to her parents. In Selina and Jonathan Kershaw-Hughes’ opinion, education was just a minor consideration and, anyway, anyone could get into university these days. It was social standing, the family name, and connections that counted. James had none of those – well, none worthwhile in her parents’ eyes – and his East End accent didn’t help either. But at the time Rosemary was so in love she didn’t care.

She was still very much in love, although she couldn’t help wishing things had turned out differently with her parents. If they were still alive today and saw how well her marriage had turned out, would they have accepted him eventually? She doubted it. Her parents had had serious plans for their only daughter and they didn’t include cavorting with someone completely unsuitable and unsavoury. Rosemary remembered the conversation well because they’d actually used those words. But despite their best efforts to find her a suitable match, she’d had no interest. She didn’t want to marry just anyone. Her mother would fret, constantly reminding her that she was running out of her best years, but Rosemary was far too focused on her work. She’d gone to university – a personal cause she’d battled for relentlessly until her parents finally agreed in the desperate hope that she would meet someone appropriate there. Yet, the quiet libraries and study halls of New Hall at Cambridge held far more appeal than any social engagement could. It was 1954 and she knew that as soon as she got married and had children, she would have to stay at home. But for now, housekeeping and babies could wait. That was, until she’d met James.

She had been working in the office of London Transport when she first saw him. She had nipped out for her lunch break and as the weather had been pleasant, she’d decided to eat in a nearby small park. He had offered her a cigarette and that had been that. She didn’t even smoke. But in that moment, she knew that nothing – not her parents, not her hard-earned degree, nor her career – would prevent her from being with him. She’d expected love to be complex and muddled, but when it had arrived it had been simple and effortless. It was only later that it started to get messy.

About the author

Originally from the UK, Karen won the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-thriller novel, the bestselling The Good Mother. When she’s not writing novels, Karen is busy bringing up her two young children and running her communication business Travel Ink.

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About the book

Angela was just a baby when her mum left her for the last time, and a children’s home is no place to grow up. The home’s manager Ray takes the girls off to his ‘den’ in the garden and the littlies come back crying, and Ray’s wife Kath has special wooden spoons which she saves for beating any of the children who dare to misbehave. So, when wealthy couple James and Rosemary come to choose a child to adopt, Angela is desperate to escape. But the scars of her childhood remain, and when Angela’s search for her birth mother Evelyn is successful, their reunion is no fairy tale. Soon strange and sinister events start to unfold, and Evelyn fears she may not survive her daughter’s return…

The Home is another devastating psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling The Good Mother.

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