A Place to Call Home

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Bantam Books, 1998 - Fiction - 414 pages
166 Reviews
Deborah Smith's is one of the most imaginative and appealing new voices in Southern fiction. In the tradition of "Fried Green Tomatoes, " the nationally bestselling author offers a deliciously original new novel that will make you laugh one moment and then move you to tears--an irresistible Southern saga that chronicles a love as innocent as a child's and as powerful as that of two star-crossed lovers can be.
"I planned to be the kind of old Southern lady who talks to her tomato plants and buys sweaters for her cats. I'd be deliberately peculiar. I'd wear bright red lipstick and tell embarrassing true stories about my family, and people would say, "I heard she was always a little funny, if you know what I mean." They wouldn't understand why, and I didn't intend to tell them."
At thirty, Claire Maloney knows her life has become a major-league wreck. And she knows why it all started falling apart, too. Because Roan Sullivan was banished from Dunderry, Georgia, twenty years ago, and Claire hasn't heard from him since. She was only ten then, and Roan fifteen, but what happened to the two of them is the stuff of local legend, as vivid and dramatic as anything can be in a small town where people hoard sad stories as carefully as their great-grandmother's china.
Back then, Roan Sullivan lived in a trailer amid junked cars and rusted tin cans, while Claire was the willful, pampered young daughter of the town's most respected family. So no one--least of all her parents--understood the bond that tied her to the fierce, motherless boy who had to fight every day for his place in the world. But Roan and Claire didn't choose one another; they belonged together, as involuntarily andpermanently as the soil and the seed from which the foxgloves grew on the side of Dunshinnog Mountain. They were simply a part of the place, and a part of each other.
Until the dark afternoon when violence and terror overtook them, and Roan disappeared from Claire's life. Now, twenty years later, Claire is adrift, and the Maloneys are still hoping the past can be buried forever under the rich Southern earth. But Roan Sullivan is about to walk back into their lives.
By turns tender and sexy and heartbreaking and exuberant, "A Place to Call Home" is an unforgettable journey between two hearts. It is a book to read, and reread, and cherish.
"A Place to Call Home" has the magic of great storytelling.

"An engrossing read with thoroughly engaging characters. The reader's sense is that these two could only belong to one another, and no one else. I also loved the rich detail of family life, especially the uniquely Southern aspects."
--Eileen Goudge
"These characters leap off the pages. A moving story that holds you to the end and has all warmth and tenderness of LaVyrle Spencer at her best."
--Iris Johansen, author of the bestselling novel "The Ugly Duckling"
"Laughter, wonderment, unrequited love! Meddling old biddies, warring families, lovers reunited. What more could you want?"
--Rita Mae Brown
"Clear the decks when you read this book because you're not going to be able to put it aside until you finished the last delicious page."
--Janet Evanovich
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I love the mature writing in this story. - Goodreads
Female character got whiney. - Goodreads
The plot seemed interesting and I bought it on a whim. - Goodreads
It is a love story, but it is much more than that too. - Goodreads
The storytelling is so far from boring. - Goodreads
Not just a love story. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kristen - Goodreads

I picked up this book when it was first published - someone left it in the express checkout lane at the grocery store. The plot seemed interesting and I bought it on a whim. As with many of Smith's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Halah - Goodreads

Claire and Roan are such perfect for each other , Roan love for her breaks my heart . Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Contemporary romance novelist Deborah Smith is a former newspaper editor. She writes under her own name as well as under the pseudonyms Jackie Leigh and Jacqueline Lennox. She has written around forty novels indcluding A Place to Call Home and When Venus Fell, which both received awards from Romantic Times magazine. She also won a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine. She is a founding partner of BelleBooks, which is a small southern press known for feel good southern fiction including the Mossy Creek Hometown series and the Sweet Tea story collections.

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