Author: Penny Parkes
This is my 19th read for the year
This is the story of Anna. She is a woman in her 30s who has been a house sitter for the decade since she left Oxford. She doesn't have a home she calls her own, but travels to beautiful places stepping into other people's lives whil caring for their homes and pets - meeting new people as she goes. A bad encounter on one of her house sits, gets her boss set on having Anna take a break for awhile and take a real vacation. But Anna's past as a foster kid who never found a real place to call home - struggles with the idea. It takes a chance encounter with another young girl who is struggling, and the support of her best friend, to see that roots is exactly what she needs.
I really enjoyed this book. The reviews are all over the place, but I was surprised by that. I found Anna endearing and the banter between she and the other characters sweet, fun, and often times - humorous. It is not a love story except that Anna learns to love herself and figure out what she needs to make herself happy. It is sweet, well written, and I really enjoyed it. I listened to it, and I thought that the reader did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life.