The River Home

The River Home

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'Beautiful, heart-rending, life-affirming' Clare Mackintosh

The river can lead you home. Or it can take you under...

In their ramshackle Somerset home, its gardens running down to the river, the Sorrells have gathered for a last-minute wedding.

Lucy is desperate to reunite her fractured family. Eve is fighting to keep her perfect life together. Their mother, Kit, a famous author whose stories have run dry, still seethes with resentment towards her youngest child. And Margot, who left home eight years ago under a black cloud, is forced to come face to face with her darkness...

As the family come together for a week of celebration and confrontation, their relationships are stretched to breaking point. But can you ever heal the wounds of the past?

A spellbinding family drama about sisterhood, secrets and forgiveness - this is a truly unforgettable read.


Readers are being swept away by The River Home:

'Beautiful and gripping' LIBBY PAGE, bestselling author of The Lido

'A heartwrenching and beautifully written page-turner' SUSAN ELLIOT WRIGHT

'No one does dark family secrets like Hannah Richell . . . Beguiling, beautifully written and richly evocative, The River Home will sweep you away' VERONICA HENRY

'A tender portrait of a perfectly imperfect family; wise, big-hearted and beautifully written' EMYLIA HALL
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 152 x 234 x 32mm | 583g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1409152251
  • 9781409152255
  • 798,431

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Beautiful, heart-rending, life-affirming * CLARE MACKINTOSH * Beguiling, beautifully written and richly evocative, The River Home will sweep you away * VERONICA HENRY * I've just finished The River Home, trying hard not to start sobbing on the crowded train... beautiful and gripping * LIBBY PAGE * [A] heart-wrenching and beautifully written page-turner... Loved it! * SUSAN ELLIOT-WRIGHT * The most life-affirming novel... wise, big-hearted and beautifully written * EMYLIA HALL * Stunning. All the feels, all the tears. Utterly heart-breaking * KATHERINE SLEE * A beautifully told story of love and pain within one family * SOPHIE GREEN * This character-driven tale flows effortlessly with the author's descriptive prose painting every emotional scene with care. Her skill at peeling away the layers of and revealing the raw pain in this incredibly complicated family is exemplary * Library Journal * An unforgettable read * BELLA *
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About Hannah Richell

Hannah Richell was born in Kent and spent her childhood years in Buckinghamshire and Canada. After graduating from the University of Nottingham she worked in the book publishing and film industries in both London and Sydney. She is a dual citizen of Great Britain and Australia and currently lives the South West of England with her family. Hannah is the author of international bestsellers Secrets of the Tides and The Shadow Year. The Peacock Summer is her third novel. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages.
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1,010 ratings
4.02 out of 5 stars
5 30% (298)
4 47% (477)
3 20% (201)
2 3% (29)
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