With so many twists and turns in this story, I was hoping for a happy ending throughout. The novel includes a complex cast of characters who drive the narrative. The Lost Journey Homeward is an intricate study of fictional family dynamics. Well done, Eve Bonham.
A fascinating family Saga
The Lost Journey Homeward. This is Eve Bonham’s most ambitious book to date-a complex and compelling family saga which draws on the biblical theme of the prodigal son, in this case cleverly transposed to the prodigal daughter. The father figure, Theo, dominates the story. All characters are linked to him either through family connections or less obvious and sometimes sinister events in his past. Theo is a powerful and rather awe inspiring character though one who is always sympathetic to the needs of others. He is someone we would all like to know and we stay with the story through its many twists and turns. The author’s descriptions of the countryside in which the family have their hotel are breathtakingly beautiful.
The Lost Journey Homeward
A compelling story of sibling rivalry. I found myself completely immersed in the lives of the main characters and caring about the outcome. As with her other books and short stores, the author writes with great skill and passion. A perfect read.
Having read the author’s two previous books I was greatly looking forward to her latest novel. I found it to be quite different but equally well-written, thoughtful, and absorbing. The novel’s major theme explores a contemporary version of the Prodigal Son ( in this case, daughter) parable. The author weaves into this theme an exciting tale full of intrigue and twists and turns which kept me gripped until the end.
Having read Eve Bonham’s other books, I decided that I would have a look at this one as well. What a lovely surprise! It is a well-crafted book which is not only a real page turner as a suspense story, but also has another message threading through it. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am buying another couple as Christmas presents. Well worth the read.
A complicated family story with many twists and turns that makes you wonder how they will be resolved. The son who has left home and family and the journey he takes is interwoven with loved ones and their stories. The threads are gathered together in a way that reminded me of the importance of forgiveness.
A page turner and a good read. A story of redemption through love.
An inspirational and intriguing read, with a thought-provoking moral undertone. Highly recommended.
To the End of the Day
What a lovely and well-written book. I don’t normally write reviews, but felt that with her first novel that Eve Bonham has done a marvellous job. I hope that she will write more novels in the future. The rather wistful beginning draws you in to the lives of four people set within the space of 24 hours. The two women are the main players having been friends since childhood. It is fascinating to see how their lives have run sometimes in parallel and how their meetings during that time lead to various emotions and actions. This book really draws you in to their world. A great read.
A moving and thought-provoking book exploring the relationship between Anna, a writer and Lizzie an actress who have been lifelong friends and as close as sisters. This would be a wonderful book club read with it’s many themes to discuss and explore. I found it difficult to put down and look forward to Eve’s next novel.
This is a sensitive book, warm, unusual and difficult to put down. Eve Bonham draws her characters beautifully and she manages to mix sadness with humour, and also to make you contemplate about the frailty of existence.
This perceptive and empathetic telling of a story of female friendship which takes place over a 24 hour period engages the reader form start to finish. The distinctly middle class voices of Anna and Lizzie are both convincing and compelling. We are treated to a characterisation of the two which is full of warmth, honesty and acute observation. The intimate details of the women’s lives are made all the more realistic because they do not always sit comfortably with our expectations. The portrayal of their men folk also works well. The various episodes of the unfolding day are sufficiently varied to provide pace and keep the story moving in sometimes unexpected directions. I found the walk around the hillside gripping- very atmospheric with a slow build up of tension and sinister foreboding. A very good read which I thoroughly recommend.
An engaging and very human novel about the complex and at times tumultuous friendship between Anna and Lizzie. Over the course of one day the reader is taken on a journey of their lives; exploring their enduring friendship which can be both joyous and disastrous. But what will happen this time?
An elegant, engaging and thought-provoking read which I thoroughly recommend to all. A story to read and enjoy again and again. A fascinating and interesting read which develops over time to a shocking conclusion.
Female Friendship. A close up look at the intertwining lives of two women and their men. An interesting and detailed observation of lives and loves, friends and events. Some characters were easier to like than others – just like life! A story that draws you along right to the end. A good read.
This book is clearly very well written, very sad at times and should certainly not be skimmed through, as its nuances and insights into the lives of two lifetime friends could easily be missed. A very moving book about friendship, love, jealousy and facing death.
Madness Lies and Other Stories
A thought-provoking and diverse collection of sixteen short stories. Themes of love, friendship and travel are explored through quirky characters and entertaining encounters. Each story provides an adventure into a different setting, situation, country or character. An extremely enjoyable book, elegantly written and refreshingly individual. A much recommended buy.