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Summary

Meet Tom. Or Dr O’Grady, as he used to be called. When you pass him on the street, most people don’t even give him a second glance. You see, Tom isn’t living his best life. Burdened by grief, he’s only got his loyal dog, Bette Davis, for company and a rucksack containing his whole world.

Then there’s Ruth and her son, DJ, who no longer have a place to call home. But Ruth believes that you can change the world by helping one person at a time - and Tom needs her help.

There are a thousand ways to find your home - you just need to be brave enough to look for them.

©2019 Carmel Harrington (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

‘Warm, uplifting & important…a very VERY special book." (Marian Keyes)

"Convincing characters, always gripping, endearing, with a cracking pace." (Irish Independent

"Beautifully written, emotionally intelligent & moving in the extreme." (Daily Mail)

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EXCELLENT

This book was very well written, so much so you felt you were actually there with the characters. Very moving story which also ended very well (so many other books tend to rush the ending and tie up loose ends disappointingly following an enjoyable read).
I didn't agree with a previous readers review with regards to the male narrator, i thought he was very good and brought Tom to life, in fact both narrators were excellent and did justice to the characters.

Very well worth the purchase and without any realisation you are drawn to the plight of the characters with an understanding of life itself.

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We need novels like this

I loved the compassionate plot. It made me cry with sadness and with joy. The Characters are believable but the male reader who told Tom’s story ( Frank Grimes) stopped me giving 5 stars for performance. His tone was aggressive, loud and without nuance. It does not reflect Tom’s character. Jill Crawford’s Ruth is spot on. However, I would still thoroughly recommend this novel on audible.

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Brilliant

A very different and heart warming story
Different to your usual chick lit story
Very uplifting and get me engaged
One of my my favourite stories so far

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The best audiobook I have read this year

A beautifully written story that takes you into the world of the characters and their hopes and past lives. The narration was excellent and I look forward to reading or listening to the authors next book

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Great Story Teller

Really enjoyed this book and the narrators were first class. Great story telling. Would recommend.

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An inspiring story of all ' normal people.

A beautiful story of what can change people's lives and the sadness it brings to lead them into a new way of life and how humanity judges people who are not seen as ' normal ' in society. My 2nd book to read from Carmel Harrington. I will choose another now .

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Beautiful

I did not want this book to end, the characters bounce right off the page

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Great read!

I was worried that this would be similar to Carmel’s first book I read ‘The women at 72 Derry lane’ but I wasn’t! It was completely different. Great book and well written. I was gripped from the beginning. I really enjoyed listening to whilst reading this book.

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A fantastic read. I enjoyed every word.

The story is intriguing and has a happy ending. I would highly recommend it to anybody.

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Laboursome, but the last 40 minutes were good

A good story in principle, but not much meaningful progression throughout the majority. There is a satisfying ending, unfortunately it is not worth the time investment. Lots of good reviews, so perhaps I'm just one of the unlucky ones to not enjoy it.

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  • 06-02-21

a wonderful book!

very well written. the characters were great. the story was somewhat unpredictable and it had a satisfying ending. you won't go wrong with this one.

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  • 13-06-20

Loved it!

Such a heartwarming story with lovable characters. It was a peaceful space during this tough times.

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  • Allison Swart
  • 22-09-19

Couldn't put it down

Beautifully written. Ms Harrington takes you on a delightful rollercoaster ride. I laughed a lot listening to this book, but I think I cried more. The narrators voices suited the characters perfectly.

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  • walking
  • 03-01-22

good soul food

Am so pleased to have found this. Picking a book is often like the lottery. Will it be a winner? This was a fine story, well read, a winner!! thus I urge you to try it.

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  • Claudine
  • 02-12-21

I Loved it!

I really enjoyed this book. The story of folks who have become homeless for different reasons teaches us alot about our judgements. But for me it was more about how to forge forth to make something better. Each character was richly drawn out and I was pulled immediately into the story. My only criticism is the male narrator. His reading was too stilted for a novel. It brought me out of the story many times.

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  • Kathy
  • 16-08-21

I've found a new author to follow after reading th

This book came up under suggestions and I clicked on it. The subject was of interest to me. We've been to Ireland many times. But the issue of homelessness there is one I knew nothing about.
The main characters are two; forgive me but I am blanking on the woman's name. She and her ten year old son D.J. are made homeless when their flat is sold and they can't afford to pay for anything available. They are housed in a "hotel" where some of the rooms are for "social housing" residents. They have many rules regarding where they may go and what they may do. It is hard to gboth work, get her son to school which is now two bus rides away, and try to keep sane.

Mom is on the Asperger's spectrum, and having a family member with this, I found myself laughing and wanting to cry for this courageous, loving and very honest young woman. The other character is Tom, a homeless man who can be found in the park. There is a relationship from the past between these two. Together they work for changes in their and other people's lives. The book is truly wonderful. I just sent a Kindle copy to my best friend who told me she read it in less than two days, as did I, and loved it as well! Give this book a chance. I'm looking forward to my next book by Carmel Harrington. The narrators were spot on and were perfect for the book.

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  • Lorraine Trombino
  • 07-05-21

good characters

at first I thought it was going to be too heavy,I like detective stories cause they tend not to stir deep emotions but this is the second book I've read by this author and they were both really good, heavy topics but great characters, interesting stories and situations, the narration is particularly good, just perfect.

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  • Patricia
  • 17-03-21

One Beautiful Surprise after Another

I love this story, the characters, the narators, and all the twists and turns the story took. What a long, surprising, and lovely ending!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-03-21

I went into this book with very high expectations...

And I wasn’t disappointed.
As with the other two books I’ve listened to by this author, this book had great, but flawed characters, that remind us, there is still some good in humanity.
The two narrators were also perfectly chosen.

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  • Marie
  • 13-10-19

story will forever live in my ❤ very well written.

very very well written.. this story will forever live in my heart ..im crying happy tears!