A picturesque small town, a cosy community garden, a facade of tolerance and acceptance - but when three women with wildly different loyalties come together, what secrets and lies will be revealed? A timely novel exploring prejudice and privilege, from bestselling Australian author Fiona Lowe.
Tara Hooper is at breaking point. With two young children, a business in a town struggling under an unexpected crime wave, and her husband more interested in his cricket team than their marriage, life is a juggling act. Then, when new neighbours arrive and they are exactly the sort of people the town doesn't want or need, things get worse.
Life has taught Helen Demetriou two things: being homeless is terrifying and survival means keeping your cards close to your chest. Having clawed back some stability through her involvement in the community garden, she dares to relax. But as she uncovers some shady goings-on in the council, that stability turns to quicksand.
For teenage mother Jade Innes, life can be lonely among the judgement of the town and the frequent absences of her boyfriend. A chance encounter draws her into the endangered community garden where she makes friends for the first time. Glimpsing a different way of life is enticing but its demands are terrifying. Does she even deserve to try?
Can such disparate women unite to save the garden and ultimately stop the town from tearing itself apart?
A timely novel exploring prejudice and privilege, from bestselling Australian author Fiona Lowe.
PRAISE FOR FIONA LOWE:
'The undisputed queen...' Canberra Weekly
'Fiona's insight into the fickle nature of life ... and how best intentions can so easily come undone makes it simple to identify with her characters and lends an authentic resonance to this roller-coaster story.' - Australian Country
'Fiona Lowe weaves an extraordinary story of loss, love, and forgiveness.' - GLAM Adelaide
'If you loved Big Little Lies, you'll want to devour Fiona Lowe's Just an Ordinary Family next.' - Mamamia
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A community garden provides the unlikely stage for three very different women to navigate small-town politics and society’s wider preconceptions about them. In this sensitive novel, Australian writer Fiona Lowe examines the challenging issues that confront women of different ages and backgrounds, from poverty and homelessness to racism and teen pregnancy. A Home Like Ours paints a vivid picture of a cross-section of the community, both the good and the bad, as the central characters struggle to regain their footing. Fans of Liane Moriarty will appreciate this unflinching but ultimately inspiring examination of modern womanhood.
Loved this book. A few twists and turns and I really enjoyed it.
I couldn’t put this book down. So beautifully written.
A sleepy read
This book was purchased because I loved the first one so much and I was sadly disappointed! Took over a week to get through because I’m a "once I start… I must finish" person, I really wish I wasn’t!