I’m delighted to be introducing Tanya Bullock’s wonderful new novella Homecoming, published today, 1st April 2016 by Blackbird Books. You can buy Homecoming on Amazon UK, Amazon US and from Waterstones. There is the chance to win Homecoming in an international giveaway at the bottom of this blog post and so that you can see what a wonderful prize this is, I’m reviewing Homecoming in a no spoilers piece below.
Quite possibly the strangest romance ever told
Rosie and Tom belong together.
For too long, war and its devastating aftermath have kept them apart.
Now that Tom has finally returned home, Rosie hopes that they will be able to put the past behind them.
But when a mysterious sequence of events unfolds, their love is put to the test once more.
With a shocking secret hanging heavily over their relationship…
With circumstances conspiring against them at every turn…
Rosie and Tom find themselves caught up in the biggest battle of their lives.
Will their demons ultimately consume them?
Or will love conquer all in the end?
My Review of Homecoming
I read the first few pages of Homecoming thinking I knew exactly what to expect, only to find my expectations confounded and surpassed almost immediately. Tanya Bullock is a cracking story teller. The plot is compelling, being frequently surprising with complex social and personal issues for readers to contemplate along the way.
Homecoming is an exquisite read. Tanya Bullock’s understanding of human nature is outstanding. In just a few pages she creates a cast list worthy of the weightiest tracts so that readers have someone to love, to empathise with, to hate and to pity in a roller-coaster read of emotions. Managing such an affecting read in so few pages takes consummate skill and Tanya Bullock has that skill in spades.
I thought it was incredibly effective to write of Rosie’s past life in the present tense, and her current life in the past tense, to convey the state of her life and her mind so well. Both she and Tom come alive on the page making their story realistic and with the potential to be the story for so many of us in the future.
There is a wide range of emotions presented to, and instilled in, the reader by Homecoming. It is an accomplished and engaging story that I think will resonate with all of us – especially as we got older. Most of all, however, Homecoming is a wonderful story of love.
If you have an hour or so to spare Homecoming is the perfect way to fill it.
About Tanya Bullock
Tanya Bullock is a college lecturer, writer and award-winning filmmaker. She lives in the West Midlands with her husband and two young children. She has a passion for foreign culture and languages (inherited from her French mother) and, in her youth, travelled extensively throughout Australia, America, Asia and Europe. As a filmmaker, she has gained local recognition, including funding and regional television broadcast, through ITV’s First Cut scheme; two nominations for a Royal Television Society Midlands Award, and, in 2010, a Royal Television Society Award in the category of best promotional film. In 2008, she directed a short drama, Second Honeymoon, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. On maternity leave in 2011 and in need of a creative outlet, Tanya began to write That Special Someone, the story of a mother’s quest to help her learning-disabled daughter find love. It has been longlisted for The People’s Book Prize and The Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award 2015/16.
Click here to read a publisher interview with Tanya.
To enter for the chance to win one of two e-copies of Homecoming click here.