Coming Home is the sequel to Jane Suen’s Flowers in December. Connor, whose return to his hometown for his mother’s funeral set the scene for Flowers in December, is coming back for good. He’s realised that the corporate life he worked so hard at isn’t making him, or Tom the cat, happy.
I was expecting this book to develop the relationship between Connor and Mary Ann that was the focus of Flowers in December. It was a pleasant surprise to find that it focuses more broadly on all kinds of relationships – friendships old and new, family and romance. It’s very much a Christmas story as Connor faces his first holiday season without his mum.
I wish Alana had more time to develop – I felt like she was very much in the background and we got most of her story in one go. But I guess it’s good that the book left me wanting more! I’m eager to read more of Alana’s story, as well as seeing how Connor and Mary Ann’s futures pan out.
For me, this is a four star read. If you want something comforting and festive, with plenty of originality, this is a great read! I would recommend starting with Flowers in December, but enough background information is given that you could probably get away with reading it as a standalone.
Reviewed by @translunartumshie