Review: Flying the Nest by Rachael Johns


Title: Flying The Nest

Author: Rachael Johns

Published: 29th October 2020, HQ Fiction Australia

Status: Read November 2020 courtesy Harlequin Australia

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My Thoughts:

Flying The Nest is a wonderfully engaging women’s fiction novel from bestselling Australian author Rachael Johns.

Ashling Wood is blindsided when her husband of twenty years casually suggests they try nest parenting while she’s busy preparing the oranges for their daughter’s soccer game. Her first instinct is to believe Adrian doesn’t understand what the term means, but he’s clear, he wants a trial separation and feels nest parenting, where the children remain in the house and the parents move in and out on an alternate schedule, is the best solution for them all.

The adjustment is difficult for a heartbroken Ashling who misses her children, ten year old Payton and fourteen year old Saxon, when she’s not with them. Taking on the renovation of a friends seaside cottage in Ragged Point during her ‘off’ weeks is a welcome distraction, and though she is certain the arrangement will not be anything but temporary, as the house undergoes a transformation, so too does Ashling.

I can’t imagine what it would be like should my husband so casually and carelessly announce one ordinary morning that he wanted a separation (touch wood). My sympathy was definitely reserved for Ashling from the start, and even though she seemed stuck in the denial phase for slightly too long, I think Johns portrayal of her character’s emotional state was sensitive and believable. There was a brutal scene in the marriage counselor’s office in particular where I really felt Ashling’s pain, and I was glad she finally got angry at Adrian, and found the impetus to take charge of her life.

The community of Ragged Point is a delightful haven for Ashling. Johns deftly creates the character of a small coastal community, and it’s there that she rediscovers, and is able to nurture, the parts of herself that have been dormant while helping her husband build their podiatry business, and raising their children. I liked the development of Ashling’s relationships with Jedda and Dan, who are great supports, but also have interesting stories of their own that add depth to the story.

Written with heart, humour, and warmth, Flying the Nest is sure to resonate with women who need to redefine their lives, whether because of a relationship breakdown, children leaving home, or other change of circumstances. Ashling’s journey is not without its challenges, but it is ultimately rewarding and inspiring, as is this novel.

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol
    Nov 10, 2020 @ 09:51:57

    Great theme in this one! Nice review! 🙌

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  2. Theresa Smith Writes
    Nov 10, 2020 @ 14:11:09

    I can’t imagine what it would be like should my husband so casually and carelessly announce one ordinary morning that he wanted a separation…
    It happened to me in August, just minus the nest parenting. I am looking forward to reading this one as I love Rachael’s books but I’ve been hesitant of course as it’s slightly close to home at present!

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  3. Kathryn
    Nov 10, 2020 @ 15:39:48

    It was good. I can’t imagine sharing nesting like that, and it was interesting to see how it worked out!!

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  4. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
    Nov 11, 2020 @ 03:44:41

    This sounds like a great read! I’m really interested to see how the situation works out — adding to my TBR!

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  5. Helen Murdoch
    Nov 11, 2020 @ 05:29:27

    I suggested nest parenting to a friend who was going through a divorce because I thought it would suit her situation well. Well, she moved out to a one-room place, but after agreeing to it, her husband refused. So, there went that idea. Now they are divorcing and living in the same house during a pandemic. Yikes!

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  6. Mystica
    Nov 11, 2020 @ 14:31:39

    I did not know what nest parenting was even. Real ignoramus I am. Thanks for the review.

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  7. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads
    Nov 12, 2020 @ 05:37:51

    My sister is going through a divorce and it’s brutal. In cases where the parents can get along I think nest parenting is better for the kids, so that the kids are not the ones that keep moving. Interesting premise for a novel.

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  8. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings
    Nov 12, 2020 @ 08:07:03

    I’d not heard of next parenting but yes I’d been horrified if my husband came to me with that arrangement. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  11. Penelope
    Nov 16, 2020 @ 07:21:12

    I was browsing in my library and the bright yellow cover of this book caught my eye. Am now, having read your review, looking forward to reading it, good review.

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