Review: Take Me Home by Karly Lane

Title: Take Me Home

Author: Karly Lane

Published: 4th May 2021, Allen & Unwin

Status: Read May 2021 courtesy Allen & Unwin


My Thoughts:

Karly Lane travels from the heat and dust of rural Australia to the cool, green hills of Scotland in her newest novel, Take Me Home.

When Elspeth Kinnaird first hears her grandmother talking to her in the bathroom of Jessup’s Creek supermarket she thinks she must be going crazy given her beloved Gran died more than a week earlier. Iona may have passed on but she hasn’t quite yet let go. She wants her granddaughter to take her home to Scotland, and she’s left Elle the money in her will to do it. Despite her parents objections, Elle is determined to fulfil her Gran’s wishes to spread her ashes on the grounds of the family ancestral castle.

Touring Scotland with Elle, and her Gran, is a delight, it’s a country I’d love to visit and I enjoyed the vicarious experience of walking Edinburgh’s cobbled streets, exploring castle ruins, and visiting the locations used in television’s, Outlander. Lane’s rich descriptions of the country, and tidbits of history, are a wonderful element of the story.

A major theme of the novel is self-discovery. While Elles’s parents and three siblings are all high achievers, Elle has always been drawn to artistic pursuits. Introducing herself to what remains of her Gran’s family in Portsoy, Elle is welcomed with open arms and it’s among her cousins, who are artistic and red-haired like her, that Elle finds the confidence to make decisions about her future.

The story also includes a thread of mystery as Elle endeavours to learn why Iona emigrated to Australia at fifteen and had so little contact with her siblings. The only one with answers seems to be Iona’s older sister, but she is suffering from dementia.

Romance is the last thing on Elle’s mind until she meets lawyer turned farmer Stuart Buchannan in her search for Stormeil Castle on the Isle of Skye, where her grandmother wants her ashes to be scattered. I like that the attraction flares into a passionate fling between the two, but with Elle due to return to Australia, she can’t see a way for their relationship to move forward.

Take Me Home is a delight to read, I loved the change of scenery while still enjoying Karly Lane’s wonderful, familiar storytelling.


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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. allthebookblognamesaretaken
    May 16, 2021 @ 00:59:20

    I am thoroughly in love with Scotland and have been for many years. Such a beautiful country.

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  2. Lindsi
    May 16, 2021 @ 02:20:30

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a Scotland setting! I might have to pick this one up for that reason alone. 😉

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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  3. Trin Carl
    May 17, 2021 @ 02:04:07

    Great to see your love for Scotland. I was watching Europeans bake off on netflix and they had a scottish baker. Hope you have a tremendous week and keep smiling!

    Liked by 1 person


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