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Tumbledown Manor at first read like a farce of manners, but upon recognizing the seriousness with which the reader is meant to take the wild reactions of Lisa toward her soon-to-be-ex-husband and her outlandish temper tantrum, it will be difficult for some readers to connect with the protagonist.
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Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author Helen Brown comes a witty, uplifting novel about a woman who discovers that it's never too late to build the home--and the life--you've always longed for…

The windows rattle. The roof leaks. Every surface cries out to be stripped, painted, or polished. But for writer Lisa Trumperton, the dilapidated manor house that once belonged to her great-grandfather is far more than the sum of its battered parts. It's the chance for a new start on her own terms. The fact that it's in the Melbourne countryside of her Australian homeland, far from the deceitful ex-husband she just left behind in New York…well, that's a bonus.

Lisa sets to work refurbishing Trumperton Manor, assisted by her son, his friends, and a "Gray Army" of retired handymen. But it's not just her ancestral home that's being transformed. As she trades her chic Manhattan clothes for jeans and work boots, Lisa is changing and fortifying her relationships with her family and her sense of self. There are floods, fires, and catastrophes, but there are new allies too, including a one-eyed cat, a stubborn cockatoo, and a rugged landscaper with an irresistible grin. Piece by piece, the house is pushing Lisa beyond her old limits, daring her to embrace something bigger, braver, and more rewarding than she ever dreamed.

Praise for Helen Brown and Her Books

"A buoyant tale, heartfelt and open." --Booklist on Cleo

"Brown writes eloquently about the bonds between women … a moving story of love and identity." --Kirkus Reviews on Cats & Daughters
 

About the Author

Helen Brown grew up in New Zealand where she became an award-winning newspaper and magazine columnist as well as a popular scriptwriter. Helen's memoirs Cleo and After Cleo became international bestsellers and are available in a vast array of countries and languages. A New York Times bestseller, Cleo is also currently being made into a film by the producers of The Whale Rider.Like the main character of Fernley Manor, Helen has ancestral ties with rural Victoria from back in the gold rush days. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Philip and temperamental cat, Jonah. She has three adult children and two granddaughters.
 
Published April 26, 2016 by Kensington. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by Michelle Martinez on May 28 2016

Tumbledown Manor at first read like a farce of manners, but upon recognizing the seriousness with which the reader is meant to take the wild reactions of Lisa toward her soon-to-be-ex-husband and her outlandish temper tantrum, it will be difficult for some readers to connect with the protagonist.

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