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Tumbledown Manor

by Brown, Helen, 1954-

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 11 copies
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CLP - Beechview Fiction FICTION Brown
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CLP - Brookline Fiction FICTION Brown
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CLP - Carrick Fiction Collection FICTION Brown
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Fiction FIC Brow
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Northern Tier Regional Library Fiction FIC BROWN
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Robinson Library Fiction FIC BROWN
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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
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Lisa Trumperton leads a contented life in Manhattan as an empty-nester and successful romance novelist. Then she finds out that her husband is leaving her for his buxom, young coworker. She decides to return to her native Australia to finish her latest manuscript and nurse her broken heart. She purchases a dilapidated country manor that once belonged to her great-grandfather and fixes it up with the help of a motley crew of retired townspeople and a charismatic landscaper, Scott. Her relationship with her son blossoms as he helps her restore their family home, and she begins to make inroads with her distant daughter. When her ex tries to win her back, she must choose between her cozy former life and the more challenging but invigorating new one. Brown, author of best-selling memoirs Cleo (2010) and Cats and Daughters (2013), writes with empathy and humor in her first novel, about finding new love and purpose in middle age.--Walker, Aleksandra Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Family secrets -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Homeowners -- Fiction.
Authors -- Fiction.
Dwellings -- Conservation and restoration -- Fiction.
Moving, Household -- Fiction.
Women authors -- Fiction.
Life change events -- Fiction.
Australia -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Humorous fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2016
Language English
Description 291 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781496701480
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