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January 26, 2016


DUE OUT April 26, 2016

It's the makeover of a lifetime...

A Novel
Helen Brown

Tumbledown Manor

(Night Owl Reviews)
  • Number: 9781496701480
  • Release: April 26, 2016
  • Author: Helen Brown
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Women's Fiction
  • Publisher: Kensington Books

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.


Helen Brown was born and brought up in New Zealand, where she first worked as a journalist, TV presenter, and scriptwriter. A multi?award?winning columnist, Helen now lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her family and feline, the internationally beloved Jonah. Cleo rose to the top of the bestseller lists in its first weeks in the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, France, and Australia, and has been translated into more than sixteen languages. Cats & Daughters further increased her audience with publications in six countries. Tumbledown Manor, already a bestseller in Australia/New Zealand and in Germany, shows her storytelling talents at their best.


I absolutely loved this book.  A little creepy in a fun way at first when the windows rattle, the roof leaks, strange critters coming around but it was a joy to read.   Lisa Trumperton has just gone through a very tragic thing in her life.  At her birthday party she finds out her husband has been cheating for some time.  Divorce time. She goes to Australia and buys her great grandfather's rundown, dilapidated manor house.  Everyone thinks she's crazy but she's decided to follow her heart for once in her life. She gets help from her son and his friends and an  unexpected plus in her life.  Scott, a man of a man landscaper that for some reason Lisa couldn't resist.   Will there be a romance in the making?  It's said the manor is haunted. Is the rumor true?   Lisa takes on more than she ever thought she could or would.  The author, Ms. Brown gave the reader a little suspense, a little mystery,  a possible romance and so much more.  I read the book in one evening.  Lisa does what a lot of people want to do.  Build a life that you have always wanted, it's never too late. I hope there is another book in the works.   I would recommend this book to anyone.  It's a good fun read without a lot of stone cold seriousness.

 I received a complimentary copy of Tumbledown Manor from the author, Helen Brown and Night Owl Reviews for my  unbiased review of the book.

I would give this book 5 STARS.


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