Shortlisted for the Eason Popular Fiction Award in the 2010 Irish Book Awards.
When the Templeton family from England takes up residence in a stately home in country Australia, they set the locals talking – and with good reason. From the outside, the seven Templetons seem so unusual, peculiar even.
No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbours, single mother Nina Donovan and her son Tom. Before long, the two families’ lives become entwined in unexpected ways, to the delight of Gracie, the youngest of the Templeton daughters.
In the years that follow, the relationships between the Templetons and the two Donovans twist and turn in unpredictable and life-changing directions, until a tragedy tears them all apart. What will it take to bring them together again?
From the internationally best-selling novelist comes her best book yet – a wonderfully entertaining and touching story about the perils and pleasures of love, friendship and family.
‘At Home with the Templetons is an exquisite novel, which combines well crafted characters with a captivating story. Focusing on love, friendship and family, McInerney’s latest offering is guaranteed to enthral her legions of adoring fans.’
Ulster Tatler (Ireland)
‘A glorious tale of two families and their extraordinary effect on each other over the years… Top marks.’
Bookseller magazine (UK)
‘Everything is not as it seems in [Monica] McInerney’s entertaining exploration of family relationships amid romance and turmoil…. McInerney’s greatest feat is to create a large cast of strong characters; they’re individually tough and nicely considered, which lends a pleasing authenticity to the travails of an uncommon family.’
Publishers Weekly, USA
‘I am very happy to report that the wait has been worth it. At Home with the Templetons continues to build on familiar McInerney themes and is delivered in her usual warm, humorous and moving style… McInerney’s great skill lies in creating well-drawn and realistically flawed characters. Her books are well-written, compelling narratives about the nuances of family life – with all the heartaches and the rewards.’
**** Bookseller & Publisher, Australia
‘If you’re looking for a good family saga to get stuck into, then Monica McInerney’s books are just for you. As one of seven children, the Australian born author is no stranger to the trials and tribulations of family life. In this, her eighth novel, she introduces the eccentric Templetons, an English family who raise eyebrows in a small Australian town. A gossipy read for the long dark evenings ahead.’
Image magazine, Ireland
‘The English Templetons arrive to live at Templeton Hall in country Australia, striking the locals as strange, possibly even mad. But Nina, single mother of Tom, finds them fascinating and the two families are linked over the years until something dreadful drives them apart. The author is known for creating unforgettable characters (you’ll love Gracie) and exhilarating plots with subtle twists, and this is no different. A book to enthral you.’
Woman’s Day, Australia, November 2010
‘When a large English family relocates to country Australia, they supply local gossips with much longed-for new material. Humorous mayhem ensues, along with moving moments of love and tragedy.’
NW magazine, Australia, November 2010
‘Lives entwine when an English family arrives in Australia and moves in next door to Nina Donovan and her son, Tom. The Templetons are a little strange but relationships blossom until all are rocked by tragedy. Love, family and friendship are handled with heart and humour. In a word: touching.’
Gold Coast Bulletin, November 2010
‘So perfect is this book for beach-holiday reading that copies are fated to return home with grains of sand lodged in the pages. Classic McInerney, the plot features drama and romance as well as a lovely depiction of a nutty family – it’s light but not lightweight, escapist but not thoughtless. The seven Templetons, including idiosyncratic heroine Gracie, come from England to country Victoria to take possession of a stately home, unsettling the locals. Their closest neighbours are Nina Donovan and her son Tom, and despite Nina’s reluctance to get involved, the lives of the two very different families become enmeshed. The plot keeps up an involving pace, while McInerney’s perceptive writing about change and betrayal in friendships and families provides the substance.’
Australian Independent Booksellers’ Summer Reading Guide, November 2010
‘A warm family story from one of Australia’s favourite authors.’
Illawarra Mercury, Australia, October 2010
‘At Home with the Templetons is a sprawling, languid, family saga full of twists and turns, intrigues and secret love affairs. This could well be McInerney’s best yet.’
Manly Daily, Australia, October 2010
‘Who wouldn’t be fascinated by the Templetons? … McInerney’s latest novel is an exploration of the relationships in the Donovan and Templeton families and the ways their families intersect over the years. For each character, truth becomes a central theme. Who controls the truth and who knows it at any given time? What is the truth of the Templetons? McInerney is not a stranger to writing about strong families (Those Faraday Girls; Alphabet Sisters), and that experience shines through here. Highly recommended for fans of complex characters and compelling prose.’
Library Journal (USA)
‘If a book’s success can be determined by the believability of its secondary characters, Aussie author Monica McInerney’s novel, peopled with miscreants and meddlers, stands far above the rest. Everyone loves a tale of star-crossed lovers, and few could resist the charge of the romance that blooms between upper-crust Gracie Templeton and plain-folks Tom in this decade-spanning narrative filled with enough heartbreak and redemption to keep even the most fickle readers swooning by story’s end.’
Star Tribune (Minneapolis, USA), June 2011