How to Find Your Way Home: Book summary and reviews of How to Find Your Way Home by Katy Regan

How to Find Your Way Home

by Katy Regan

How to Find Your Way Home by Katy Regan X
How to Find Your Way Home by Katy Regan
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    Feb 15, 2022
    368 pages
    Genre: Novels

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What if the person you thought you'd lost forever walked back into your life?

A warm, uplifting novel about the unshakable bond between siblings, and what happens when a sister discovers her long-missing brother in the most unexpected place, from the author of Little Big Love.

Emily has been looking for the same face in every crowd for more than a decade: her brother's. She'll do anything to find him, she just never expects that one day he will walk through the door of the London housing office where she works, homeless and in need of help.

Emily's overjoyed to see Stephen—her older brother, her hero, the one who taught her to look for the flash of a bird's wings and instilled in her a love and respect for nature's wonders—and invites him to live with her. But the baggage of the day that tore them apart, more than fifteen years before, is heavy. As they attempt to rebuild their relationship, they embark on the birding adventure they'd always promised to take when they were just children running wild in the wetlands of Canvey Island. And so, amid the soft, familiar calls of the marsh birds, they must finally confront what happened that June day—and in all the days since—if they are to finally find their way home.

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Pamela W. (Piney Flats, TN)

Emotionally Tough Read but Worth It
How many more books can I read about a dysfunctional family? At least one more. "How to Find Your Way Home" was worth my time and emotional investment. The characters are developed enough to recognize in real life. The structure isn't a simplistic linear narrative. The resolution isn't a foregone conclusion. I will recommend this read to my friends.

Catherine O. (Altavista, VA)

Real
Intertwining birdwatching with the story of siblings Stephen and Emily made How to Find Your Way Home so authentic. The love these siblings had for birds and the escape that birdwatching provided from their unhappy childhood home was so strong it allowed them to find a way back to each other after decades apart. The author creates characters so real that reading the novel is like stepping into their lives. I know that anyone who enjoys a novel with characters who evolve will devour this book. I will be recommending it to my book club. It also made me want to go birdwatching!

Jessamyn R. (Fayetteville, NC)

A Brother-Sister Story with Great Setting
I enjoyed this book tremendously for its empathetic portrayal of homelessness and those within a broken system, and for the somewhat less typical portrayal of a brother/sister relationship (a nice change from the usual sisters, female friends, mother/daughter or romantic pairings). Steve's protectiveness of his sister seemed a bit over the top in some cases, but I liked both him and Emily enough for it to work. The "twist" at the end was a surprise to me - though I thought E's repression of it could have used a bit more fleshing out - and I liked that their relationship with their mother was left open ended instead of tied up with a bow. The descriptions of the birds and marshes were a treat - one of my favorite parts of the book. I now want to go see the swifts and citrus finch for myself!

Mary L. (Greeley, CO)

Hope--a thing with feathers
Emily Dickinson's poem haunted me as I read this British novel as it reveals painful mistakes haunting a family split apart by frailty, bullying, tragedy, and a huge lie. Something lurks just beyond the reader's reach until near the end. An adult brother and sister, separated for many years, tentatively come back together to face truths which truly set them, at last, free like the birds the brother has always loved.

Dan W. (Fort Myers, FL)

Hidden Secret
This book, which the author, Katy Regan, describes as a epic journey between a brother and sister is captive reading. Even if the reader is not an acclaimed ornithologist or even a casual birdwatcher, the family dynamics that exist within the nuclear family is justification for diving into this book. Truly the relationship between the brother and sister is gripping! The author generates an ongoing an ebb and flow in emotions to the characters in this novel. A surprised ending makes this book an engaging read. Ideal selection for a book club!

Barbara F. (Santa Monica, CA)

Will They Find Their Way Home?
It's been too long since I read such a heartfelt book as "How to Find Your Way Home', so was delighted to get an advance copy from Book.Browse. Regan's writing resonated for me and as I read—kept wondering (hoping) Emily & Stephen would indeed re-connect after do many years. I suspect the open-ended long pandemic contributed to my worry about re-connection & reconciliation.
Emily's ostensibly leading the 'good life' while her brother Stephen has been surviving on the streets for many years after getting out of prison. For what? Why? What happened to cause this turn of events when it seemed their early lives together with their dad & mom—and bird watching—seemed so happy?
But all is not as it was in the present, & slowly, things began to fall into place as I held my breath, with fingers crossed as I continued reading,
Like "Dear Edward", the author introduces us to a traumatized brother and sister—still emotionally wounded by their shared family history with a key question hovering in the background—is it ever too late? Readers will not be disappointed by this life-affirming novel which reminds us it isn't.

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Katy Regan

Katy Regan was brought up in a seaside town in northern England. She studied at the University of Leeds before moving to London, where she worked as a journalist and as a commissioning editor at Marie Claire magazine. Katy has written four books published in the U.K. Little Big Love was her U.S. debut.

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