Home to the Hills by Dee Yates #BookReview #BlogTour #Aria #NetGalley #4*


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After the Second World War, Ellen and her daughter Netta make the journey from Germany back to Scotland.

Nestled in the hills of the Southern Uplands is the farm where Ellen grew up – the home she left to be with the only man she’s ever loved. She is still haunted by her memories… and the secrets she dare not share with anyone.

Having grown up in Freiburg, farm life is new and exciting to Netta. Determined to be useful, she offers to help new shepherd, Andrew Cameron. But doing so might put her bruised heart at risk…

The war took so much from Ellen and Netta. But maybe now the sanctuary of the hills can offer them the hope of a new beginning.


A heartwrenching Scottish saga, perfect for fans of Sheila Jeffries and Katie Flynn.


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An Absorbing & Satisfying Saga!      stars 4


A wonderfully warm saga and a real eye-opener to life following the second world war.

Ellen is a Scotswoman; along with her daughter Netta she makes her way back to her home country after being interred in Germany. Making her way back to the place of her birth they receive some bad news but are made very welcome. Having travelled with next to nothing, Netta needs to work to provide for them and soon makes herself useful on the farm . . .

The author obviously writes about areas she is familiar with and she does justice both to the Scottish scenery and the county of Yorkshire, providing rich detailed images of both. The story has everything going for it; family bonds, past heartbreaks and the uncertainty of the future. It’s a well-written tale and very easy to read; once I began it was difficult to lay it aside. An absorbing and satisfying saga which has brought the author to my attention. This is one I’m happy to recommend and give four stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley, and to Vicky Joss for my spot on this tour. This is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: historical family saga, women’s fiction


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Author Bio


Dee Yates


Born and brought up in the south of England, the eldest girl of nine children, Dee moved north to Yorkshire to study medicine. She remained there, working in well woman medicine and general practice and bringing up her three daughters. She retired slightly early at the end of 2003, in order to start writing and wrote two books in the next three years. In 2007 she moved further north, to the beautiful Southern Uplands of Scotland. Here she fills her time with her three grandsons, helping in the local museum, the church and the school library, walking, gardening and reading. She writes historical fiction, poetry and more recently non-fiction. Occasionally she gets to compare notes with her youngest sister, Sarah Flint, who writes crime with blood-curdling descriptions which make Dee want to hide behind the settee.


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