20 Books of Summer Book 16 Review – Source

Title: Source

Author: Rosemary Johnston

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Goodreads Rating: 4.00

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Source: ARC


Kate and her teenage daughter return to Ireland to sort through what is left of the family farm. But in doing so, Kate is brought to all the reasons she left many years ago. She can find no attachment to the objects of her past until she comes across her father’s dictionary.

Can words be the way for her to unlock the past? Can they help pave the way towards reconciliation? Can they help us understand ourselves?

Source is a book about beginnings and homeland and the words that accompany us on our journey.

My Review:

I’d like to thank Rosemary Johnston for getting in touch with me to review her novella.

Source is a very short, quick read but it is packed full of character. The story starts with Kate and her daughter returning to Kate’s hometown to sort through the possession at her childhood home. As the story continues we learn more and more about Kate’s past and why she left in the first place.

It is clear that Kate still holds a lot of resentment about her childhood and returning home has only brought those feelings to the surface. My favourite part of her story was when she reconnected with an old friend and we learnt more about his troubles and past.

The dictionary was fascinating. I loved learning about the Viking words and Kate’s final thoughts on what words are certainly gave me food for thought!

This beautifully written story about grief, loneliness and facing ones past can easily be read in one sitting. Once I’ve reached the end I was almost sad that it was over. I wanted to know what was next for Kate and her family.


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