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Home ground
Miller, Hugh, 1937-
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1990.
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Booklist Review

This quiet story unfolds like a fine English melodrama on public television. The third in a series featuring heroine Megan Roberts, it's a love story full of pathos, light intrigue, and a good dose of stiff-upper-lip British style. During the 1930s, Megan returns to her Welsh hometown to care for her patroness, Gwyndolyn Pughes-Morgan. While there, she accepts the position of district nurse and encounters painful memories, religious zealots, and a chance for new love. Miller clearly knows his medical history and properly showcases it in several suspenseful emergency scenes, and he cleverly weaves background from the previous two books about Megan into the story, making it unnecessary to read them in order to enjoy this one. ~--Tracie Richardson

Publisher's Weekly Review

Set in Wales in 1934, this gentle and leisurely romance, Miller's third novel to feature Megan Roberts ( Snow in the Wind ), follows the district nurse back to her hometown of Drynfor. Now 42, Megan puts aside memories of her tragic past (a fiance killed in the Great War, the death of their infant daughter) as she applies her considerable skills to tending the sick. As a friend and confidante, Megan advises the Reverend Pritchard's wife to leave her domineering and violent husband; with shrewd medical intuition, she helps track a murderer; her perceptive sensitivity helps a young woman overcome childhood abuse. Megan is less able to come to grips with her own romantic entanglements: an ambivalent relationship with the town's revered but abrasive doctor, and a safe but unexciting liaison with a local shopkeeper. Fortunately, Megan's fierce assertiveness and wry, self-deprecating humor keep the book from settling into sentimentality. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

District nurse Megan Roberts's life comes full circle in this old-fashioned novel when she returns to her hometown, Drynfor, in North Wales. Her stay at the beautiful estate of her seriously ill mentor, Gwendolyn Pughes-Morgan, allows her to come to terms with her painful past, as well as to gain hope for a brighter future. Now in her forties, she believes that she has lost hope in finding a new love, yet suddenly faces a dilemma when two suitors pursue her. The mysterious illness of a gentleman patient and his strange wife provides intrigue. This book can stand on its own, though readers will enjoy Miller's two previous books about Megan, Snow on the Wind (St. Martin's, 1988) and The District Nurse (St. Martin's, 1984). Highly recommended for public library historical fiction collections.-- Sue Mevis, Ludlow Memorial Lib., Monroe, Wis. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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