Flying the Nest by Rachael Johns. (2020).
**5 out of 5 stars**
The first time Ashling realises her marriage is on the rocks is when her husband Adrian suggests they try nest parenting; the children stay in the family home while the parents alternate weeks. All Ash wants is her family back together. An offer to renovate a seaside cottage in Ragged Point seems like the perfect distraction for Ash while waiting for Adrian to come to his senses, but life gets more complicated when she meets local fisherman Dan. Soon, each home-stay becomes more dysfunctional while Ash loves her peaceful life at the cottage; she begins to question what she really wants. When tragedy pulls Ash back to the city, she’s torn between the needs of her family and her future. Can her family life fit in with a permanent beach move or could her new-found independence attract Adrian back to the nest?
I only read my first Rachael Johns book a couple years ago, but I’ve since read quite a few and she has become one of my favourite authors. So maybe don’t expect an unbiased review…haha. But seriously, what’s not to like? I think you’d be hard pressed to find a reader of modern “women’s lit”/”chick lit” who wouldn’t enjoy this novel. I had heard of the notion of nest parenting, but this is the first novel I’ve read that actually explores it so that was interesting in itself. Can’t say I warmed to Adrian dropping that bomb out of nowhere – we were never going to be friends haha. I really felt for Ash and I was so happy for her when she began to really enjoy life in Ragged Point. Actually, I kind of wanted to visit Ragged Point because the landscape sounded stunning, and the community (most of them haha) sounded fab as well. By the end of the book you’ll feel like Ash and all her family/friends are also your friends.
I highly recommend this well-written, super easy to read, and just all round fantastic read.