All the Children Are Home by Patry Francis

Lindsay’s review

A slow-moving, quiet, but oh-so-powerful story.

This book won’t be for everyone as it’s a very gradual build that quietly speaks to the reader. It takes time and patience but the pay off is well worth it. It is a character driven novel that will sneak up on you and capture your heart.

The characters are phenomenal, remarkable, complicated and truly unforgettable! Never have I EVER read a book where I simply cannot choose a favourite character (or two). And this book included a large cast of main characters – Ma, Pa, Nonna, Jimmy, Agnes, Zaida, Jon just to name a few. I honestly loved them ALL equally, but for very different reasons. There were so many layers to these deeply developed characters, their bonds with one another and the story itself that they haven’t left my mind since finishing the book a couple days ago.

This story is centred around a foster family working hard to make ends meet. This book taught me many things. I felt for these characters and their personal situations – each and every one of them affected differently by the vulnerable foster children that come and leave the home. My heart broke repeatedly but was also filled with hope and affection for the love and loyalty that grew within the walls of this foster home.

The writing is excellent. Powerful in its subtle and quiet manner. The words within these pages are heartwarming and heartbreaking. This book requires the reader to take their time to slowly savour the writing, the powerful story and the beautiful relationships.

Thank you to Harper Collins and Edelweiss for the review copy!

6 thoughts on “All the Children Are Home by Patry Francis”

    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it. 😊


  1. I had to send this review to a lady who has a foster home. It’s truly a beautiful thing that has my attention. So this book is super interesting to me!! Awesome review Lindsay!!!
    I would love to read this!

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    1. Thanks very much Tiffany! This would be a wonderful book for anyone with a personal connection to a foster home – anyone who has experienced or seen the lifelong positive relationships that can be made in that setting . I thought it was a beautiful portrayal of the love that can grow within these homes. Definitely lots of sadness throughout the book but an underlying positive feeling and impression is left on the reader. A truly impactful book!


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