The windows rattle. The roof leaks. Every surface cries out to be stripped, painted, or polished. But for writer Lisa Trumperton, the dilapidated manor house that once belonged to her great-grandfather, is far more than the sum of its battered parts. It’s the chance for a new start on her own terms.
Lisa sets to work refurbishing Trumperton Manor, assisted by her son, his friends, and a “Gray Army” of retired handymen. But it’s not just her ancestral home that’s being transformed. As she trades her chic Manhattan clothes for jeans and work boots, Lisa is changing and fortifying her relationships with her family and her sense of self. There are floods, fires, and catastrophes, but there are new allies too, including a one-eyed cat, a stubborn cockatoo, and a rugged landscaper with an irresistible grin. Piece by piece, the house is pushing Lisa beyond her old limits, daring her to embrace something bigger, braver and more rewarding than she ever dreamed.
“Brown gives inspiration to women with her witty, adventurous story. Her delightful account of one woman’s struggles after divorce and relocation around the world will bring laughter and warmth to her readers.” RT Book Reviews
“Helen Brown writes with empathy and humor in her first novel, about finding new love and purpose in middle age.” Booklist
“Through all the challenges Lisa faces, she continues to find the positives in her life, and readers will be inspired to see her grow. Tumbledown Manor is a fun read that leaves a warm glow.” San Diego Book Review