“Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling.” In this heartwarming novel Carmel Harrington captures the essence of this featured line in a way that sticks with you long after you’ve turned the last page. Ruth calls herself an ‘aspie’ as she and her son make their way into emergency housing for the homeless. Tom is a rough-sleeping homeless man in Dublin with a mysterious past bound to cross that of Ruth and her son. As the plot unfolds we see how intertwined these lives are and how very different paths can be united first with friendship, then into family. “Everyone has a story if you take the time to listen,” will bring new depth and meaning to a vastly misunderstood niche of living. This book was the Once Upon a Book Club’s September 2019 feature and accompanied with gifts to open at different points within the story. While the gifts are rated as average in this box, the book itself remains the shining star.