Set in 1948 rural NSW, the prejudices of the local farmers and graziers against a young Kate Dowd, running her sheep station, Amiens after her father had died three years earlier was cruel, heartless but typical of the time. A housekeeper; a young Aboriginal girl helping in the house; young Harry and Pearl; plus a few stockmen – they and Kate continued to run Amiens well. But the locals couldn’t abide her success – from the bank manager, to the haberdashery owner and her next door neighbour, Mr Fletcher – Kate was fighting the battle daily.
Her husband Jack and Kate were estranged. But Jack wasn’t letting her go without a fight; his bitter, vindictive nature frightened Kate, but she knew she couldn’t – shouldn’t – give in to his orders. The day the bushfire took hold, heading for her property and that of her neighbour, was the start of a terrible time for Kate and Amiens. With Luca in danger from a determined Jack, and Kate finding who her friends really were, it seemed that the result wouldn’t be good for anyone. Was Kate strong enough to withstand the assault of the townsfolk? Could she possibly keep all she held dear without repercussions?
The Burnt Country is my first by Aussie author Joy Rhoades and I thoroughly enjoyed it. An intense and emotional look at Australia in the mid-1900s; at the way the women of our country were treated and also how the Aboriginals were shunned. Shameful, shocking and eye-opening. The sign of an excellent author was my urge to shake sense (and more!) into some of the arrogant and self-centred men that showed their faces in The Burnt Country. A highly readable novel which I have no hesitation in recommending highly.
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: BANTAM AUSTRALIA ORIGINAL (6 August 2019)
- ISBN-10: 0143793721
- ISBN-13: 978-0143793724
- Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.2 x 23.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 499 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)