A Place To Remember is a lovely long story that you can really get your teeth into and enjoy over several days. I was always happy to return to Queensland cattle station, Ivy-May, and its characters and goings on, and fit this book around my busy household. (That's not to say that I didn't stay up very late once or twice!!)
For me, I got most wrapped up in Ava's heartbreaking story. To be loved, and to lose that love through a physical injury that renders the person you love (and who loves you) unable to recall any memory of you - my gosh that would just be so very sad!! And to go through life unable to try to resurrect or rekindle those memories because family and events conspire to keep you out of the way - that's just plain wrong!
Ultimately, A Place To Remember for me is a story of resilience and courage, and hope - that love is enduring and does last the test of time.
I have read all of Jenn J McLeod's books and as always, this one has great country settings, interesting characters, well thought out plot and conflict, and a heap of fun events that bring the country home. (I'm thinking scone bake-offs, quad-bike rides across a rolling landscape, prairie oysters, cyclones - well that part wasn't a fun event but beautifully described.)
My favourite part came right at the end, with mention of a little dude daschund who thought he was a sheep dog, and a timely and epic shift to a first person POV epilogue, and letters and memories and reminiscing by an older Ava that made me cry - it truly was so beautiful and gentle and perfect the way this story ended.
Lovely story - in my opinion the author's best yet - and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys family sagas, and great contemporary fiction.
"A captivating story . . . I cannot wait for McLeod's next novel." --Australian Women's Weekly
A man loses five years of his life. Two women are desperate for him to remember. Perfect for fans of Kate Kerrigan and Colleen McCullough.
Running away for the second time in her life, twenty-seven-year old Ava believes the cook's job at a country B&B is perfect, until she meets the owner's son, John Tate. The young fifth-generation grazier is a beguiling blend of both man, boy and a terrible flirt. With their connection immediate and intense, they begin a clandestine affair right under the noses of John's formidable parents.
Thirty years later, Ava returns to Candlebark Creek with her daughter, Nina, who is determined to meet her mother's lost love for herself. While struggling to find her own place in the world, Nina discovers an urban myth about a love-struck man, a forgotten engagement ring, and a dinner reservation back in the eighties. Now she must decide if revealing the truth will hurt more than it heals...
What readers are saying about A Place to Remember:
'A memorable, emotional family saga in an unforgiving setting. The emotion and poignancy of this story will stay with me'
'Definitely a five star read for me and highly recommended!'
'This is a story that readers won't forget in a hurry. I'd recommend it to everyone'.