- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3133 KB
- Print Length: 418 pages
- Publisher: Valeena Press (4 August 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JS889X4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 14 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Shack by the Bay Kindle Edition
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Review - Loved the North Queensland setting for this novel - the coastline and fishing, the beaches, the shack, towns and pubs were all brought to life with beautiful description. An interesting mix of family turmoil, a coming of age, love and its complications against the backdrop of World War II and Australians fighting in New Guinea. A very commendable first novel. Jill – Goodreads’ Reviewer
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My favourite character was, without a doubt, Pa. He just felt so real and warm to me and when I found myself sobbing in the first 50 pages, I knew Lea's writing had won me over. There is a real gentleness to her writing that is hard to describe. I think Lea's experience as a history teacher shines through and I think she captured wartime mood beautifully (although the book is set in modern times, there are historical elements linked to WWII). I have always found it difficult to understand the underlying hate many older Australians have for the Germans and Japanese, but Lea manages to convey understanding in a historical context that shows both an old and modern view of seeing this. I mentioned to my husband that I could UNDERSTAND (but not accept), through this book, the prejudices that live on to this day.
I did struggle a little in the second half of the book with Luke. He was such a beautifully crafted character in the first half and when he met Lily, I found it difficult to accept the way he treated her and the dialogue felt a little more forced/not quite as authentic between them. Lily is also the opposite to the usual female characters I set out to read and she infuriated me. I love strong, female leads who are usually the warriors and assassins. Lily was the little, lost girl with low self-esteem. However, even though I didn't gel with the characters, they felt authentic. Even though I cringed with some of the slang, we know that in some locations it is authentic.
Authentic. That is the best way to describe this beautiful, little, aussie treasure. The story line moves at a snail's pace, but it doesn't feel like a slow read. It feels refreshing and made me feel that I too have had a peaceful reprieve for the craziness of life in my own (mental) shack by the bay.
Eagerly awaiting her next novel.