A Southern Shelter, book two in Anya Forest's Across The Strait series, tells a complex story of love in the face of adversity. The story is set in and around Queenstown, one of the prettiest locations on New Zealand's south island.
Protagonists Lisa and Jesse both have serious family issues which they need to address if they are to have a future together. For Lisa it's a matter of learning to value herself after a lifetime of being put down by her mother, who treats Lisa's older brother Blake as her golden boy. Jesse has spent his life living with a horrific arm injury and the knowledge that his father killed his mother. He worries that he may turn out like his father.
Anya Forest has developed a strong cast of characters in this contemporary novel. Both Lisa and Jesse are well rounded and their back story is fed in nicely through the novel, but the supporting characters are also well developed.
The plot moves gently at first but it wasn't long before I was hooked and trying to find as many spare moments as possible to read. It did take me a while to get used to the large amount of self talk in this novel and I would have probably preferred quite a bit less but as the story progresses the self talk diminishes.
This story is written by a New Zealander and set in New Zealand, which I loved because seriously that is one spectacular country. Some of the words may be unfamiliar to some international readers - it took me a little while to work out what a crib is (think holiday house), and for tramping, read hiking. Having said that, it doesn't take long to work things out because of the context.
This is the second book in the series and stands alone well. It is the first time I've read this author and I'm now keen to read book one. I really enjoyed this story.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2068 KB
- Print Length: 410 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Anya Forest (27 January 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M732ZYF
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 1 customer rating
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #809,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)