- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 702 KB
- Print Length: 381 pages
- Publisher: HQ Fiction (1 June 2020)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B08287QFZY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 4 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Meredith Appleyard lives in the Clare Valley wine-growing region of South Australia. As a registered nurse and midwife she practised in a wide range of country health settings, including the Royal Flying Doctor Service. She has been an agency nurse in London and a volunteer in Vietnam. When a friend challenged Meredith to do what she'd always wanted to do – write a novel – she saved up, took time off work, sat down at the computer and wrote her first novel. Realising after the first rejection letter she needed to learn more about the craft of writing, she attended workshops, joined a writers' group and successfully completed an Advanced Diploma of Arts in Professional Writing with the Adelaide Centre for Arts. Meredith lives with her husband and border collie Lily, and when she's not writing she's reading!
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Sarah, estranged from her husband, has limited contact with Faith and Tim. She has grandchildren as well. In Grace’s absence, Sarah finds herself drawn back to Miners Ridge. Can she possible rebuild family relationships?
The story alternates between Grace and Sarah. We learn about the events of the past that have broken the family apart, we learn a secret, and we share hopes for a better and brighter future.
I enjoyed this novel. I like the way in which Ms Appleyard kept the story moving, balancing past and present, giving insights into most of the characters and their actions. I felt a range of emotions: anger, hope, sadness, and sorrow as the story unfolded.
‘Her leaving had certainly been a catalyst for change.’
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin HQ for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
Since the death of Luke, the youngest of the four Fairly siblings, in a car accident a number of years ago, the family has become totally dysfunctional and broken. Eldest Grace has always felt to be the glue that kept the family, if not together, then the go between both parents and her siblings.
She is a successful financial analyst and has been offered a contract in the London office but with the family still torn and resentment, anger and jealousy simmering through them, she still feels she has to be the peacemaker from far away. Perhaps it’s time she steps back and let matters take it’s course and just maybe she can find some happiness herself.
A contemporary family drama set in a small farming community of Miners Ridge, in the Mid north of South Australia, it didn’t capture the small town community feeling that I have taken from some of her other books but it was no less enjoyable. Most of the characters have their own journeys and they are interwoven, in a multilayered plot to a well to a satisfying conclusion.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy to read.