Miranda McIntyre has ticked all the boxes. Education, career, husband-to-be. When planning her wedding she asks about an antique horseshoe necklace she remembers from her childhood. Her mother’s reaction is the catalyst for Miranda to wonder about her grandmother’s life and take off to the country in search of answers. Time away in the idyllic rural coastal town of Pelican Point is just what she needs to see her life clearly and deal with the nagging doubts about her upcoming marriage. Without giving too much away…there are themes of renewal, reunion, and a touch of romance. Pamela’s descriptions of the Australian landscape are so beautiful I felt transported back to my memories of coastal holidays. The other characters enrich the tale – strong and charming in their own unique way. I loved the insights into Miranda’s grandmother’s youth that are so cleverly wound into the story. From delving into the past and uncovering the family mystery Miranda discovers what she really wants from life. A well-crafted novel with fascinating characters and a story that keeps you turning the page.
Essie's Way is another of Pamela Cook's truly captivating reads. Pam is an author who uses such powerful imagery in her descriptions and her character portrayals that you truly believe you are part of the novel, part of the journey that she takes you on as you turn page after page. Miranda's adventure, which takes her from the bustling city life of Sydney down to the quiet, laid-back seaside-town of Pelican Point, is not only a journey in search of answers to a family mystery, but also a personal journey: a journey of self-discovery filled with questions about family and love. This story is full of wonderful descriptions of the breath-taking scenery of South Coast NSW, a hint of romance and a gripping plot that makes you keep turning the pages. I could not put this book down!
On the surface Miranda seems to have it all - fabulous career, wonderful fiancé and good friends. But as her wedding day looms, so too does a growing sense of unease. Add to that the discovery of a family mystery and Miranda soon finds herself with a great excuse to take a time out from her busy life in Sydney, travelling to the beautiful seaside town of Pelican Point in the hopes of solving it. Pamela Cook has that most wonderful of author gifts - the ability to transport the reader to other worlds. Her descriptions of the seaside town of Pelican Point I found particularly breathtaking. I could see the gathering clouds, feel the seaspray on my skin, sense Miranda's emotions! Well done Pamela, Essie's Way was another mesmerizing read!