Penguin Books Australia
Cate Christie is a party girl, unable to commit to anything, until she is involved in a tragic accident that changes everything. To escape her guilt and her parents’ bitter disapproval, Cate leaves Perth for her Aunt Ida’s isolated farm in country Western Australia.
Henry is a drifter, a young swagman-like character who wanders onto the Christie family property and takes up residence in a disused shed. With secrets of his own, the last thing he wants is to get tangled up in Cate and Ida’s lives.
Against their own better judgement, the fates of Cate and Henry and Ida inexorably intertwine and they learn to face the realities of life, death and letting go.
A witty, charming and moving debut rural romance about what makes a good death and, more importantly, what makes a good life.
Debut Perth writer reflects on survivors guilt in a moving, fast paced most enjoyable coming of age read that ticks all the boxes.
√ Wonderful realistic characters
√ Natural and genuine dialogue
√ Local (Western Australian) settings – rural and city
√ Discusses many contemporary social issues including redemption and atonement, survivor guilt, end of life choices, the survival of small rural towns …
√ Has a fast paced narrative
√ Is mysterious and complex
√ Has an honest and trustworthy voice
√ Weaves into the narrative a few twists
√ And an ending that…will you will have to discover that yourself.
What more could you want?
I love it that there’ so much good reading coming out of WA, Carol. I’m not usually much of a one for romances, but this one sounds like more than just a romance. Glad you enjoyed it.
Much more than a romance Margot – the overall theme concerns the questions :”what is a goods life, a good death? ” Very very relevant
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