I was struck by the lusciousness of this novel both physically; the Australian bush with its lilting birds and the fiery orange boldness of the trumpet flowers, and emotionally with two young lovers scrapping out their relationship on the North Coast of NSW. … A good read interspersed with an evocative rich landscape and emotional heart strings being pulled. The research to place this story after the war is extensive. – Amazon Review
My story takes place in a raw and natural setting called Karrana at the end of the Second World War in the Pacific.
Here, a stunningly attractive young woman, Bridie O’Toole, is ready to break out of her universe and demand more from life. She’s clever and, like a bright chrysalis, just knows that she deserves more — like the cows on the dairy farm where she’s been brought up, know when it’s time to come home for milking. She meets the love of her life (or is it her polar opposite) Will Featherstone, at a victory dance to mark the Allied win.
Bridie falls pregnant in a moment of raw passion and rebellion. This throws her back into the very environment she is trying to break free from. This is a women’s story, so it’s about love, nature, pregnancies, child nurturing and dissatisfaction. And for those men who would understand and appreciate these themes, come on board, you won’t regret it. An accident to her first ‘golden child’ sends the young woman into a spin — a bit like a depression — followed by something akin to enlightenment, wherein passion leads her into a forbidden liaison with a sophisticated, refugee doctor in Sydney.
I won’t tell you the ending, but suffice it to say it’s a bit complicated. The third persona in this novel is that of Nature itself, permeating the novel from the beginning till the end. It can also be seen as a Coming of Age story in a historical sense as Australia heads towards the promiscuous sixties.
About the Author
Anne Skyvington, A life-long lover of the written word, Anne holds academic honours in English and foreign languages, enjoying a celebrated career of over forty years, teaching English to overseas educated professionals. Anne retired from teaching in the early 2000s, in order to study and practise writing as a full-time vocation. After completing her Creative writing Studies at The University Of Technology, Sydney, she became increasingly interested in the slowly emerging ‘Internet’, and the opportunities it brought to writers everywhere.
Anne immediately became fascinated with the concept of ‘blogging’, digital marketing and self-publishing, Her personal blog ‘The Craft of Writing anneskyvington.com.au, journals the past fifteen years of her own educational experience, beginning as a complete internet newbie, to a digital expert in the field of Self-Publishing. She blogs on the craft of creative writing and her life as a writer in Sydney, Australia.
Her articles distill the research she does for her own creative writing and explore the fundamentals of writing and publishing. Anne is a mother to a son and daughter. Also a grandmother to seven much adored grandchildren; she shares them with Mark, her loving and exceptionally supportive husband of forty-four years. The two live happily together near the beach in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.