Kate and Harriet are best friends who are growing up together on an isolated Australian cape in the 1880s. As daughters of the lighthouse keepers, the two girls share everything until a fisherman, McPhail, arrives in their small community.
When Kate witnesses the desire that flares between him and Harriet, she is torn by her feelings of envy and longing. Ultimately a moment of skylarking in McPhail's hut changes everything....
©2016 Kate Mildehall (P)2016 W F Howes Ltd
"Reminiscent of Hannah Kent's Burial Rites and Shirley Barrett's Rush Oh!" (Books + Publishing)
I chose this audio, because having searched for well-reviewed Aussie novels, this one kept being recommended.
The narration was fine. A sweet voice, that was easy to listen to and reflected the traits of the lead characters.
The story itself? Fine. I mean, given the readership reviews, I expected something more heart-tugging, or perhaps with more profundity. But by this audio it feels too light and cliche to be of any real impact. A nice short-lived (you'll understand) slice of life from a historical community.
Maybe that's it? Given the opportunity of landscape and history and demographics, this cldve been a wonderful, weighty, piece of writing... but as the story comes to a close, I'm distracted by its brevity and consider if that's a ruse to have a second book...
Anyhoo. It's fine. Honestly. It's not going to change your life. Or even keep you company for a second once finished.... but it's a nice way to pass an afternoon or two.
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