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To Love a Sunburnt Country

To Love a Sunburnt Country review  103 E the warnings Moira has resisted leaving as she wants to stay near her husband When Malaya is invaded Nancy Moira and Gavin are fortunate to get out before Singapore falls When their ship is bombed they end up stranded on an island where they and some other colonial women are captured There begins the nightmare and horror of internment in a Japanese camp Back home at Gibber's Cr. I have mixed feelings about this book It is a cracking war story with all the twists and turns and tragedies and heartbreak you would expect However it is like a story sold in a souvenir shop to tourists the Australiana is extreme Slang and turn of phrase makes sense But every simile is as surely as she knew the colour of the paddocks after rain or still as a lizard on a rock or just like a rider went ahead when you were droving I felt saturated in it Once the story got going and the main characters stopped focussing on how Aussie they were the story was easier to tolerate I will just put to one side the fact that some characters seem to have famous bush ballads written about them I don t know what to do with that On the recommendation of one of our book group members I read this without reading the earlier books The story is standalone but they do spend a fair bit of time referring to previous stories that are probably covered in the prior books

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To Love a Sunburnt Country review  103 The year is 1942 and the world is at war Nancy Clancy is 16 and left school to spend a year droving just like her grandfather Clancy of the Overflow was famed for Now Nancy's family has sent her to Malaya to bring home her sister in law Moira and baby Gavin Moira is British and married to Nancy's brother Ben who is now a soldier Malaya is under threat from the Japanese but despit. This review also appears on my blog Genie In A Book Thank you to HarperCollins Australia for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewIt seems that my appreciation for Jackie French s novels knows no bounds With each and every story she writes I find myself even captivated by her insight into the essence of human nature in some of the most trying times in Australia s history Though To Love A Sunburnt Country is ultimately a work of fiction the characters within it may as well be real because that s what they seem when you read this book This is a captivating emotional and heartfelt story which offers us readers a glimpse into how Australia s people were affected by WWII The Nancy who returned home now and she would return she must return and Gavin and Moira too would not be the urchin who wagged school to go adventuring in tatty moleskins I know how to dress and behave for the Melbourne Cup or a drover s camp she thought I am Nancy of the Overflow and I can do anythingIncluding survive Although this book could potentially be read as a stand alone because it does provide a lot of background into the previous three novels of the Matilda saga I loved seeing all of the past characters make an appearance Seeing where Matilda is now with a family of her own along with Flinty McAlpine from The Girl from Snowy River and Blue from The Road to Gundagaionce again showcased Jackie French s talent in weaving together so many different characters from times gone by into one cohesive piece Of course the new addition of Nancy as the main character in this novel was the focal point and what she goes through is nothing short of heart wrenching Yet as always what I found in this book were strong women who despite facing the impossible are ready to beat the odds Their men may be fighting in a war but keeping up the side is what those who are left behind must do and that they do well He wondered if this was the real reason women gathered in their precious free hours at night to roll bandages wrap comfort packages or organise fundraisers There was comfort in being together Indeed every character in this novel is admirable for their bravery and courage manifested in many different ways There was a real sense of camaraderie which I picked up on and resilience which can be nurtured when people stick together even when morale hits rock bottom Nancy s experience in Pulau Ayu Prison Camp along with the other women there including her sister in law Moira and her nephew Gavin was an eye opener The way that everybody banded together there and how complex their situation with their Japanese captors were was fascinating On a wider scale there is a myriad of perspectives offered by other characters as well giving the novel a multifaceted perspective into the 1940 s in Australian society From the Drinkwater estate to even the Kokoda Track the author has captured almost every aspect of what life must have been like for the individuals she has created Tommy smiled at her his beautiful wife His handsome son People of integrity People who cared about a man they hadn t met and his family not to condemn him out of hand Good people I have been blessed he thought So blessed a family and a job and a land to love As usual the historical detail is excellent and you can just tell how much research must have gone into creating a masterpiece like this The excerpts from the Gibber s Creek Gazette though fictional offered a uniue method of reflecting the attitudes of the time whereas the letters which the characters wrote to each other were able to convey the events as they unfolded with an emotive clarity Still don t be fooled and think that this book is simply going to offer you a history lesson No this book is than that It is the most emotional of the series and yes I cried In times of war there is bound to be sadness and some of the tragedies which occurred in the story were shattering So many innocent lives were touched by things that happened in far away lands and this is the reality of war which Jackie managed to so artfully capture Five years ago her life had changed its course as if in flood uncontrolled impossible to stop Now suddenly it was in its banks again She knew where she was headed just like the river FINAL THOUGHTS In reading this book I have wept at the tragedies and suffering that war brings yet been in awe at the gleaming hope many were still willing to grasp onto Jackie French is a renowned Australian author for a reason She is able to write amazing stories of our country and the tribulations that those before us have faced maintaining the delicate euilibrium of fact and fiction It s without a doubt that I can t wait to see what she writes next because To Love A Sunburnt Country is definitely her best novel yet

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To Love a Sunburnt Country review  103 Eek families are doing their bit for the war They worry constantly about their men who are fighting and now those who are missing after Singapore falls Powerful compelling and confronting this is a book that pulls no punches Filled with emotional truth and heartfelt agony this unforgettable fourth book in The Matilda Saga continues the journey that started with A Waltz for Matild. Fantastic book exploring Malaysia and Japan in WWII Personally think that it is the best book of the Matilda Saga From war torn Singapore to her ship being blown up and being shot at and becoming a POW Nancy of the Overflow is a true hero


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