4 - 8 April
(Armour Books, 14 February 2016)
About the Book:
After the death of his grandmother, Dimitri finds he's been lied to most of his life. His journey into the Outback to unravel the mystery of his identity leads to an encounter with Leah, a nurse with a tragic secret.
About the Author
Susanne is married, has four beautiful children and works as a community nurse with children and families. Themes of her work and her faith appear in her writing.
Susanne is the author of the blog, 10 Minute Daily Retreat. These twice weekly reflections on scripture can be read via:
Her first novel, Twice Stolen, was released in February 2016. It fits the genre of Inspirational Fiction, has Australian Aboriginal themes and is flavoured with a sprinkling of Medical Romance.
Twice stolen won the CALEB prize for an unpublished manuscript. The book is published by Armour Books
This is an extremely interesting read. Twice stolen was the winner of the Caleb award for faith-inspired writing. It is easy to see why. There has been a lot of research has gone into the story, the characters are interesting and there is a wealth of information about Indigenous customs that threads its way through the story. I loved the characters of Dimitri, Leah and Aunty Paula and Lucy who feature predominately. The story is told from two perspectives, that of Dimitri and Leah. Like all of us, they sometimes get it wrong and make assumptions about others and about situations that are not always correct.
This is primarily a book about people and the secrets they keep and the situations they find themselves in. In the course of this story the reader learns more about the Stolen Generation, a sad fact of Australia’s past. It is a novel to stir the emotions with compassion, anger, sorrow and I’d be surprised if readers manage to get through it without a few teary eyes. But is also a book about love, forgiveness and hope. Packed with lots of interesting information and insights, I thoroughly enjoyed it and loved the descriptions of the outback and its people.
Lovely to see a new voice in the realm of Australian fiction. The novel is set off by a beautiful cover. This book will be launched in Adelaide on February 14. I was privileged to have my copy given to me from the publisher to read and review. An absorbing read, this is a bright start for Armour books, a new publisher on the Australian scene.