3 - 7 October 2016
( Rhiza Press, 1 April 2016)
By Carol Preston
About the Book:
About the Author:
Carol lives with her husband, Neil, in Wollongong, New South Wales. After their two children, Tammy and Adam, started school, Carol returned to study and completed a PhD at Wollongong University in 1986.
She is now a Psychologist in private practice. Carol enjoys gardening, bushwalking, spending time with her family and researching her family history. Her novels are based on her Australian ancestory. Carol's books in her Turning the Tide series published by Even Before Publishing include Mary's Guardian, Charlotte's Angel, Tangled Secrets and Truly Free.
Carol is also the author of Suzannah's Gold and Rebecca's Dream. Her first book with Rhiza Press is Next of Kin.
For more information about Carol's books and her other interests she can be contacted on her website: www.carolpreston.com.au
Mabel Smart, has a mother who not only fusses over her, especially regarding her asthma, but also tries to control her life and who she will marry. Mabel has other ideas about the way she wants her life to go. She feels much closer to her Aunt Sarah. The time is around that of the First World War and times are changing for women. There is pressure from certain aspects of society for young men to enlist and rush off to war and talk of conscription. Percy Smith has no intention of enlisting. But he could be in trouble from another source, as Australia seeks the internment of Australians descended from those born in Germany.
It was interesting, though sad in many ways, to read this part of our history and the way people who had been here for many years were treated. Also sad to see the way those committed to the cause of war turned on those who did not hold such views. In the midst of this turmoil is a romance, between two people from different backgrounds.
It took me a little bit to get into this story but then I quickly became involved. Having read some other historical novels by Carol Preston and especially Next of Kin, it was good to catch up with some of those characters again. This was a thoroughly enjoyable novel and I learned a bit about our history and a couple of things I didn’t know about at the same time. A recommended read that should appeal to those who like historical novels and interesting books about Australia.