The book tells the story of the mother and the daughter in two timelines of 1994 and 2017. The initial part of book is about the mother Evelyn who backpacks around Australia till she reaches Konunurra in northern Australia. She soon meets a group of fun people and becomes fast friends with them Cam, Leslie, Joe, Kai till something forces her to leave Konunurra in the middle of the night. Libby follows her mother’s footsteps to find Joe as per her mother’s deathbed instruction. And the secrets unfold….
The book is written beautifully by the author, Hannah Ellis. Initially, it started as a one big party in both the timelines, then the author slowly and gradually pulled me in till I found myself fully hooked and invested into the story.
The last 20 percent of the book was well written. I read each line slowly as I didn’t want the book to finish, I knew I was going to miss this book. It was not the characters which hooked me but the author’s style of writing. She started with the frivolous and the writing got emotional as the book progressed, with hints of a deeper story till I reached the secret of that night when Evelyn left. And I couldn’t move, I had to finish the book.
Hannah has written both the main characters as strong women but with hints of vulnerability. They are fun, bold, lovable who like a good time and when they fall in love, they fall deeply. They are both cautious in their approach but strong in their action
There are a few niggles there is a lot of drinking in the book and I didn’t particularly like the pages and pages of party, drinks, and dancing. Nobody seemed very focused in their lives probably because they were all in their early 20s, still in the process of discovering life. Also I would liked the book more, if the author had developed the mother-daughter relationship a bit more. I knew there was love between them but I couldn’t feel the emotion at all times.
On the whole, Ms. Hannah Ellis has done a wonderful job with this story where she has captured intrigue and mystery layered within the free lifestyle and party atmosphere.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Karan & Co. Author Solution and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 3.5 stars
About the Author
Hannah Ellis is originally from Sheffield, England and spent time living in America, Australia and Ireland before finally settling in Munich, Germany where she now lives with her husband and children. She self published her first novel ‘Friends Like These’ in 2015 and is now busy juggling two small children while trying to write more books!
In 1994, twenty-one-year-old Evelyn Taylor left England to backpack around Australia. When she stopped off in the dusty outback town of Kununurra, she never expected to fall in love with the place – and the people. But Joe Sullivan captured her heart, and when her fun-filled year in Australia came to an end, saying goodbye to him was the hardest thing she’d ever done.
In 2017, Evelyn’s daughter, Libby, embarks on her own Australian adventure. Grief-stricken following her mother’s death, she’s determined to find the father she never met. Little does she know that digging up the past will be more complicated than she ever imagined
Publication date : 3rd October 2017
Publisher : Karan & Co. Author Solutions
Language : English
Available on Amazon; free on Kindle Unlimited
A party read ending in a mystery
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Your review is nice to read and indeed, I read it with joy. I believe it’s a good book to read.
Aah thank you so, sir for your kind words. I write on books, you write on real life, and far better writing. Thank you so much for reading my review.
Your reviews are well written. Any one who reads them will grow in language power.
Thank you so much, Sir
Thank you, Shalini. This is a lovely review. I’m very happy that you enjoyed my book! x
Yes I did… Except for the number of beers😉😉 I tried counting but I gave up after the first few pages 😜😜
On a serious note
It’s an honour when an author comments on my blog. Thank you so much for your kind words.
Oh sorry it was too much beer for you! I backpacked around Australia myself (and lived in the beautiful Kununurra for a while) and it was probably too much beer for me too! 😉
I think it’s an honour when bloggers review my books. I have so much respect for what you guys do. Love your blog!
Thank you so much… Please keep writing… Last few pages of your book, without giving out the spoilers, the plaque scene made me cry. You write emotions very well… Please write more on relationships.. It is wonderful when authors do that.
There are so many YA/NA Fantasy etc that relationships and emotions seem to have taken a backseat. It is really wonderful to read a diamond amongst so many routines
Thank you, Shalini. You’re very kind.
Your review is amazing, I may have to put this one on the list!
Thank you so much for your kind words. It’s a nice book and the author Hannah is very sweet
Sorry mam. Very very sorry that I hurt you. It was not intentional. And about struggles, I faced struggles since Day 1, I was born till today (I will be 25 tomorrow) and I am still facing so many struggles of life dealing with all sorts of bad behoaviour of Indians at every step of my lufe everday. Even the so called literate directors of big companies, managers of outlets, branch managers of bank, staff of bank, customer care of stores and even yesterday a small guava vendor on street show much of her anger on me when I just asked her “Can you give me in pieces rather than in kgs as I wanted just 2 guavas”? She was sooooo furious on me and used harsh words. Did I deserve such words when I asked her just about what I wanted?