The daughter of a pastoralist, Daphne grew up in a remote valley of the Brindabella Ranges where she raised her family with her husband, Doug, in a world of horses, cattle and stockmen. But then the government forced them off their land a
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it was amazing
Abby Hunter is a struggling student who is studying kangaroos. Although her training may not pay very well Abby still loves tracking these beautiful big creatures. Just being able to watch them graze, sleep and interact with one another is more than enough for Abby. Having grown up on a farm in Victoria, Abby also loves being outdoors. She couldn’t imagine being stuck in some stuffy office all day.
Cameron Barlow is a journalist and has been sent out to visit Abby to do an interview about the kan
Abby Hunter is a young woman who loves being outdoors on her own. She shies away from romantic relationships and is content studying the kangaroos, until Cameron Barlow, a journalist, comes to interview her and write about her work.
It is also the story of Daphne Norrington who raised her family in the high mountain country until she and her husband are forced off the land. When these women meet they strike up a friendship despite the disparity in their ages. Daphne reminds Abby of her Gran who
it was amazing
Abby Hunter was a struggling student, studying in Canberra and involved in research with kangaroos. Beautiful creatures, the grace and elegance of their movements captivated her continually. She loved working outside; having grown up on a farm in Victoria she had never wanted to work behind a desk. Now her training was taking her to places she loved, working with wild animals – the respect she had for the animals had her working closely with them, but keeping her distance; not invading their spa
The day she met Cameron Barlow, she was waiting for him up in the hills to interview her about her research. Cameron was a journalist, and wanted a human interest story – her PhD supervisor who was an ecologist with a world-wide reputation for his excellence in science encouraged her to meet with the media – it would further her career he said. The WRX Cameron arrived in told her all she needed to know about this city boy, or so she thought.
Abby was a loner; she preferred her own company and didn’t do the social situations at all well – her young past was buried deep, and she had no desire to get too close to anyone – she wouldn’t risk having to discuss her family or her life. The afternoon she was checking her tagged kangaroos in the Brindabella Ranges near an old, deserted homestead, she was surprised to notice an old woman seated nearby. But when Abby witnessed her collapse, she raced to her side, helping her while she regained her composure. And so Abby met Daphne Norrington, the original owner of the homestead they were beside.
As Abby and Daphne became close friends, they both realized each other had secrets – deep, long ago secrets laden with grief. Daphne reminded Abby of her beloved Gran whom she had lost while she was a teenager – she had loved her Gran and so immediately felt comfortable with Daphne, sensing the old lady needed a friend, as she did. But the trauma of the past was seeking release – Abby was feeling more and more overwhelmed. And Daphne found herself drifting into the past – she couldn’t get past the grief which was always there, threatening her sanity. Would these two women be able to release the secrets that bound them? Together could they forgive and move forward?
I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderfully moving story. The characters were well crafted though at times I wanted to shake Abby! Daphne was delightful, a sweet old lady, but I wanted to shake her at times too! The way the past was woven into the present was beautifully done, everything blended and wound its way to a very satisfying conclusion. I have no hesitation in recommending this novel highly.
With thanks to The Reading Room and the publisher for my copy to read and review.