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Captivating and ultimately uplifting,
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This review is from: Sarah Thornhill (Kindle Edition)
Kate Grenville writes with amazing assurance. In The Secret River, I was drawn into the story of the Thornhill family's start in Australia. This sequel is equally powerful. Each character has a singular voice making them memorable, vivid and real.
Vernacular speech and narrative can be difficult to deliver well. Kate Grenville strikes a balance which allows both dialogue and descriptive passages to flow with ease. These are not characters, they are people the reader comes to know and care about. It's easy to understand the issues presented and feel for those involved in both happy and heart breaking situations. I found myself willing things to turn out in a particular way; a sure sign of compelling and believable storytelling.
A brilliant follow up, well told and I thoroughly enjoyed every word, along with the food for thought. Unlike some reviewers, I didn't find the social issues intrusive or overdone. They are handled with compassion and sensitivity, without being understated. All round a truly rewarding read.