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Feature book: Heart of Gold

13 April 2011

Heart of Gold by Fiona Palmer

Catherine Jean (CJ) Wishart had an idyllic childhood. She was a much-loved child until her father had an accident and he became a drunken, hollow shell of a man. In his drunken state, he is often violent and this makes CJ and her mother very wary of him. CJ is a wool classer in the shearing shed and she loves what she does. She does want to move on but is not sure if she should. She meets Lindsay and her life changes in many ways. He teaches her how to shear sheep and how to love. Then he has an accident and he leaves her. She manages to go forward to achieve her dreams and wonders if Lindsay will be part of them.

Lindsay appears one day in the shearing shed and CJ is captivated. He is a bit of a mystery but as the story moves on he expresses his wishes and desires to CJ. He is a country man, more closed than the city man, and feels that all his secrets should stay his own but he is eventually willing to share them with CJ as their relationship develops. He learns many lessons after his accident and it is from here that he comes to accept many things about his life.

There were also secondary characters who added interest to the storyline. These characters are a part of the wider community. There was Irene and Paul who had been together a while then decided to marry. And Irene has a secret child. While Irene is a roustabout, she is still a kind-hearted soul. Then there is Chris, Irene’s long-lost son, who comes to live in the town. Lindsay’s young cousins are a delight and have a personality of their own. Dot, CJ’s mother, comes into her own when she is able to move out from under her husband’s shadow. And who could not but love Burt.

What I really liked about this story was the Australian outback setting. The town was somewhere close enough to Perth, Western Australia and really shows what country life might be like. There was a certain realism in the story. The characters spoke as I imagined they would in a small country town. There were also many references to Australian culture such as the songs being listened to and the expressions used by the characters. The characters’ general attitude really screams country Australia and it is a delight to read such a different style from the city characters in many other books.

reviewed by Heather K

The review copy of this book is available to give away to one member who leaves a comment.

The giveaway competition is now closed. The winner was Barbara.

  1. Jess permalink
    1 August 2012 4:05 pm

    Just finished reading Heart of Gold. Went through it in less than 48 hours. I was addicted. The book is amazing. I love the characters, especially CJ and Lindsey and I love the way you bring the shearing shed to life. I have also read the Family Farm too. This genre is addictive and I am always looking for new books!

  2. Caitlin permalink
    8 February 2012 7:08 pm

    I’m 13yrs old and it usually takes me 2 months to read a book like Heart of Gold but I read it in a week. It is such a page turner. I love shearing etc etc and the way you have twisted the shearing romance is amazing!! The book is so awe inspiring! I LOVE IT!!!!!

  3. Aimee permalink
    15 May 2011 5:38 pm

    Great review Heather!

    Aimee (NONMOTY)

  4. 14 April 2011 7:51 am

    Loved Heart of Gold! Beautiful Aussie setting with characters who I wanted to see succeed. And the look inside the world of shearing was fascinating 🙂

  5. Barbara permalink
    13 April 2011 5:59 pm

    Good review Heather….I love reading books with an aussie country setting … so looks like another to add to the list

  6. Fiona Palmer permalink
    13 April 2011 5:21 pm

    Thanks Sarah. 🙂 It’s nice to know when people get something out of my books.
    Suzanne…i do that all the time lol. Hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it.
    Huge thanks Heather for the review. 🙂

  7. Suzanne permalink
    13 April 2011 4:04 pm

    Oh okay, I can wait really to read it. lol… It was meant to read, I can’t wait. 🙂 Ho Hum. 🙂

  8. Suzanne permalink
    13 April 2011 4:02 pm

    I haven’t as yet read Heart of Gold but I’ve heard plenty about it. I can wait to read it. Being born in the country, of wheat, sheep and cattle, d spending time there with four brothers I can relate to outback stories. I must love the country, after all, I married a country man. 🙂

  9. Sarah Anderson permalink
    13 April 2011 1:16 pm

    I have read the Hear of Gold i found it to have a great story myself being a coutry girl can relate to the things that happening as you take the trip with CJ and the shearing shed. The way the aurther Fiona Palmer has constructed the story and devaloped a connection with the general public is great it makes you want to keep reading. This book is a must read by all even if your not a coutry person Heat of Gold will take you on trip though the coutry Fiona Palmer has gone to great lenght to bring the outback to her stories. I’m glad i got hooker on her books.

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