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Feature book: Silver Clouds

23 October 2013

Silver CloudsSilver Clouds by Fleur McDonald

Tessa Mathison has a dream job in London, far away from where she grew up on a remote cattle station on the Nullarbor, and the tragedy that still haunts her. Distance has not dulled the memory, no matter how fast paced her life has become. When she receives a phone call saying her beloved great aunt has died, it is finally time for Tessa to go home and face the memory of that awful time. Adding to her worries is the news that an unforgivable indiscretion has put her fabulous London job in jeopardy. Guilt-ridden and dreading the outcome, she heads home only to find that she has lost her job and the suspicion of betrayal heaps more burden upon her. So where to go and what to do next? Will she now be labelled the all-time bad girl? Home may hold painful memories, but it also holds the promise of love and family and also, maybe, another kind of love she was not expecting.

Harrison Brooks is not looking forward to the coming year. His beloved daughter will be heading off to boarding school and he’ll be alone. He loved his wife, but she’s gone. All he has are memories and a solitary life in the outback to look forward to. His first meeting with Tessa does not impress. Gone is the country girl, to be replaced by a hard and sharp city girl with little to recommend her beyond her connection to his neighbours, people of whom he thinks highly. It’ll take time and the changes that life in such a remote place demands, before both Tessa and Harrison can overcome their initial impressions to understand they are perfectly right for each other and that love can forgive mistakes.

I really enjoyed this book. Tessa’s journey back from heartache kept me on tenderhooks, wondering if she would fold under the despair she felt at times, but I had faith in the author and the whole HEA I really love in a good romance. Forget bittersweet endings, I like to shut the book on the final page believing that all will be well and that two more people have found love and happiness. I also loved the Afghan connections and their part in helping the people in the outback survive. Although I vaguely knew some of the history, this made it real and I felt proud of our rich cultural heritage. Thank you for that, Fleur.

I’ll be reading more of hers, that’s for sure.

Reviewed by Rosalie

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

  1. aimskye permalink
    12 November 2013 10:08 am

    Thanks for the review Rosalie!

  2. helensibbritt permalink
    23 October 2013 7:47 pm

    Great review Rosalie sounds good

    Have Fun

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