Feature book: Seasons of Shadow and Light
Paige Turner has had a life that differs from a normal one. In her nearly 40 years, Paige has had two mothers, lots of dreams from a very young age, a life of moving around a fair bit, losing her mother Nancy when she was only young, and then having her other Mum Alice take over her care and nurturing. But she was always happy, knowing she was very much loved. She was very fond of cooking and became a culinary journalist. She spent a lot of time at the beach, where she met her man, Robert—a surfer guy—happily married him and had a beautiful little girl, Matilda. She has been afraid someone would take her away, and the dreams continued here and there. Nana Alice moved very close to become a full-time Nanny and loved her life with her family. Then Paige fell pregnant with baby number two, but things went wrong. Paige miscarried and then had a stroke. Her life was turned upside down, and this put a lot of pressure on her and Robert. With the dreams happening more often, Paige asked Alice more questions about her mother. When Paige found a photo of her mother among Alice’s belongings, she decided to take Matilda and Alice on a holiday to the small town of Saddleton to see what she could find out. This changed her life forever.
Paige, Alice, Matilda and their dog Toto set off on a road trip for a couple of reasons—Paige needs to rethink her marriage to Robert, and she is also trying to discover more about her mother. There are things that Alice would much prefer stay secret. When they are detoured because of rising flood waters and end up in a little town called Coolabah Tree Gully, which they know nothing about, this is where the story really heats up with so many things happening. They meet the townspeople, including the pub owner, his daughter, grandson and their nephew, Aiden. They hears stories and get the feeling this is where they should be for Paige to find out the truth and to uncover a lot about her mother, such as the mystery of the photo she found with her mother on a horse when Paige thought she had been allergic to horses. In the photo, she is on a horse holding a baby and there is a man in the background also holding a baby.
This is a story that really is a page turner. After all these years Alice, who has been the keeper of secrets, has to decide should she open up and tell them all that she knows to help the living or keep her promise to the woman she loved, and help Paige understand her dreams and the reasons for the way things turned out. This is a beautifully written story that is so rich and real. The setting is lovely. It is a compelling read. A little different to the normal romances that I read, but what a beautiful HEA for so many people that you will fall for while reading this book. I highly recommend it, and I do hope that this review has done justice to this story.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.