Feature book: The Patterson Girls
Four girls. Four personalities. Four careers. Four sets of plans for the future. But in an instant, it all changes.
The girls, or women, arrive home in outback South Australia from all over the world to have the first Christmas since their mother’s death. They all have their issues but are willing to put their life on hold temporarily to do this one thing for their father, to spend the first Christmas together without their mother. While they are with their father they learn of a curse, which will devastate at least one of the girls.
Madeleine is a successful doctor in the United States. She is in love with Hugo. But Hugo is engaged to marry another women. When she returns to her US home, Madeleine’s thoughts turn to having a baby. She tries a donor but when Hugo volunteers his sperm, she doesn’t quite know what to do.
Abigail is a violinist in London. She recently lost her job through an indiscretion with a co-worker and hides this from her family. She does return to London and reconnects with the man she met on the flight to Australia. They find they have much in common but when Nigel discovers what Abigail has done, he is truly upset and Abigail returns home to Australia.
Lucinda and Joe have a good relationship. They have been married for a while but Joe’s Italian mother constantly tries to upset Lucinda and rock the boat. Lucinda’s intense interest in researching something from her mother’s past causes a rift between her and Joe. Lucinda returns to the family motel so that she can lick her wounds and decide in what direction she wants to go.
Charlie is the free spirit. She was working in Melbourne but after Christmas, when her father gets sick, she stays at the motel. Charlie and Mitch, her long-time friend, finally get together. It appears that they had a thing for each other all through the years and with Charlie deciding to stay at the motel, they decide it is time to be together.
This is a family story with romantic elements with each member of the family finding their HEA. The girls live in outback South Australia (and there were many things mentioned that are so South Australian it made me want them!) but they are able to learn and spread their wings and go out into the world thanks to their mother’s influence. She wanted them to be the best in their chosen field. It is the death of their mother that brings things into perspective for them and challenges their sense of self and what they really want for their future.
I really enjoyed reading this story.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. ARRA members who leave a comment by 14 October 2015 will go into the draw to win one of two copies of the book. (The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Cassandra S and Louise F.)