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Feature book: Burning Fields

20 February 2019

Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair

Subgenre: Historical fiction
Release date: 1 Jun 2018
Publisher: MIRA HarperCollins
Format: ebook and print
Length: 311 pages
RRP: $11.99 (ebook); $29.99 (print)

Alli Sinclair has delivered another great read in Burning Fields.

The book is set in 1948 just after WWII as the world tries to go back to ‘normal’ and those who had stepped up when needed are expected to step back in line. Just like that.

In Burning Fields, we find ourselves in the middle of Rosie Stanton’s story. She’s having trouble settling back into her ‘daughter of the farm’ role after working in the Women’s Army Service.

Then her Dad gets ill and Rosie defies convention and takes on managing the farm. She has lost people to the war and the one brother left isn’t in any shape to manage the farm. There are those who don’t like it and don’t support her. The farm isn’t doing so well financially either just to add to her woes.

Enter Tomas Conti with his own demons, and who has escaped Italy to join his family in outback Australia. He wants to leave the past behind him.

Rosie and Tomas meet, and you just know their story isn’t going to be a smooth one. Anyone with a bit of knowledge of the period just after WWII knows the Italians did it tough in parts of the country as they seemed to vie for women and jobs with our own returned servicemen.

The path is a long way from smooth.

There’s antagonism, love, shame, a wronged villain and a deep, dark secret that is set to tear Rosie and Tomas apart. Throughout the whole book you want Rosie to succeed back in 1948 at something we might not think twice of a woman attempting today.

Ms Sinclair has written a book that is well-researched, wonderfully evocative of the time and wraps a number of stories and threads together in a weave you won’t want to end.

Tomas and Rosie work hard for their HEA, and a villain unwittingly helps bring everyone together and sets up a lot of nice and positive situations in the end.

I very much enjoyed Rosie and Tomas’ story.

reviewed by Sharon S

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

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