AUTHOR: FLEUR McDONALD • CATEGORY: AUSTRALIAN RURAL FICTION / DRAMA • PAGES: 352
NOTE- I received my copy of Suddenly One Summer from the good people at Allen & Unwin in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy please click here.
When Brianna Donahue was three years old, her mother mysteriously disappeared while farming in Merriwell Bay, Western Australia. Her body has never been found. Brianna works the same land with her father Russell, while almost single-handedly raising her two children as her husband Caleb works as a fly-in fly-out criminal lawyer in Perth.
One scorching summer’s morning, her son Trent goes missing and, while frantically searching for him, Brianna must come to terms with the fact that her marriage has large cracks in it.
Over two thousand kilometres away in South Australia, Detective Dave Burrows receives a phone call reporting stolen sheep from an elderly farmer. When he and his partner Jack arrive at the farm, it’s clear that Guy has early signs of dementia. Following a conversation with his wife Kim, Dave becomes intrigued with Guy’s family history. Was there a sister, or was there not? No one seems to know.
So how will Dave’s investigation impact Brianna’s world? While battling the threat of bushfires back in Merriwell Bay, Brianna is faced with challenges that test her relationships with those she loves most. Suspenseful and incendiary, Suddenly One Summer is an intriguing and heartfelt story of the unlikely connections of life on the land.
There is a reason why Fleur McDonald is the biggest name in Australian Rural Fiction. I have no idea how she comes up with her plots but they are amazing! For the life of me I was trying to figure out how Brianna’s story was related to Dave Burrows research and I thought I figured it out, but no Fleur doesn’t make it as simple as that. There was no way I could have picked the twist.
I loved both storylines equally. Brianna has some major dramas on the farm and in her love life. She is, at the crux of it, a strong female who is hard-working and determined, yet so loving. What more could you ask for in a protagonist?!
Dave the detective! Now I wasn’t sure that I would get into his story as much as Briannas’ but in the end I think I like Dave more! Watching (or reading rather) the mystery unfold to me was the highlight of the book. I love a good mystery. I can’t wait to read Fools Gold next year which follows Dave Burrows on another detective adventure.
Brilliance from Fleur McDonald again, but really what else would you expect.
Overall Rating: ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼ 4.5/5 teacups
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