Publisher: Tinder Press, August 13th 2015 (hardback edition)
Source: Review copy from publisher
Cambridge 1963. Charlotte struggles to reconnect with the woman she was before children, and to find the time and energy to paint. Her husband, Henry, cannot face the thought of another English winter. A brochure slipped through the letterbox gives him the answer: 'Australia brings out the best in you'.
Charlotte is too worn out to resist, and before she knows it is travelling to the other side of the world. But on their arrival in Perth, the southern sun shines a harsh light on both Henry and Charlotte and slowly reveals that their new life is not the answer either was hoping for. Charlotte is left wondering if there is anywhere she belongs, and how far she'll go to find her way home...
This novel made for compelling reading, in spite of the fact that there is little action. It's a simple story that makes for easy reading.
I found Charlotte to be a likeable and believable character, and felt great sympathy for her.
I didn't like Henry, but I guess we have all met men like him!
The story is so true to life with all its complexities and difficult decisions.
Thanks to the team at Tinder Press for sending me a review copy.