Title: Suddenly one Summer
Author: Fleur McDonald
Publishing: October 2017 by Allen & Unwin
Source: Received from Publisher
Genre: Mystery; Australian; Romance
Synopsis: When Brianna Donahue was three years old, her mother mysteriously disappeared while farming in Merriwell Bay, Western Australia. Committed to the family’s farm, Brianna works the same land with her father, while raising her two children as her husband works as a fly-in fly-out 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
Burrows receives a phone call reporting stolen sheep from an elderly farmer. It becomes clear that Guy has early signs of dementia and Dave becomes intrigued with his family history. Was there a child, or was there not? No one seems to know.
While trying to save her marriage and battling the threat of bushfires back in Merriwell Bay, Brianna is faced with challenges: her father’s new girlfriend, who on the surface seems pleasant, seems to have a hidden agenda; Trent is having nightmares, triggered by his accident; and Beau, her youngest, is afraid to let her out of his sight.
So how will Dave’s investigation impact Brianna’s world?
Suspenseful and incendiary, Suddenly One Summer is an intriguing and heartfelt story of the unlikely connections of life on the land.
I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or review in any way.
Suddenly one Summer follows two groups of characters, Brianna and her family on their farm in Western Australia, and a detective in South Australia. The entire time there is something linking these two groups, but it is not until the last few chapters that things begin to fall into place and it all makes sense.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The fact that is by an Australian author and based in country Western Australia (where I am from) as well as South Australia, makes it easier to relate to the characters.
This book was very cleverly written, and I enjoyed each separate story and was kept interested in finding out how they connected, throughout the entire book.
The writing style of this book is fantastic. I found it really easy to follow and it didn’t get slow or boring at any point. I didn’t find myself wishing for the point to be made, it just went at a good pace the entire time.
The way in which the stories intertwined towards the end of the book I thought was really well done. I didn’t see the connection coming until it was right there happening, which was great. I hate predicting the ending and then being a bit bored with the outcome – this was not the case for Suddenly one Summer!
I haven’t read any others by Fleur McDonald, but I will be picking up more when I find them that is for sure!
I would like to say thank you to Allen and Unwin Publishers for sending me a copy of this book, I really loved it!
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