The author, Anna Romer, is a visual artist by trade, which reflects in her way of writing. She describes the Australian nature so vividly, that it's almost like you can hear the birds twittering and smell the flowers and old wood while reading. Brilliant! I'd also like to give the author special compliments for her natural sounding dialogues. It's a special talent to write dialogues that do not sound like they're made up, and Anna Romer certainly does have this talent.
The story is complex in that sense that it goes through four generations via flashbacks, letters and a diary, but it's realistic as well. This could really have happened. There's human emotions involved, as well as human actions you can understand and comprehend - and in which you can get lost. I did get lost in this beautiful novel, which took my breath when it came to its climax.
I would absolutely recommend this book to almost everyone, but most likely most of the readers will be female. The book is written by a woman and deals with the stories and feelings of women (mostly Aylish, Glenda and Audrey).
I had to hold my breath more than a couple of times, and the closer the stories came to their ending, the more exited I got - that's a great piece of climaxbuilding going on in this book. As I already noted in my review of Thornwood House, Anna Romer writes very lively and naturally sounding dialogues. Furthermore the decriptions of nature, the smell of flowers and the sounds of birds make me feel like being transferred to the Australian outback and being with the characters. Sigh. I loved this book as much as Thornwood House. I love your writing, Anna Romer. I hope many more books will follow the first two.