Although high profile missing persons cases may capture public attention to begin with, inevitably over time we forget as we get on with our own lives. Yet for those who are left behind when a loved one simply disappears, life is never the same again. Although they may realistically accept that the missing person is probably dead, there is always a small morsel of hope that they may reappear again some day.
It is just another normal day when Skye meets Ben. A teacher at the primary school she is completing a special art project at Skye knows she has never met Ben before, but it is obvious pretty much immediately that there is an extremely powerful attraction between them. Skye tries to ignore it at first - after all she is already in a happy relationship - but she soon realises this attraction is like nothing she has ever experienced before and she is powerless to fight it. As far as she is concerned Ben is her destiny, the once in a lifetime kind of love many never experience.
Skye's mother is supportive of her choice (even though she liked her daughters ex Hamish) and welcomes Ben into the family. But there is something about him that concerns her....and after a little more digging she uncovers a shocking, life changing secret that she cannot hold back from Skye. Skye is disbelieving at first, but when presented with solid evidence she knows her life can never be the same again.
As the sequel to The Bark Cutters, this book develops more of the complex characters, in particular Sarah who is having difficulty accepting her passion and love for the family cattle station, Wangallon. Her love for Anthony becomes overshadowed by the terms of her grandfathers Will and her discovery of a half brother in Scotland who wants his inheritance. The story is well crafted with many twists and turns but moves at a slow pace until the conclusion. The characters are all somewhat shallow and this made it difficult to empathise with anyone. However, in the tradition of a fine family saga, all turns out well in the end with a fitting conclusion.
This is a fascinating if somewhat slow story of two strong characters in Australia’s bush history. The past and present are interwoven in the family saga of the Gordon family. Beginning with the painful story of Scottish, Hamish Gordon, who immigrated to Australia in the 1850s to the life of his great-granddaughter Sarah, on their family property, Wangallon, in the magical bush of north eastern New South Wales. The growing up of Sarah is the focus of this saga and the influence of her Grand-father, Angus is strongest on Sarah. She adores her older brother Cameron who is the apple of his dysfunctional parents’ eyes. The story is further enhanced by the arrival of Anthony, an excellent jackeroo of Cameron’s age and Sarah now has two heroes to worship. This is an accurate and fascinating tale of the love of the land and the obsession of dynasty which will fracture a family and yet build and strengthen the love of two young people. A good read worthy of 4 Stars.