Reviewed by Lilia, Berkelouw Paddington
I love this book from its first page to its final sentence. Ringland submerges readers into the Australian landscape and Alice Hart’s story from the very beginning. You feel the red earth beneath your feet, the sea breeze across your face and the soft petals of wildflowers between your fingers. It’s an Australian Classic in the making.
It’s eloquently written, real and raw, Ringland sparing no hesitation to grapple with the impact of trauma and domestic violence upon a person. Alice Hart is a character traumatised by a past that haunts her and a life built upon secrets where the answers remain unspoken. Her endurance and drive in the face of traumatic experiences that seem to have no end for Alice Hart, speak to Ringland’s creation of an unquestionably real character.
Since reading this book, not a day has passed that I have not considered or reflected on Ringland’s words and sentiment. It is truly a compelling book that everyone should experience.