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Matilda's Last Waltz

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Faced with the tragic deaths of both her husband and baby, Jenny is at her wit's end, with nowhere to turn. She soon learns that her husband has left for her, of all things, a sheep-station known as Churinga, in the Australian Outback. Although she thinks his final gift to her a strange one, Jenny thinks she might find solace in a trip out to Churinga. After all, what bett ...more
ebook, 448 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1999)
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Solveig
This novel - I believe it is her first - was the first I ever read by Tamara McKinley. I picked it up at the flea market, and really didn't think it would be more than a quick read. I was mistaken: it turned out to be a very enjoyable novel, with interesting plot turns.

Tamara McKinley takes us back through time, first to Matilda Thomas in the 1930s. Matilda lives in the Australian outback with her father on the sheep station Churinga - the connecting element between her story and that of Jenny,
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Lucy
I enjoyed it soooo much. I loved it so much I am afraid I can't write a review of this book.

I loved everything. Every little part, every conversation, every diary. I can't pick just one out of all these great and magnificent things.

I still don't know how did McKinley got such idea. It is so different from everything I have ever read.

And I guess this is it, because I can't go on talking al day long about how much this book surprised me in a good way. :)
Dalila.
This book was great ,but it is also a very tragic,sad story and shocking at the same time it is a story about Two women who are trying to stay strong no matter how life was cruel to them The story line is gripping and powerful The characters seem so real that both Sydney and the Outback are vividly described it will bring tears to your eyes from beginning to the end...
Paula Clark
Loved it so much I couldn't put it down. It's been a little while since I've read a Tamara McKinley book and every time I do I'm reminded why I love her stories so much. Her vivid descriptions of the Australian Outback and the harshness of life out there is just amazing - she captures everything perfectly and implants it into your imagination.

Although I had Jenny's link to Churinga pretty much pegged in the second chapter and Finn's identity worked out right from the moment they met, I thoroughl
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Zara
Ich habe das Buch nun genervt nach 200 Seiten abgebrochen. Ob es an der Übersetzung oder wirklich an der Wortwahl McKinleys liegt... ich weiß es nicht.

Das erste Mal wunderte ich mich, als hochgesteckte Haare einen Blick auf einen dünnen Hals und die sich durch die Bluse drückenden Brüste freigaben.
Dann spürte Jenny den Herzschlag eines Mannes in seinen Händen. Hä?? (als der sie mit starken Händen vom Pferd hob).
Ach ja und eine andere Dame wogte missbilligend mit ihren Brüsten. (wie sieht das
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Julie
Et bien! Ce roman m'a totalement envoûtée, je l'ai dévoré. L'auteur écrit et décrit de façon à ce que l'on ait l'impression de vivre aux côtés des personnages, on voit les paysages comme si on y était. On ressent l'atmosphère pesante de ces contrées que l'on ne connaît, en tous cas pour ma part, que très peu. On découvre la vie de ces gens au caractère fort.

Je suis passée par tout un tas d'émotions: la joie, la peur, la tristesse, la colère, le dégoût... Les histoires de Mathilda et Jenny m'ont
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Lildamek
A very engaging and enjoyable read. We begin with Jenny who is struggling with the recent loss of her husband and her son. She discovers she has inherited a working sheep station in the outback and out of curiosity she decides to travel from her beachside Sydney home and visit the station.

We meet an interesting array of characters as she adjusts to life on the station, the most interesting is in the form of diaries from the previous owner Matilda. We learn of Matilda’s struggles and successes an
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Ingrid Fasquelle
La dernière Valse de Mathilda a enthousiasmé des centaines de milliers de lectrices de par le monde. Par son atmosphère envoûtante, la force de ses personnages, cette saga australienne captivante s'inscrit dans la lignée du chef d'œuvre de Colleen McCullough, Les oiseaux se cachent pour mourir.

Mais en dépit d'une histoire poignante dont Tamara McKinley a le secret, il faut cependant reconnaître que La dernière valse de Mathilda n'égale en rien le best-seller international de Colleen McCullough.

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Dianne
Very good book recommended to me by my mother. However, it had a critical flaw that nagged at me throughout. Supposedly this young woman lost not only her husband but also her baby in an accident. However, the author rarely reveals her grief, and even then only for her husband. Almost no mention is made of how the baby’s loss affects her. It was so noticeable to me I found myself irritated with the author.
L'aura
I could not put it down! I really enjoyed the story within the story which was told in an easy straightforward manner. Looking back, the narrative was full of clues. I also was fascinated with the information about the Australian outback, as well as the customs of the native dwellers. Excellent novel. I was actually hoping there was a sequel!
Conina
When this book was recommended to me, I thought - oh, no, it's definitely not my type of reading, but the owner of the book insisted it was nothing like I have ever read. And now I totally agree with her. It's not some pink balloon of sugar life, it's about Australia and the tough life there, about women who have to live and fight for their lives all by themselves; it's about love and sacrifices; about how cruel the nature of people can be. I loved every part of this book. I loved it so much tha ...more
Shaayna
My most favourite book EVER! Have read it at least 5 times. Wish someone good would make it into a movie :o)
Sandra de koning-vd pol
Wat een prachtig, ontroerend boek! Geweldig geschreven ook, het boek blijft je verrassen...
Anne Claire
Littrature - L'ARCHIPEL (2007) - Tamara McKINLEY La Dernire valse de Mathilda - Archipoche n 23.
Dans la chaleur touffante du bush australien, Mathilda, treize ans, fait ses adieux sa mre. Quelques voisins sont rassembls autour de la tombe, pour rendre un dernier hommage cette femme courageuse. Un peu l'cart, le pre de Mathilda n'a qu'une hte : que tout cela se termine afin qu'il puisse vendre le domaine de Churinga. Mathilda, elle, comprend que les choses ne seront jamais plus comme avant...
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Jo Haff
Sous la plume de Tamara McKinley se dessinent plusieurs visages de l'Australie, celles des colons du début du siècle XX et ceux d'une nouvelle génération citadine des années 1950s.
J'ai lu cette saga de 550+ pages dans le train. J'avais envie de savoir davantage, de comprendre la malédiction, de connaître l'histoire de Mathilda, de savoir ce que Jenny, après de telles découvertes, ferait de Churinga, alors qu'il y avait des offres alléchantes pour sa vente.
À un moment, je me suis dit que c'était
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Gen
I was on vacation when I read this book, not even mine, it was my dad’s. I started the first pages on the road, it just captivated me. It’s that book that engulfs you into its world. I might describe it as “tragic” but I’m not going to say more (no spoilers !!!).

So if you like novels showcasing family genealogy surrounded by mysterious clues and discoveries. Then this book is for you. Personally I love this kind of story, thus leading me to buy other books of the same author.
Mari - loves to read
Description: For Jenny, Churinga, a remote sheep-station in the Australian Outback, is a parting gift from her husband following his tragic death. Not knowing where to turn for comfort, it seems natural to travel to Churinga. She finds a harsh, unforgiving place, but not without its own quiet beauty. Jenny's new neighbors seem reluctant to talk about the previous owner, Matilda Thomas, but Jenny becomes aware of her predecessor's lingering presence. Then she discovers Matilda's diaries and uncov ...more
aBeiLLe
Les magnifiques paysages sauvages du bush australien, les ranchs, les animaux, la nature hostile, tout pour me plaire. Pourtant… J’aurais aimé plus de consistance dans ce roman. Une belle idée de départ mais mal servie par l’auteur. J’ai trouvé que tout le roman était un prétexte à l’histoire d’amour de Jenny. Je m’attendais à mieux. C’est décevant. Les moments que j’ai le plus appréciés c’est quand nous découvrons la vie de Mathilda par la lecture de son journal. J’en ai eu les larmes aux yeux. ...more
Darlene
An entertaining 1999 romp through the Australian Outback, Thornbirds-style, as past and present co-mingle in an enflamed conclusion.
Chris
Love Love Loved this read. Reality at one of its beat. Well done Tamara.
Tania Coles
rreally enjoyed the story line
Angelique Simonsen
loved this book great story had me hooked from the first great twists and turns....would read again
Jules
Misses McKinley writes many books which take place in the Australian outback. This also includes this one. First you think that this is a trivial, fluffy love story. It is, actually but there's a quite dark secret hidden in a diary, which young Matilda wrote.
There are many moments, where I just couldn't help but yelp, because there were so shocking or surprising! Seriously, you're gonna be nearly staggered by anything in this book. Have a try. Go to the library or buy it. It's really, really goo
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Sara.
A book like this,needs a lot of time to be read.
I didn't think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. It was beatifully written and the whole story was just amazing.

I didn't expect a end like this,which made me really think this book is amazing,because it took me on a journey that I did not expect.

We could really feel the emotions of the characters,Matilda's pain,which made me feel like I was right there.
Very lovely.



Peter Wilson
I love all her books but this one is definitely the best so far.
Janelle Smith
My 87 year old grandmother read and recommended this book to me - I loved it and its one of my all time favourite books.
Michele Darouni
This book is really amazing !! I was so taken by it, I finished it in one day !! I went through a lot of emotions !! I can read it many times :D !!
Michele
I read the French version, La dernière danse de Matilda - and thoroughly enjoyed it. Captured me from the beginning and kept me glued to the story throughout.

I look forward to reading others - I have Dreamscapes from the Library, again the French version called Le chant des secrets. If Tamara's other books are as well written, I am sure to enjoy my next readings.
Nicolas
bon, on va pas le cacher c'est d'abord un livre pour filles. Mais si l'on s'attarde un peu alors on découvre un livre très bien écrit, une histoire terrible et une peinture détaillée des territoires sauvages australiens et des gigantesques exploitations terriennes. j'ai passé un bon moment à lire ce livre et je le conseille même pour les garçons.
Susan
I enjoyed this -. It is a story set in out back Australia with good characters and great descriptions of outback life.

It was a fun light and enjoyable read - think slightly along the lines of 'Thorn Birds' .
Kept me interested and was sad when it finished. It is no great literary work but a good story and an easy read.
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