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Hopetoun Wives

3.13  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
At the giddy height of a resources boom, a mine opens in tiny outback Hopetoun, Western Australia. This remove and beautiful place will change forever, uniting three very different women with its promise of new beginnings.

City slicker Jasmine has moved west reluctantly, to save her marriage. Miranda, the mine-manager's wife, is fighting to be her own woman - even if it mea
337 pages
Published May 4th 2009 by Michael Joseph
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Jun 03, 2014 Margi rated it it was ok
I really love reading Aussie novels especially when they are about places I haven't been to or know much about, so kept reading this book in the hope that I would love this, but it didn't talk to me at all. I have read many books which involved several characters'lives being involved and able to follow, get to know, watch the characters develop and enjoy how their story intertwines. This book was very disjointed and didn't manage to do this very well at all. I felt it lacked depth and descriptio ...more
Helen McKenna
The tiny town of Hopetoun in Western Australia has been transformed from a sleepy coastal village to a booming mining town. New housing estates are being built at a rate of knots and families are pouring into the area. Amidst all these new arrivals are three women - Jasmine, Miranda and Brigid. Jasmine is there reluctantly - she cheated on her husband and is now willing to do anything to make it up. Miranda is the mine managers wife and is happy to be back in Australia after living overseas for ...more
Rebecca Brown
Sep 03, 2015 Rebecca Brown rated it did not like it
Nothing really happens until page 300 and then it's over in 15 pages. Don't waste your time reading this one. The social questions raised are not explored at all, just glazed over. Mundane and not substantial at all.
Sep 14, 2010 Cass rated it it was ok
This started out really well, creating good characters that I wanted to read more about. However the story ends rather suddenly, without really delving into the issues that each character is dealing with.

An acceptable read, but had the potential to be a lot better.
May 25, 2010 Kari rated it liked it
An average book that ended a bit strangely I thought, without really dealing with the issues the women faced in the book. I thought there could have been more character development.
Jun 15, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are really well developed and the author really shows what it is like in a mining town. The story really drew me in.
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