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Cedar Valley by Holly Throsby
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Benny Miller was surprised at how much at home she felt in Cedar Valley, even as she arrived. Although she had never been there before, she felt welcomed. A friend of her recently deceased mother, Odette Fisher, had offered Benny the use of her cottage – the one her mother Vivian had lived in for a while – and Benny was looking forward to meeting Odette and getting to know the town, as well as details about her mother. Benny had left her father, the friends she had in the share house, and Sydney on this quest – it was 1993 and she felt a youthful exuberance.

Cora Franks was the owner of Cedar Valley Curios & Oldwares and although she noticed the well-dressed man sitting outside, leaning against her shop window, she was busy and soon forgot him. It also turned out that Cora was Benny’s next door neighbour and had known Benny’s mother. Both Benny and the stranger arrived in Cedar Valley on the same day, but when Benny saw him, she was sure she didn’t know him…

Cedar Valley is my first by Aussie author Holly Throsby and I found it an intriguing read, with two parallel mysteries that didn’t seem to be completely resolved. I found myself laughing aloud on occasion; enjoyed Benny’s character as she tried to learn more about her elusive mother. A good read until the last page – Cedar Valley finished with a very abrupt and unsatisfying ending. When I looked to the next page to continue reading and saw “Acknowledgements” I was astounded!

With thanks to Allen & Unwin for my uncorrected proof ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

August 29, 2018 – Shelved
August 29, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
August 29, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-release
August 29, 2018 – Shelved as: arc
August 29, 2018 – Shelved as: aussie-authors
August 29, 2018 – Shelved as: crime
August 29, 2018 – Shelved as: mystery
August 29, 2018 – Shelved as: owned-unread
August 29, 2018 – Shelved as: reviewing-by-request
August 29, 2018 – Shelved as: sent-by-publisher
August 29, 2018 – Shelved as: uncorrected-proof
January 27, 2019 – Started Reading
January 27, 2019 – Shelved as: 5000-2019
January 28, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Marianne Ah, this is one we need to discuss next month then....


Krystal I think the ending was love/hate for me lol


Brenda Marianne wrote: "Ah, this is one we need to discuss next month then...."

LOL! If you want ;)


Brenda Krystal wrote: "I think the ending was love/hate for me lol"

I can understand that :)


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