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Home Fires by Fiona Lowe
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2019-release, aussie-authors, contemporary-fiction, arc, net-galley, 5000-2019, own-read

Eighteen months after the horrific bushfire that claimed many lives and ravaged most of the small township of Myrtle in country Victoria, inhabitants were struggling. Some buildings and homes had been rebuilt, but the town was lacking in many things. And mostly it was tourists. The money was no longer flowing in the town and Julie, who was known for her strength and determination, formed a small craft group with the intention of planning events to draw people back to Myrtle. She invited Sophie, a relatively new resident of Myrtle, along with Claire, Bec and a couple of other women to share in the ideas and brainstorming to help the town and its people.

But some of these women had secrets. Trauma and grief that hadn’t left them or their husbands and partners. On the outside they looked to be doing well. Claire was a community nurse, efficient and kind, always helpful. Bec supported her husband Adam in his building business, while Sophie had to return to work as her husband Josh had lost his job due to the bushfire. And Bec and Sophie’s children were showing signs of internal struggles.

As the two year anniversary of that devastating day drew near, cracks were appearing. Would the secrets held deep inside finally be exposed?

Home Fires by Aussie author Fiona Lowe is an outstanding novel, filled with heartbreak, grief, tragedy and a burgeoning hope. The depth of emotion the author has given the characters is breathtaking; my heart was breaking for what I knew they were going through. Bushfire is an every day part of life in Australia, and not just in the summer months. The firefighters work in the most horrendous of situations, and still manage a smile. And sometimes the bushfires rip through communities like they are not there – as happened on the 7th February 2009 in Victoria, a day known as Black Saturday when 173 people perished. In Home Fires, Fiona Lowe has captured the essence of what it means to struggle to survive above all odds. Highly recommended (and straight onto my 2019 favourites list)

With thanks to HarperCollins AU (HQ) for my ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

December 5, 2018 – Shelved
December 5, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
December 5, 2018 – Shelved as: 2019-release
December 5, 2018 – Shelved as: aussie-authors
December 5, 2018 – Shelved as: contemporary-fiction
December 5, 2018 – Shelved as: arc
December 5, 2018 – Shelved as: net-galley
February 10, 2019 – Started Reading
February 11, 2019 –
February 11, 2019 – Shelved as: 5000-2019
February 11, 2019 – Shelved as: own-read
February 11, 2019 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Susanne (new)

Susanne  Strong Nice review Brenda!

Brenda Thanks Susanne 😊

message 3: by Suzanne (new) - added it

Suzanne Onto your favourites already? Sounds like a good one. Great review, Brenda :)

Brenda Thanks Suzanne 😊

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