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Heart's Promise by Jeanette Hornby
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Feb 05, 2012

really liked it

This is a deceptively gentle book that takes you on that old, familiar roller-coaster ride of adolescent love.
Set in Australia in the early seventies, this is a story of a small community, family discord, religious and racial prejudices, friendship and loyalty; and children struggling to find their own identity in the see-saw of adult relationships. The novel skilfully portrays Milly, a young girl on the brink of sexual awareness and adult emotions; her conflicting feelings, her first kiss, the tumult of jealousy and betrayal, the reality of loss and grief.
What I liked about this book was the quiet, easy style of writing, cleverly introducing the more serious underlying issues of class, dysfunctional families, and the dangers faced when growing up – all within the framework of ordinary life. At the end of the book, I was loath to leave Milly and Flynn, they had built so strongly in my mind. This is a story for young and old, universal in appeal. A real trip down memory lane
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