By El­iz­a­beth Rickards and Han­nah Hol­brook, Strate­gic Book pub­lish­ing and Rights Co

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - War­ren Brewer

THE cen­tral lo­ca­tion for this novel is the syl­van val­leys sur­round­ing the Tas­ma­nian town­ship of Water­loo, near Geeve­ston.

Few maps ac­knowl­edge its ex­is­tence. The com­mem­o­ra­tion of the Duke of Welling­ton’s his­toric vic­tory over Napoleon in the bat­tle of Water­loo in 1815, like the on­cethriv­ing vil­lage, has seem­ingly lost its rel­e­vance. But its his­tory de­scribed here, brings it to life.

Part one of the book is pre­dom­i­nantly Han­nah Hol­brook’s work. It has been in­formed by a rel­a­tive’s eye- wit­ness ac­counts and fam­ily diaries. De­spite it hav­ing been fic­tion­alised, the hard­ships, vi­o­lence, tragedies and ro­mances ring with au­then­tic­ity.

Hol­brook’s grand­daugh­ter, El­iz­a­beth Rickards, is re­spon­si­ble for part two. She achieves an in­ti­mate, hon­est, raw, even sexy di­a­logue with read­ers.

The cen­tral char­ac­ters re­volve around the Caven­der fam­ily.

El­dest son Ricky joined the Army in 1914. In France, he was among a hand­ful of sur­vivors in his reg­i­ment. He did more than sur­vive – he made a con­ver­sion to the church, fa­thered more chil­dren and re- en­listed when World War II started. This is an in­cred­u­lous story that will have wide ap­peal.

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