See you in Septem­ber

by Char­ity Nor­man, Allen & Un­win.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - RM

Cassy and her boyfriend Hamish are off on an ad­ven­ture – two months in New Zealand be­fore head­ing home to London in Septem­ber. But only Hamish makes the re­turn flight. When the pair’s re­la­tion­ship falls apart, hitch­hiker Cassy ac­cepts a lift from a van­load of friendly peo­ple who in­vite her to their home on the shores of Lake Tarawera. What she finds is “Geth­se­mane”, a self-suf­fi­cient com­mu­nity where neg­a­tiv­ity is banned and love abounds. Find­ing so­lace there, Cassy de­cides to stay. On the other side of the world her fam­ily is in­creas­ingly con­cerned – why hasn’t Cassy been in touch, why won’t she re­turn their calls? This is the fifth novel from Hawke’s Bay writer Char­ity Nor­man and like pre­vi­ous works The Son-in-Law and The Se­cret Life of Luke Liv­ing­stone, it puts her char­ac­ters in cir­cum­stances that are beyond or­di­nary yet could po­ten­tially hap­pen to any­one. Her com­pas­sion­ate ap­proach leads us to un­der­stand Cassy’s choice, while also feel­ing the heartache and des­per­a­tion felt by her fam­ily. And through it all, a sub­tly built sus­pense pre­dicts a dreaded out­come. An­other great read from this tal­ented sto­ry­teller.

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