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Cassie Callinan, dutiful corporate wife, collects what she can from life’s ashes left her by her betraying husband and flees with them to a seaside fishing village. Rather than escaping, however, she finds herself engaged by the eccentricities, peculiarities, loyalties, secrets, and love to be embraced within small-town life. Mary Louise-Walker’s soft tones and vocal hesitations perfectly dramatize the quiet desperation of a woman forced, at age 54, to take the surprising and, ultimately, inspiring and fulfilling journey of self-discovery she had spent her whole life fearing.
Cassie Callinan is a dutiful corporate wife, carefully preserving the safety of the status quo and her husband's camellias. When she learns she has lost her husband to a younger woman, she panics. Who is she without the familiar props of her marriage? Fleeing her own life, Cassie finds herself among the eccentric inhabitants of Shearwater, an isolated coastal village. Against her will, she is gradually drawn into the life of the town with all its dramas, joy and secrets, and begins to discover who she really is. A delicious story of self-discovery that illuminates life's infinite possibilities; a story of love, hope and human frailty that will make you laugh and cry.
©2007 Andrea Mayes (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
"Shearwater is a gently twisted tale with a creepy undercurrent. A satisfying read." ( Sun Herald)