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This engaging and endearing story was set in the Northern Territory of Australia on a vast cattle station called Fairvale in the late 1970s. I loved so many things about this book--the narration, the writing, and especially the vibrant descriptions of Australia. The characters were strong and the dialogue was believable.
The action in the book took place over a span of three years and the start of each new year in the book had a quick overview of the dates and momentous things that occurred in history that year. It was fun to hear what was going on in the world at the time. This provided a great framework or back drop for the story being told. In addition, I particularly enjoyed how Green captured everyday life on the station, the hard work, the extreme weather and the isolation. Friendship and self-reliance were strong themes in the story.
I almost didn't buy this book because it was listed in the chick-lit category--usually something I avoid. Then I read a very positive review in the paper that had the book listed as historic fiction. In the end I'm not sure where the book fits best but I am glad that I gave it a try.
Do be aware that the book club aspect of the story isn't developed beyond the occasional mention of a title. The club was really just a storytelling vehicle for the women to gather and connect. I would have liked to have heard more about the books the characters were reading. I think it would have added depth to the story.
Recommended if you like books set in distinct locations with a strong feeling of life in the 1970s.
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Would you listen to The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club again? Why?
Rarely listen or read any book twice so no I wouldnt but thoroughly enjoyed this story.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Loved them all, they were very real characters
What does Fiona Macleod bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I never noticed the narrator I was just focused on the story, thats the sign of an excellent performance.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
No but a few times I thought I know what happens next and was pleasantly surprised to find I didnt know at all.
Any additional comments?
Good yarn with a good ending, very realistic.
Too Mills & Boon. The narrator was soo slow Could not finish the book and will be returning it.