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a very well written novel, performed perfectly.
excellent focus on characters that comes through as authentic, especially for the time period
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This review from my page on Goodreads. My first venture into a novel of Pamela's. (With the exception of several of her children's books) This was just a pure magical read. Loved it from start to finish. I think what I liked most about it was how the story seemed to just flow so smoothly, and how it grew to a natural climax in its journey. It turned from hearing how Ruby coped being separated from her new husband Jimmy, who had gone off to War, and her reading his frequent love letters from the war-front, to becoming action packed in seemingly a heartbeat. It was rather simplistic in its writing, however done so magnificently well. I adored seeing how Ruby changed and evolved simply due to the circumstances in which she found herself, and how her colleagues went from disbelieving and arguably suspicious of her, all because she was female, to an almost indispensable cog at her place of work as time went on. Each character played a crucial role in this story, and most, if not all, were very likeable. Pamela obviously spent quite some time researching, as it felt like I was there with Ruby, every step of the way. A rather nice little sidenote for me is that this is based from her family's history, and I think this came across in the writing of it... that said, she is one talented writer and story-teller and I'm sure all her work is as good as this! One of my top reads of 2017, if not the very top of my list and I would have no hesitation in recommending this highly to lovers of historical fiction, and those who are fans of Australian fiction.