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'Emotional, compelling' 'Compulsively readable' 'Utterly unputdownable' 'A must-read for all fiction lovers' ...
1969: Free-spirited hippie Jess James has no intention of falling for a soldier ... but perhaps some things are not in our power to stop.
1989: Jess's daughter, Jamie, dreams of a simple life - marriage, children, stability - then she meets a struggling musician and suddenly the future becomes wilder and complex.
2017: When Jamie's daughter, CJ, brings home trouble in the form of the coolest boy at school, the worlds of these three women turn upside down ... and the past returns to haunt them.
Spanning the trauma of the Vietnam War to the bright lights of Nashville, the epidemic of teenage self-harm to the tragedy of incurable illness, Love and Other Battles is the heart-wrenching story of three generations of Australian women, who learn that true love is not always where you seek it.
If you loved The Notebook, this is a novel for you.
PRAISE FOR LOVE AND OTHER BATTLES
'Emotional, compelling' Carina Bruce, Herald Sun
'A warm and affecting tale about love and family conquering all' Who Weekly
'Compulsively readable' Kate Cuthbert, Books + Publishing
'Utterly unputdownable, Love and Other Battles is equal parts heartwarming and heart-wrenching. Featuring stunningly real multilayered characters, Tess Woods weaves a bittersweet story of family secrets, epic love and heartache in this absolutely gorgeous new novel' Nicola Moriarty, author
'I loved these strong, flawed and totally relatable women. The way their decisions, past and present, hooked in the reader, is a testament to Tess Woods' writing' Melina Marchetta, author
'Tess Woods has written a timeless story of love's strength and endurance. A must-read for all fiction lovers' Cheryl Akle, Director, Better Reading
'Tess Woods has done it again with emotionally engaging Aussie fiction. Smiling with tears - five stars' Renee Conoulty, Hey Said Renee
'This is contemporary fiction at its finest and I am so grateful to Tess Woods for her bravery in writing a novel that takes readers right into the crux of current social and medical issues, things that so many of us are dealing with but keep quiet about for fear of judgment and contempt' Theresa Smith Writes
'a writer who is a clear figurehead and spokeswoman of our times' Mrs B's Book Reviews
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Book Review: Love And Other Battles: A heartbreaking, redemptive family story for ourtime by Tess Woods - Reviewed by CloggieA (17 Jun 2019)
Love and Other Battles is the third novel by Australian author, Tess Woods. It’s 1969 and, with her pacifist attitude and strong views on the Vietnam War, Jessica James isn’t expecting to fall for a nasho, a national serviceman. Frank Stone sees this peace-chanting, atheist beatnik and calls her “Flower Child”. He is indeed a soldier, proud to serve his country and soon about to be sent, in all likelihood, to Nui Dat. And he’s a Catholic to boot. But there’s just something about him…
When she turned eleven, Nirvana James-Stone announced that henceforth she would be called Jamie, and that she was no longer a vegan. She’d had quite enough of calling her hippie parents by their first names. They would be Mum and Dad from then on. So to find her (very conservative) self, at eighteen, falling in love with long-haired muso Simon Gorenski, is not at all what she’d planned.
Seventeen-year-old CJ Stone is thrilled when the class heart-throb, cool and popular Finn Maxwell singles her out to compliment her on her latest song and ask her on a date. Such a sweet guy, although he is distracting her from study. But does that even matter? CJ wants to become a Country singer, get on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, and maybe even meet her idol, Scott Gunn. And Finn is right there with her. But is he maybe pushing for intimacy a bit too far, a bit too fast?
Woods gives the reader three strong female leads who end up making not-the-best choices under pressure and then have to face the consequences. Her characters are appealing, for all their very human faults. Even if he loves her with all his heart, Frank is a bit of a chauvinist, expecting Jess to compromise on her values without reciprocating. Nor is Jess perfect: in later life, she strongly resists letting go of her life partner despite his negligible quality of life. CJ allows her insecurity and need-to-please to erode her principles, while Jamie isn’t the only one keeping an explosive secret for decades.
The plot is easily believable with some surprises to keep it interesting; it explores many topical themes including self-harm, suicide, single-parent families, and euthanasia. At the end of the story, just as the reader is quite sure they have it all figured out, Woods springs one more sneaky surprise on them. Oh, and have the tissues ready for the final pages. With this one, Woods effortlessly surpasses her previous works, and it will be interesting to see what she does next. Recommended! This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Harper Collins Australia.
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