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Book Review: Seasons Collection: Season of Shadow and Light by Jenn J. McLeod - Reviewed by CloggieA (02 Jun 2015)
Season of Shadow and Light is the third book in the Seasons Collection by Australian author, Jenn J McLeod. Paige Turner is determined to go on a road trip: she needs a break from her cheating husband, needs to sort out her life, and heading to Saddleton on the strength of a tiny clue about her deceased mum seems a good idea. She will take along six-year-old Matilda, and sixty-year-old Nana Alice has reluctantly decided to go along too. But weather conspires against them, and they are detoured to, and stranded in the town of Coolabah Tree Gully.
After a night at the Billabong Hotel, they become the guests of Sharni and young son Liam at Nevaeh, a hillside property. Mati is happy to explore with Liam, and the country pace and fresh air suit Paige (and dishy pub chef Aiden is an added attraction), but Alice is cranky and eager to return home. She realises that Coolabah Tree Gully may well be the place from which Nancy, Paige’s mother (and Alice’s one true love), escaped years earlier. Could the secret Alice has promised to keep for thirty years be revealed? Yet, when her lies are threatened with exposure, it is curiosity that keeps her from fleeing.
Most of the story is told from three different points of view: Paige, Alice and Aiden each relate present day events as well as recalling the past. None of them knows all the facts, so McLeod adds a sense of mystery, planting clues for readers, throwing in the odd red herring and finally revealing the who and the what and the why. McLeod captures country NSW with consummate ease: her descriptions are evocative and her characters, familiar to anyone who has travelled over the divide. The plot has a few twists, there is humour and heartache, and the ending is realistic: “There were lessons learned about secrets and lies, trust and betrayal, family, friendship and forgiveness”. A very enjoyable read.
Jenn J. McLeod is the author of House for all Seasons.
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