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Book Review: Wild Lands by Nicole Alexander - Reviewed by Ronnie293 (27 Apr 2017)
Wild Lands tells not only the story of the white settlers and their hardships but also of the trials and adjustments the aboriginals had forced upon them by this new settlement. I liked that Nicole Alexander didn’t take sides in the settlers verse aboriginals debate. The story is told with truth, there were good and bad on both sides. We get to see how hard it was for the aboriginals with their land taken from them but also the hardships, and I never imagined just how hard it was, of the settlers that came to Australia, unknowing, to start a new life.
I was a bit torn with this novel as I easily connected with Kate’s character. We hear from her from a young age. How hard her life is after her father died. How much she thinks of him and misses him. Even as a young girl she pushes boundaries. However with Adam we hear his mother’s voice and her hardships. The next time we are back with Adam he is a grown man. There is a big gap and some of it is filled in with back story but I couldn’t connect with his character until quite late in the book.
” Every woman wishes for marriage, Kate. We have three stages in our lives: daughter, wife and mother. There is nothing else to aspire to.” - Mrs Kable.
Kate grows to be a feisty young woman and her outspokenness is not appreciated by most men and woman alike. Thankfully we had women like Kate in our history. She would not compromise herself and she would not settle for mediocre.
Wild Lands is a very well researched novel that I would recommend to anyone interested in early Australian history.
A fourth-generation grazier, Nicole returned to her family's property in the early 1990s. She is currently the business manager there. Nicole has a Master of Letters in creative writing and her novels, poetry, travel and genealogy articles have been published in Australia, Germany, America and Singapore. She is the author of six novels- The Bark Cutters, A Changing Land, Absolution Creek, Sunset Ridge, The Great Plains and Wild Lands.
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