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THE LAND BEYOND GOODBYE [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Scott Emmett
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Book Description

1987. The morning after the Great Storm. A letter drops through the door of Jess Whitelaw's London flat and sets her on a journey through the Australian Outback and her own damaged psyche.

In the heat and dust of the Northern Territory, Jess’s protective armour is chipped away as painful truths are revealed. Tension builds like thunderheads heralding the start of the Wet.

Will Jess be able to come to terms with the guilt she feels? Will she ever learn that the past is not so terrifying when looked at the right way?

AWESOME INDIES APPROVED Best Metaphysical Fiction/Best Women's Fiction


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From the Author

If you enjoyed the stories in DROWNING - Four Short Stories, you may enjoy my novel as well. It would be great to have some feedback from you.

About the Author

I write novels and short stories.
My collection DROWNING - Four Short Stories (including two prizewinning stories) is available free.
My novel DON'T LOOK DOWN, a thriller set in Germany, is currently beging prepared for ebook.
I'm working on a novel set in France now, which will probably be ready next year (2012).

Product Details

  • File Size: 2027 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pentalpha Publishing Edinburgh (November 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057X66OE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,288 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected. March 20, 2012
By Marj
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is not what it seems. I expected it to be a romance, spiced up with some vivid dialogue and great descriptions, but then it takes a more unpleasant turn, when some characters begin to show their true nature, and there are revelations about Jessica's past and Darcy's ending.
Around a third of the way through, however, there is a quite unexpected spiritual turn. There is some very powerful writing in these parts.
I was disappointed that Rossi didn't come to a particularly nasty ending, but it would not have fitted the way the book turned out.

Especially recommended for those people who like to consider themselves as more spiritually aware than the average person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful experience August 5, 2011
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What a rich tapestry, what a great read! A young woman returned to Australia's Outback, facing the tribulations of that demanding environment, and at the same time trying to find herself. Emmett is such a talented author, sensitive, perceptive and writes with such love about this country. I recommend this book highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it .. December 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The wild and often cruel landscape of the Australian outback is expertly captured in The land Beyond Goodbye. From the beginning of the story it is obvious that the author has an affinity with this untamed landscape and uses this knowledge to bring together a skilful and at times spiritually moving story of one woman's gradual awakening into what is significant and meaningful in her life.
Interestingly, the story is not as it first appears, I expected a love story, but what I got was a multi layered and quite intricate narrative, which blended mystery, mysticism and complexity to really good effect. At times the quirkiness of the characterisation left me a little bit unsure, as some of the main protagonists are not easily likeable, however as the story progresses and the characters start to blend together, the story then becomes a detailed and perceptive look at human nature.

This is my first book by Barbara Scott Emmett and as I enjoyed it so much I am sure I will be looking out for more of her work in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A spiritually haunting read May 16, 2012
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As an Australian living away from home for twenty years, Land Beyond Goodbye was like a nostalgic trip home for me. From the way the author captures the essence of the barren, unfriendly, though exotic outback, and her use of Aussie jargon, I knew she had to have been there. As the tension built, I became engrossed in Jess's story into this foreign land, and the heroine's perception of herself as she faces up to some harsh truths. A delightfully spiritual journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gush worthy: Best novel I've read in years August 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Some books you know are going to be gold seal worthy from very early on, and this was the best metaphysical fiction I've ever read. The standard of the prose was excellent, (something for me as a writer to aspire to,) but more than that, the words had insight; they took you somewhere special - outback Australia. True, the physical setting is special, but not only does The Land Beyond Goodbye take you to the weather beaten back blocks of the Northern Territory, it also takes you into the land's soul, ushered in by the aboriginal magic woman, Rose. One of my favourite lines from Rose is ...

White fellah! Always thinkin' stuff.

The Land Beyond Goodbye is about an English girl (pommie in Aussie lingo) who, as a young woman, spent some time working in an outback pub. Eighteen years have passed since she left and returned to London, but the death of an old friend has called her back. Darcy has left his place to her and she has no idea why? Or does she?

Her return brings back memories, particularly of the men, one in particular. She wonders if he is still around, if they could have had a life together if things had been different. She soon discovers that he's around, but his life has fallen apart. He killed a man, an accident, of course, a punch up gone wrong, but her old flame, Jamie, spent time inside for manslaughter, and he'd started the fight to protect Jess's honour. After he came out, he hit the booze big time, threw his life away, they say.

Jess has to go to Darcy's place to fix up the legalities. Joey worked for Darcy his whole life, but all he gets of the fortune is the house Darcy built for Joey and his wife Sherry. Sherry doesn't try to hide her hostility and after an argument, Jess, an emotional mess, drives into the bush.
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