- File Size: 1319 KB
- Print Length: 120 pages
- Publisher: Dreaming Billabong Books (November 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 5, 2016
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y3HWLNM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Billabong Ghost (The Stolen Years) Kindle Edition
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The family line, however, is not as simple as it seems at first glance. Others in the family have had children with the native aborigines of Australia, some recognized and some not. Alan remembers the events 1882, but also is living in 1945. Harry is 6 years old in 1945 , and knows bits of the events of 1882, from things he had heard in the family, but is being influenced by what Charlotte is telling him, as she lived it, and was the central focus of what happened.
With that understanding of the people and the relationships, the story is told from Alan's memories and Harry/Charlotte's views going back and forth from 1882 to 1945.
This isn't a spoiler, but background information to keep clear who is who, age relevancy, and a basic understanding of events.
Ryn Shell has a beautiful writing style that is easy to read, imaginative descriptive talent, and conversational style. It is easy to see she has paid attention to people of all sorts and has made a careful study of human nature. The beauty of her writing is her ability to put observations of people and events in few words to convey the intricate relationships that formed them, as well as, the results.
There is a lot to think about in this book, but to voice it here might influence what you, a potential reader, may think or seek to find in reading this book. I don't want to be that influence; I want you to make your decisions during, and after reading, to come to your own conclusions. I loved this book and intend to read the next one. I learned, was forced to think of parallels, and was pushed to think hard about what I was reading, as it was hard at times to think about certain things revealed.
I recommend this book without any reservations and think many more will join me in that action. A superb read!
I loved the Australian setting and language, and used the back glossary for better comprehension this unique ghost story – or folklore, if you would. Shell did a great job developing memorable characters, and especially letting readers into the mind of Charlotte (the Billabong Ghost). Wowza, her past events blew me away. Author Shell covers matters of mixed race, illicit affairs, and tragedy with a deft hand as she intertwines components of history, mythology, and the paranormal into a beautifully tragic tale of love.
I had to pay close attention to everything and everyone to keep facts straight in my mind (while referencing slang terms), but found Shell’s vividly depicted landscapes, totally relaxing. I wanted to be there (in the Blue Mountains, maybe?) riding horses and learning more about Aboriginal tribesman.
I sense the passion emanating from this author’s words are from a source close to her heart, and possibly family members who gave firsthand accounts of this dark history. It just felt too real to be ALL fiction. Shell seems to be an expert on the Australian outback, and I appreciated her allowing history to shine through in such a way, I learned new things. Warning: Reading book 1 will only make you reach for book 2. Superbly done!
I really enjoyed this book and my only wish would be that there would have been more written following the wreck of the Admella. Of all Shell's characters I definitely found Jane and Douglas the most compelling. The book has some blackish humour and is an absolutely wonderful read. I hope Shell considers doing the same with other books in this series.
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With the most articulate prose, Ryn Shell traverses time as she weaves a story about a...Read more
It is a rather interesting story just not to my taste.