- File Size: 1945 KB
- Print Length: 180 pages
- Publisher: Dreaming Billabong Books (November 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 5, 2016
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y3NFBRF
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Billabong Land (The Stolen Years) Kindle Edition
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Shell weaves a magnificent Australian epic in this series as romance meets violence and the reality of the wild and unforgiving lands holds crimes brewing for centuries. I look forward to traveling with Shell further as the beauty of the landscape breaks into disputes over land and harsh attitudes regarding cultural, racial, and social differences. Ryn Shell digs deep in this book as well as the previous novels, and always leaves me ravenous for more of the series' distinct and lyrical beauty. Fans of historical fiction and suspense will enjoy Shell's work--highly recommended.
Pebbles, like the others in the series, is a historical novel that doesn't shy away from revealing the uglier sides of Australian history. It’s the story of Emily, the descendant of Scottish settlers who has inherited formerly Aboriginal lands, and Jarrah, a teenager of Aboriginal descent who is about to embark on his initiation rites in the outback. When the 2 young people first meet they seem to have very little in common and very little connecting them, but as the relationship evolves they discover commonality in their love for the place they’re both from and to the Dreaming Billabong. Fife Springs, the country town the story is set in, provides the backdrop for romance and intrigue and crime as well as racism and the dominance of whites in 1950s Australia. It’s a story of coming of age in another time and place, but so well written (with the Australian settings so perfectly and lovingly described) that you are immediately involved with these characters and want to know more. Luckily I have several more Dreaming Billabong books to go!
Largely, owing to the above, I found my emotions more at the surface than they usually are when I read, and I found the book deeply engaging.
If I have a nitpick with this title, it’s that I’d have handled the chapter one differently, breaking it off as R. R. Martin does his clan syllabuses to help people know the various family lineages. She could have chosen to do this at the beginning of the book (whereas Martin usually does it at the end), but I wouldn’t have put it as the chapter one, as that’s misleading. The story actually starts with chapter 2. So, depending on the type of reader you are, consider starting there.
But the rest is sheer fun.
My one critique is that this book, unlike the previous four, dragged a bit. While the prose was rich and beautiful to experience, I felt that less happened in this installment than the others, although the length was the same. There were certain moments when I felt a bit distracted or taken away from the story because it wasn't smoothly flowing along. That being said, it was still a very enjoyable read and should definitely be on your reading list. Now....on to Billabong #6....
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