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Ten years on and Willow still fondly recalled Tom, but always with a side of grief and guilt for the friendship lost. Tom had sent many letters to her in her first year, but after the first two Willow hadn’t read any more of them – and they had stopped. Then when Beth, Willow’s sister, called to say their father was in hospital after a heart attack, she packed up everything and headed back to Paterson Downs. Barry Paterson wanted Willow to take over the running of the station so he could retire and retain his health…
Willow’s vision of a sustainable, organic cattle station had been a long time dream for both Paterson Downs and the Forrest station, but she was delighted to hear Tom was already there with his dream. But when she finally met up with him, the vast distance between them; the coldness of Tom’s greeting, was obvious to all. Willow was shocked – she had no idea what the ten year gap had done to Tom. Needing his help with her ideas for the station was proving too difficult – her thoughts were in turmoil; her confusion great. Was it time to read his letters? And what would she find if she did?
Dear Banjo by Aussie author Sasha Wasley is an emotional story of growth; of overcoming your fears and not shutting people out. The author has two fantastic characters in Banjo and Tom, and the many side characters play their parts well. There was only one character I didn’t like – and he wasn’t meant to be liked! Dear Banjo isn’t what I thought it would be – the cover is deceptive – and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended.
Grab this book, take it to the beach, you will fall in love with these characters and this story!!
Dear Banjo is a truly amazing story about two best friends, Willow (Banjo) Paterson and Tom Forrest. Banjo and Tom both grew up on neighboring farms in Kimberley Australia and created a friendship bond that Banjo never wants to lose. These two young people want the same things in life. To go to university, learn all about organic beef operations and then take over the operation on each of their respective farms. But one night, when they were 18 years old, Tom does something he vowed he would never do. He broke the “Pact.” (And that’s all the information you’re getting out of me. You’ll have to read to find out what Pact and how the story unfolds.)
I can’t even find the words to tell you how much I truly enjoyed this story. The writing was beautiful, the characters we all amazing, and the ups and downs in this story will leave you breathless. I became a big fan of Sasha Wasley while reading her Young Adult books but out of all her books, Dear Banjo is now my favorite. This is the kind of book I will not hesitate to pull out and re-read again and again.
I read well into the early hours of the morning and as soon as I woke up, ignored all the work I had to do and powered through to the end.
Let's start with the setting. The landscapes were completely mesmerising. I hate the heat and yet I found myself yearning to be amongst the red dust and Kimberley canyons. I've never set foot on a farm but this book made me feel like I'd lived there my whole life.
This entire story revolves around the concept of humane and sustainable farming and that's a subject that should be talked about more often. It's sad that most people have no idea how our food reaches our plate and this book shows us the first steps into a better future in a way that's interesting and never forceful.
The characters, oh the characters! Banjo's drive and dedication was inspiring throughout the whole story. When it comes to love she's flawed but that only made her feel more real to me and her awareness of those faults made it impossible to hold it against her.
And Tom is the ultimate nice guy, who always does the right thing and never loses his cool and yet rather than that making him dull he's even more lovable.
I'd give this book more than 5 stars if that was an option!