Dear Fran, Love Dulcie: Life and Death in the Hills and Hollows of Bygone Australia Paperback – July 5, 2021
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- ASIN : B098PRVQLK
- Publisher : Independently published (July 5, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 248 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8510276589
- Item Weight : 15.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.62 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,249,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The letters lasted from 1957-1981 and Fran kept her letters from Dulcie over the years. She decided to send them to Author Victoria Tweed who has a small publishing company and thus, the book, Dear Fran, Love Dulcie was borne. Tweed and her husband interpreted and edited Fran’s letters, so the reader gets to see Dulcie’s life on a farm in Australia.
Dulcie’s parents had raised her to do both women and men’s work and we see her working the farmland and still holding down the household chores in the 100-degree weather. We see she and her husband, Len doing backbreaking work, day in and day out. Dulcie had many heartbreaking losses along the way, but she never lost her ability to find some humor and small forms of entertainment such as family gatherings, piano playing and certainly detailed letter-writing to an American woman that never meets in person.
Though there are only letters from Dulcie, we do get glimpses into Fran’s family life from some of Dulcie’s responses. They kindle a strong bond and hold hands during many historical events such as the advent of the television, political elections, and major world events such as Mt. St. Helens’ eruption.
Then, the letters stop coming and Fran believes that Dulcie has passed on from a final message she has received. But one must pick up this book to get the biggest shocker of all and see where the 2021 research leads the reader. Get your copy of Dear Fran, Love Dulcie by Virginia Tweed and be prepared for a real adventure on the backroads of Queensland, Australia!
This is the second book that I finished within a week that just left me dumbfounded. Both excellent authors. This is definitely a must read because you will be absolutely astonished at the end.
Top reviews from other countries
Tells of a pen friend relationship between two girls, Fran and Dulcie, who lived in the USA and Australia. How wonderful that the letters had been kept. There is so much downsizing and decluttering nowadays that many people would just chuck out such treasures as these.
Fran is now 85, and, having read Victoria's 'Two Old Fools Down Under', she had asked Victoria to publish the wonderful stories the letters tell. These weren't school-age penfriends, Fran had been 21, and married with a child when she started corresponding with Dulcie. This is so well done, and a real treat and privilege to read about these ladies' lives.
It tells of laughter and tears, ups and downs; life. History, popular songs and singers of the time are mentioned, so you really get a feel of the times. It really got to my emotions; happy, nostalgic feelings, and sadness at the bad times they face.
Such an exciting opportunity to publish these precious letters. And Victoria Twead has certainly done an excellent job presenting them to us.
A fascinating book. To think all this came from just a penfriend set-up. And the ladies didn't just let it slide, they kept in contact, they shared their experiences, hardships and joys, over many years.
There are no words that can do this justice. Read it. Experience it. Something very special. Stunning. I usually start a new book as soon as I finish one. I couldn’t with this-I just had to sit and think for a bit, it was too important to just gloss past.
A unique piece of history. More than just a book. Something very special and utterly memorable.
I've never read anything like this before. A stand-out book which I’ll never forget.
She was practical, stoic and accepting of all that life and nature threw at her. However, despite the harshness of her life, she took an interest in current affairs and I enjoyed reading her comments on fashion, music and even her advice to Fran. Thanks to her pen pal Fran for keeping Dulcie’s letters and recognising their importance. Thanks to Victoria Twead for her painstaking work in transcribing the letters and publishing this book. I defy anyone to read this and not be moved. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Thank you to the families for sharing the letters and to Victoria for putting them together with such respect. I will be thinking of Fran and Dulcie for a long time to come.