- File Size: 3313 KB
- Print Length: 302 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Choc Lit (May 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071P7KBH6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Where Rainbows End (Choc Lit): A compelling and inspiring read. Perfect book for the summer. Kindle Edition
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When Pippa met Millie and her small boy Davy in a cottage in Berrima, she knew they would become fast friends. The overseer Pippa’s father had hired was proving to be a solid investment – Robson’s knowledge and work ethic meant Pippa would trust him with her life. As the building of the stables took hold, the valley which was to be their home – their life – took on a whole new meaning to Pippa. She was determined never to have her family go through what they had in the past. And Pippa’s meeting with both the Meredith and the Ashford families gave her added strength – she had good, solid neighbours.
But trouble was afoot – a visitor from England rocked Pippa’s confidence on top of a recent tragedy which had befallen them. What was she to do? She loved her valley – it was hers and no one would tell her otherwise…
Where Rainbows End by Aussie author AnneMarie Brear is a solid, well –written historical fiction novel of early Australian life in the colonies; it depicts well the struggles of new arrivals to become established in a land that was harsh but starkly beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed Where Rainbows End and although I was somewhat shocked at the rather abrupt ending it doesn’t change my rating. Highly recommended.
A beautifully written historical novel Where Rainbows End brilliantly depicts early Australian life in the colonies through the eyes of a foreigner, and having never been to Australia myself I lived and learned through the eye of our heroine Pippa as she takes it upon herself to bear the struggles of building a new life in a beautiful, yet harsh and unknown land.
Pippa was the kind of heroine I love. Her fierce devotion to helping her family have the best new beginning, and her willingness to shoulder the burdens herself in order to achieve her dreams made her strong, likeable, and also inspiring. The relationships she forges with those around her, including the respect she earns from the workers on her land, and the others in the area will make you proud of her, as though she is someone you know yourself.
What I loved most about this novel was the perfect timing of the ultra slow-burning romance between Pippa and Gil. The novel takes place over a number of years, and the characters change so much throughout the time after overcoming some of the hardest battles, and through it, Pippa and Gil grow as friends, part and regret as love and jealousy comes to one before the other feels it, and all the while a hope grows in the reader that they will find a way to be happy together.
My only disappointment was that it ended so soon! The last chapter ends so quickly, that you turn the page hoping for more. But this is a firm 5 star read, and a fantastic book for anyone who loves heartfelt historical fiction.
Of course love is also in the picture. But even a strong woman needs romance and attention, doesn't she?
She successfully recounted the hardships faced by the new colonists while breathing life into memorable fictional characters. Strong heroines, impossible conflicts, and lovely descriptions grace each page. Anne Marie is one of my favourite authors, evoking emotion and realism into each and every one of her books. Read one of her two books, especially this one and I promise you will never be disappointed.