RED DIRT by E.M. Reapy #Bookreview #Contemporary #Australia @HoZ_Books

Red DirtRed Dirt by E.M. Reapy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Red Dirt is the tale of 3 young Irish travellers who have gone to Australia to escape the Irish recession. They are full of hope, wanting experience a new better life, but reality throws obstacles in their way, temptations and causes acts of desperation.

The book opens in a back-packers hostel in Perth. Murph and Shane have failed a job interview due to their heavy drinking and drug taking, yet they continue to drink away their money. At rock bottom they agree to a job on a farm picking fruit in the outback, dragging a new fellow, Hopper with them. The drinking and drugs lead to an accident which haunts Murph for months.

The farm is rough, and life harsh. They befriend Fiona, the Irish sticking together. When tempers boil over, Murph, Shane and Fiona leave. But back in Perth Murph is restless with fear and leaves Fiona behind.

The next part of the book is Fiona’s tale, abandoned in a cheap hostel by Murph, with money running out, she sinks to an all time low. She’s so broke she’ll do anything and is taken out into the bush to house keep for a very rough family. Escaping with only the clothes she stands in, Fiona spends days alone in the bush until she finds hope in the form of a kind couple.

The third part of the book is Hopper’s tale, his own reasons for being in Australia and how he arrived at Perth, it brings the story to a full circle.

This book delves into the depths of humanity as the three characters search for answers and put some personal demons to rest. It isn’t for the faint hearted 277 F-bombs, heavy drinking and drugs abound and definitely don’t read this if you are about to send off your off-spring back-packing around the world.

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LIZZIE’S SECRET by Rosie Clarke #WW2 #WomensFiction #Bookreview #amreading @HoZ_Books

Lizzie's Secret (The Workshop Girls)Lizzie’s Secret by Rosie Clarke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My Rating 3.5 stars

Lizzie’s Secret is historical fiction set in 1939 London. It opens with a dream scene prologue, Lizzie being chased and then her waking in a hospital with no memory of her name or how she got there. We learn that Lizzie was the victim of a brutal attack when she was just fourteen.

Now twenty, Lizzie lives with her Uncle and Aunt, we meet her at a job interview for a milliner. A job Lizzie quickly excels at, she befriends Beth and the girls enjoy double dating when they go out. Soon Lizzie is making special bespoke hats for clients brought in by Sebastian Winters, a man with his own hat shop.

As Britain falls further into the grip of war the lives of Lizzie and Beth are affected as their menfolk leave for war and they are left behind to wait and deal with the consequences of life.

The war years are popular storylines and this one with a milliner theme makes it interesting. However the book wavered on using dialogue for info dumping and there wasn’t much difference in the “character voices”. The copy I received for review contained several errors in content and editing which I would like to see ironed out, then this book would be a good example of its genre.

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