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Today it’s my turn to be on the blog tour for the Fairvale Ladies Book Club. I suppose what drew me to this book was the clever use of the words “book club” in the title. Set around the late 1970’s in The Northern Territory. It was a different read to anything I’ve read before, but first here is a little about The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Australian author Sophie Green.
BOOKS BRING THEM TOGETHER – BUT FRIENDSHIP WILL TRANSFORM ALL OF THEIR LIVES.
In 1978 the Northern Territory in Australia has begun to self-govern and telephones are not yet a common fixture. Life is hard and people are isolated, but these five women find a way to connect.
Sybil, the matriarch of Fairvale Station, misses her eldest son and is looking for a distraction.
Kate, Sybil’s daughter-in-law, is thousands of miles away from home and finding it difficult to adjust to life at Fairvale.
Sallyanne, mother of three, dreams of a life far removed from the dusty town where she lives with her difficult husband.
Rita, Sybil’s oldest friend, is living far away in Alice Springs and working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
And Della, who left Texas for Australia looking for adventure and work on the land, needs some purpose in her life.
Sybil comes up with a way to give them all companionship: they all love to read, and she forms a book club. As these five women bond over their love of books, they form friendships that will last a lifetime.
Warm-hearted, comforting and richly told, this is the perfect feel-good read for book lovers everywhere.
The Fairvale ladies book club is not the smallest of reads. In fact once you get into it, it’s hard to put down as you just get so involved in the lives of the five main characters – Sybil, Kate, Sallyanne, Rita and Della and their partners. There isn’t a huge amount to do with the book club like the title suggests, but all about the friendships of the main characters. It’s a heartwarming tale with laughs, love and tears, plus harsher topics like medical emergencies, divorces and death.
You follow the lives of these strong ladies over a few years and it’s lovely to read about how their friendships grow in such isolated conditions while working on the cattle station.
My emotions were all over the place while reading this book, I suppose being pregnant doesn’t help. I have to give the Fairvale Ladies Book Club 5 out of 5 stars I have no choice!
Here is the schedule for the other blog tour hosts for the Fairvale Ladies Book Club.
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*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for the post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.