By Jill Smith © October 2006
Author: Robyn Lee Burrowshttp://www.robynleeburrows.com
Publisher: Woman’s Day Fiction ACP Publishing
This is a delightful story set in the steamy Australian wheat fields in Western Australia. Gemma returns to the country town she grew up in to bury her father Grady. Connie her aunt is in hospital and from that bed tells her niece a story about her mother Meg and a country singer named Declan.
The humidity and heat of the place is palpable and the relationship quickly developed equally steamy. Grady is the local mechanic who has a trip away leaving Meg to her books and imagination, something he derides. Declan and Meg meet when the country singer seeks a mechanic to repair his travel worn ute. He is running away from heartbreak into country towns to lose his sense of self. Meg writes poetry in secret and feels alone and unable to escape the small town and her childhood sweetheart marriage that has become cold and lacking intimacy. In just a few days Meg finds her life turned around by love and Declan finds that he is able to love again.
This should have been the start of a whole new chapter in both their lives but Connie relates to Gemma how she kept the truth from everyone in the town, even her niece. Gemma discovers the reason her parents rarely spoke and that her own unwillingness to commit to her boyfriend Greg when he asked her to marry him. Grady died and she left to return to her hometown with the notion dangling unanswered. The tale her aunt tells clears her mind of any fears and indecision and where Greg stands in her own life.
Robyn is an accomplished internationally successful author and inspiration to all our members. I loved the way it was written with the recollections becoming a flashback to the tragic events. As always with Robyn’s work I found myself drawn into the feelings evoked and rushed to turn each page to see how it might end. If you’ve not read any of Robyn’s book this would be a good place to start then follow up with ‘When Hope is Strong’, ‘Song from the Heart’, ‘Where the River Ends’, ‘When Wattles Bloom’ or ‘Tea Tree Passage.’ You will join many others locally, nationally and internationally who have enjoyed the journey.