|I won this book in a Goodreads “First Reads” Give-away.
Silver Clouds is the first book I have read by Australian author Fleur McDonald and it will not be my last. Everything about this book was enjoyable, being Australian myself I felt a very strong connection with the characters. Whilst I have never visited the outback I know what hardships face these people and it takes a special kind of person to live there. This story actually made me feel ashamed to have not read more books by Australian authors, I will definitely seek out more of them from now on if Fleur’s writing is anything to go by then I am missing out on a lot by, by-passing these authors.
Tessa returns to her home in the Australian outback for her Auntie Spider’s funeral, but the home coming for her is tormenting not only because of the death of her much loved aunt but the ghosts of the past that still haunted her even as far away as London. She leaves London in scandal and finds that her troubles do not stop when she gets home. Her questionable choices also continue when she gets together with Brendan McKenzie, the outback’s bad boy. Harrison the widower with a daughter could be the steadying influence that Tessa needs but will she let him in or will she continue on her path of self destruction. Her choice to leave Danjar Plains is changed when her auntie’s mysterious friend Elsie leaves a letter for her from her auntie telling her that is left to Tessa to clean out her house and her family is not what it seems and that there are mysteries to be solved. She finds clues that make her question everything even who she is. Can she fight the demons of her past and present, will this search to uncover her family’s past help her heal herself and give her hope for the future?
The story flowed beautifully, the thing that sold me on Silver Clouds was the style that the book was written in, I love the inclusion of diary entries and letters. Books written like this always catch my eye as it seems to me to let you into a characters life with more depth. Another great selling point of this book is the large print, many books now days have smaller print which makes reading for many difficult. There are so many other things I could say about this book it to me is the complete package, love, loss, mystery and beautiful settings make this the complete package.
I would recommend Silver Clouds to everyone that loves to read no matter what their favourite genre may be, if you miss reading this book then you will miss reading one fantastic story.