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on Dec. 03, 2012 :
The wild and often cruel landscape of the Australian outback is expertly captured in The land Beyond Goodbye. From the beginning of the story it is obvious that the author has an affinity with this untamed landscape and uses this knowledge to bring together a skilful and at times spiritually moving story of one woman’s gradual awakening into what is significant and meaningful in her life.
Interestingly, the story is not as it first appears, I expected a love story, but what I got was a multi layered and quite intricate narrative, which blended mystery, mysticism and complexity to really good effect. At times the quirkiness of the characterisation left me a little bit unsure, as some of the main protagonists are not easily likeable, however as the story progresses and the characters start to blend together, the story t becomes a detailed and perceptive look at human nature.
This is my first book by Barbara Scott Emmett and as I enjoyed it so much, I am sure I will be looking out for more of her work in the future.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 20, 2012 :
This book is not what it seems. I expected it to be a romance, spiced up with some vivid dialogue and great descriptions, but then it takes a more unpleasant turn, when some characters begin to show their true nature, and there are revelations about Jessica’s past and Darcy’s ending.
Around a third of the way through, however, there is a quite unexpected spiritual turn. There is some very powerful writing in these parts.
I was disappointed that Rossi didn’t come to a particularly nasty ending, but it would not have fitted the way the book turned out.
Especially recommended for those people who like to consider themselves as more spiritually aware than the average person.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)