I am a Canadian born Aussie, having emigrated with my wife to North Queensland in 1975. Since then, we've raised a son and have both been working in the state high school system. My areas have been English, History and Geography while hers has been Science. I write because I'm hooked on the music of words. I also sculpt, in wood and stone, because things that can be made with, and held in, the hands are good for the soul.
on Feb. 05, 2014 :
Sadly, there are few authors today who can turn out such interesting, descriptive, evocative, & humorous phrases.
I like the story's blend of mystery, history, family, & a delicious dollop of magic. I found it engaging & interesting, with characters very worthy of a sequel or two. Mr Nicholls has clearly put significant effort into getting the period facts & feel just right ... well done !!
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
on Sep. 11, 2013 :
If you love descriptive wordplay this is the book for you. The author is obviously a master of the language and has a sly sense of humour. An engaging story. Loved it.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on June 13, 2013 :
A complex plot with an historical basis that makes you want to keep reading. The characters are well developed and interesting. Perhaps the ending is a little too drawn out but otherwise this comes greatly recommended, especially for those keen on historical dramas.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on March 14, 2013 :
Plot captured my interest and held it throughout the book. Would highly recommend this.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)