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I was born in England, and lived most of my life in Australia before returning to the UK a few years ago; my dual nationality means that I am often a bit too cheeky, but will always apologise for it.
I have been writing fiction for over thirty years, mostly for the enjoyment of myself and my friends, but writing is my love and my vocation so of course that’s where my dreams and ambitions are.
In the meantime, technical writing helps to pay the mortgage, while I also have fun with web design, photography, reading, watching movies and television, knitting, and imbibing espresso.
on June 11, 2017 :
An enjoyable story with engaging characters. I really liked that Nicholas' conviction of finding the butterflies from reading a vague account written years before, gave him the impetus to travel half way around the world to find them. It gave me butterflies when he did! I also like the idea of looking for something without wanting to find it!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on Sep. 19, 2013 :
I was totally charmed by this book, with its beautiful language and imagery, great characters, and the backdrop of the Australian bush. There were so many wonderful, touching, or humorous lines that if I highlighted my favorites, half the book would be highlighted.
One of the themes in the story was that sometimes the best way to find something is to not look for it so hard and let it just happen. But later in the story, when Dave tried to use this idea to find his way back to Nicholas and the camp, he discovered that Nicholas had become so important to him that Dave could not NOT want to find him. A lovely scene, especially as Nicholas comforted Dave after his bit of a scare.
When Nicholas first saw the butterflies, I got tears in my eyes it was so magical. But this same feeling occurred when Dave watched Nicholas, for to Dave, Nicholas was just as beautiful and magical, especially with all of Nicholas' various smiles.
I loved Dave's affair with his new Land Cruiser, and chuckled when Nicholas made note of it too, and kidded him about it. The vehicle almost became a secondary character in the story, with it's troublesome land-sat and how the guys used it as a both a lounger and a bed. Definitly a new way for al fresco sex in my book!
Speaking of the love scenes, I've become so jaded lately that I find myself skimming them a lot--too much Slot A into Tab B, etc. Not so here, as the description and the lovemaking hit me just right, sort of like the way Nicholas' touch hit Dave just right. The aftermath of the scene with the butterfly on Dave's skin was humorous and sweet.
A book as beautiful as the butterflies it depicts, and I highly anticipate the sequel I understand is on its way.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)