Further

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
Isobel Richardson is torn. With an elderly dependent mother on one side of the world and her husband and children in Australia, her priorities are drifting further and further away from one another. She tries to stretch around the globe with a hand on each household. If only she could be in two places at once; be everything to everyone. Perhaps then her family wouldn't be falling apart.

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About Nene Davies

In 2002, Nene and her husband packed up their home and three children and emigrated to Australia from Pembrokeshire, Wales. These days Nene is living her dream on the Capricorn Coast where she writes full time.

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Review by: Ashleigh Stevenson on Sep. 30, 2014 :
“Further” focuses on Isobel’s struggle with raising a young family in Australia while also trying to care for her elderly mother on the opposite side of the globe in Wales. After working through a rocky patch in “Distance”, Isobel and her mother Helen now have to explore a new aspect of their relationship as Helen falls ill. The story realistically describes the agony of dementia and the impact on not only the sufferer but also those closest to them. This book is heartbreaking and beautiful and highlights the importance of family. I can’t wait for the third installment in the series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: charliebowie on Sep. 09, 2014 :
'Further' quickly drew me in , not hard really as I've waiting for it to come out since reading the prequel to it , 'Distance'. Really enjoyed the book , without sounding too cliche but it really is a roller coaster ride of emotions. At any given point you are on one persons point of view, then one comment later and you are behind the other ! Absolutely loved it , can't wait for the next one.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)

Review by: Halliday Smith on Sep. 09, 2014 :
If you’re looking for escapism, Brisbane-based Nene Davis’s novel ‘Further’ may not be your cup of tea. That’s because her contemporary novel tackles rarely trodden territory that some might instead describe as somewhat offputting ‘in your face’ realism.

But don’t be put off! For thoughtful readers juggling multi generational family responsibilities (especially those of the female variety), there’s a lot to like about this novel on the empathy front.

All praise to Nene for so sensitively tackling some of the momentous issues facing today’s global citizens who end up living at opposites ends of the earth to their loved ones. Her novel ‘Further’ shines the spotlight on a family adjusting to a ‘sea change’ of epic proportions, namely swapping Wales (and the Irish Sea) for coastal Queensland (and the Pacific Ocean).

According to her blurb, Nene’s novel ‘mines’ her own family’s migration story from Wales to Queensland some years ago and this first hand ‘lived’ experience has resulted in an authentic and moving storyline.

Her fluid writing style uses dialogue to propel the story forward as her characters are forced to confront, and struggle with, their respective times of life, some opening up, others narrowing down. And central to the action, mother of three Isobel is having anything but the time of her life as she struggles to do the woman thing and manage her brood, her marriage and her mother, sometimes at a distance.

Without giving the plot away, the ending moved me to tears of the cathartic variety.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: Carole Worthy on Sep. 03, 2014 :
Further is Nene Davies’ sequel to her first captivating novel, Distance, about the upheavals and consequences of a Welsh family emigrating to Queensland, Australia. In the first book, Isobel Richardson’s mother, Helen, remains in Wales, most unhappy about her daughter’s family exodus, although Isobel had entreated her to go with them. As the next book, Further, opens, Helen has been persuaded to accompany Ben, the Richardson’s eldest son, who had stayed behind in Wales to complete his secondary education before joining his family in Australia. Isobel hopes that the holiday in Queensland will encourage her mother to make the big move and join them.
Isobel soon begins to notice small oddities about her mother’s behaviour, but initially puts it down to the upheaval of travelling half way around the world. With all the complexities of family life, still settling into a new country, sorting work, managing a teenage family, and now attending to the needs of her elderly mother, extra strain is put on Isobel’s relationship with her husband Leo.
If accepting menopausal changes wasn’t difficult enough in Distance, Isobel now has an even taller order in dealing with her mother’s increasingly unpredictable behaviour, on top of juggling family needs and Leo’s travel schedules for work. Leo, also frought with study, work and family commitments, seems to Isobel to be withdrawn and evasive.
In the compelling style that we enjoyed in Distance, Nene Davies nails the detail that puts you right into this family, and she has you reeling with the roller-coaster of emotions that each turn takes. Whether you have experienced emigration or not, this story will grab you, as it deals with issues that face almost every family at some point.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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