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Sydney's Song

Sydney's Song 3

by Ia Uaro

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 11/02/2013

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"Lovable. Memorable." (KIRKUS REVIEWS)An undefeatable Sydney girl. An itinerant musician, Boston's former child prodigy. Two lost souls brought together before the 2000 Sydney Olympics and thrown into a roller-coaster of their very own personal Olympics. Set in Sydney and Boston where heartbreaks are juxtaposed humour, this Humor Finalist of Readers Favorite's International Book Award is a love story no reader will ever forget.
ISBN:
9781478157458
Category:
Fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
11-02-2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Ia Uaro
Country of origin:
Australia
Dimensions (mm):
203.2x133.35x19.81mm
Weight:
0.43kg
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  • A wonderful novel

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    Last night I got hold of Ia Uaros novel Sydneys Song. My plan was to start reading it over the weekend, but I just couldnt resist and I had a peek at it. The early hours of the morning found me on the couch, my back stiff and hurting, my eyes filled with tears while a smile kept tugging at the corner of my lips. Sydneys Song is a must read, filled with heartache and humor all at once, a story of hope, dignity and defiance of lifes blows. Do not miss this novel, my friends!

  • A wondderful novel

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    Last night I got hold of Ia Uaros novel Sydneys Song. My plan was to start reading it over the weekend, but I just couldnt resist and I had a peek at it. The early hours of the morning found me on the couch, my back stiff and hurting, my eyes filled with tears while a smile kept tugging at the corner of my lips. Sydneys Song is a must read, filled with heartache and humor all at once, a story of hope, dignity and defiance of lifes blows. Do not miss this novel, my friends!

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    Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers Favorite

    Calling All Romantics! "Sydneys Song" by Ia Uaro is first and foremost a beautiful love story. The book is a little slow in the beginning but if you stick with it you will laugh, cry and fall in love with Sydney and Pete. The book opens with the horrible unexpected divorce of Sydneys parents causing her much pain and suffering. We then follow Sydney to her job at the transit information center of Sydney, Australia, as they are getting ready for the Olympics to open. Sydney shares with us her many detailed conversations with both Australians and foreigners as they try to find the best transportation around the city. Pete, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, is backpacking the world. He has stopped in Sydney and is working at the transit information center too. There is an instant attraction between Sydney and Pete and though they try to ignore it, they soon are drawn together. After Pete is involved in a serious accident, Sydney leans on Gods support with long and hard prayers.

    "Sydneys Song" is a pure romantic delight to read. Ia Uaro has written a touching and loving story of her own life. In "Sydneys Song" we share the adversity, joy, sickness and health of a young couple truly and deeply in love. "Sydneys Song" is a winner. I felt as though I was with Sydney on her entire journey and was sorry to say good-bye to her at the end of the book. This book was emotionally attaching and deserves a five star rating. I am waiting anxiously for the next book by Ia Uaro.

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    Reviewed by Author Anna del C. Dye for Readers Favorite

    Here we have the most interesting tale of a true miracle in our time. It is the best story of true love and eternal partners I have ever read. It portrays a miracle so special that it will leave you awed and humbled. It is simply a book about a young womans faith to make a miracle happen when she needs it most. This is full of commitments never broken, a true inspiration for us all. Sydney is a shy young woman of seventeen. Her life has been very happy until the day her parents decide to tell her that their divorce has come through. Now they'll go their separate ways and she will be responsible for herself. She feels betrayed and hurt by their attitude especially since she has believed that their marriage was the epitome of perfection. At her work in a call center for the transportation company in Australia, she meets a group of backpackers. With them there is an American who seems to be as quiet as she is. However, she is too hurt to even think of a relationship with anyone. What is most remarkable is that she keeps herself clean from alcohol and casual sex, the common lifestyle of her co-worker friends. She is teased but never gives in to them. At the end, she has the chance to receive a true miracle as her future husband lies in coma in an American hospital.

    "Sydneys Song" is beautiful, down to earth, touching, and moving. It teaches principles to be followed by all people on earth. Ia Uaro gives us a must read for all people, especially young adults. It helps us to see that not all young men and women fall to peer pressure, alcohol or casual sex. Very nice work.

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    Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers Favorite

    In Sydney, Australia, in November 1999, eighteen-year-old Sydney's life is in turmoil. Her parents are divorcing to marry other people and her friends are doing a musical and ballet tour of Australia. Sydney is left at home with her beloved and elderly dog, Dimity, as her parents want her to go onto her university studies in February. She obtains a job with the public transportation system. A group of trainees from countries around the world, or "backpackers" as Sydney calls them, are hired to work at the call center. Handsome, dark-haired, morally strict Pete from America is one of them. Pete and Sydney find themselves falling in love, even though they have just met. Pete returns home to Boston to arrange his permanent move to Australia to be with Sydney. When Sydney learns that Pete has been in a horrific accident and flies to Boston to be at his side, has she made the right choice?

    "Sydney's Song" by Ia Uaro is a delightful love story. Sydney and Pete fall in love, but most of Pete's family are opposed to their musically gifted son's love of an 18-year-old Australian girl. Pen and ink sketches illustrate the text as do the floral engravings at the beginning of each chapter. Sydney and Pete's love story is charming and totally realistic with first-rate characters. Pete's rehab takes months and Sydneys winning over his parents takes almost as long. Readers everywhere will enjoy "Sydney's Song" as it gives a believable portrait of true love with faith in God that survives even in arduous times.

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    Reviewed by Janet Jensen for Readers Favorite

    Sydney is a young and impressionable teen living in Sydney, Australia, who is suddenly left to fend for herself when her parents divorce. She finds a job with the Sydney public transportation system call center, answering calls from customers who need directions or information or want to complain about the service. Among her colleagues at work are a group of back packers, friends who travel in groups, find temporary work to fund their next adventure, and then leave for more travels. Sydneys personal standards are soon put to the test as shes invited to join them in drinking, smoking, and enjoying recreational drugs. But Sydney chooses to abstain, ultimately earning their respect. She also earns the admiration of an American named Pete, a quiet and insightful young man, and eventually a romance ensues.

    But, as Shakespeare said, the course of true love never did run smooth. For Sydney and Pete, challenges arise that could destroy the strongest of individuals and relationships when Pete suffers serious brain injuries in an auto accident. Encouraged by friends and family to leave Pete and move on with her life, Sydney finds a deep well of inner strength and proves that love, while it doesn't conquer all, can be constant and loyal and unconditional.

    Sydneys Song, a work of socio-fiction, is an engaging book. We immediately identify with Sydney, a teen-aged girl who discovers her own true nature, and Pete, the remarkable young man who helps her to understand herself and achieve her goals. When the tables are turned and Sydney must be the grown-up, she does so with a grace and determination and resilience that are inspiring. I recommend Ia Uaros "Sydneys Song" for teens and above. Her story contains a refreshing message: be true to yourself, learn to trust and love, and share that trust and love whenever and whenever you can.

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    Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers Favorite

    "Sydneys Song" by Ia Uaro is a love story and emotional journey. The heroine Sydney, sharing her name with the city she lives in, takes on a temporary job. It is a tough one, dealing with customers phoning the 1300500 transport helpline and anyone who has ever dealt with the general public knows how dispiriting that can be. Sydney faces tough customers and very strict employers who whisk away bonuses at the drop of a hat. However, she is working alongside a lively bunch of youngsters. She is not quite on their wavelength--she is better off than most of them and refuses to be drawn into the drinking and partying culture of her peers--but she is not too standoffish. She is genuine and firmly believes in her choice and her friends respect that, although they find it puzzling. Home life is tough as Sydney suddenly finds herself pretty much abandoned by her parents and only has her trusty dog to rely on. Then, against her better judgement, she starts a courtship with Peter which brings a lot more hurdles into her life, including animosity from both sets of parents and learning to cope and live with disability.

    "Sydneys Song" is a robust novel. Sydney is a tough girl, taking everything that life throws at her on the chin, and still managing to smile, although hard at times. She never loses her sense of humor, and that is the pattern of this book. You can be nearly in tears one moment from the power of the writing and the unfairness of Sydney's life, but the next moment you will be laughing at something absurd that happens or at a wry observation by Sydney. The story is a mixture of fact and fiction, based on the authors real experiences, but adding plenty of imagination too. It is a love story, it is courage under fire, and it is hugely entertaining. Nothing is predictable in the story, as in life, and the message it carries is to seize new experiences and make the most of them. The book is well-written and reading it is a thoroughly enjoyable, if occasionally humbling, adventure.

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    A Love Story to Savor

    Sidneys Song came to my attention when the author, an writer friend in Australia, asked me to look at a glossary of Aussie slang that she was thinking of inclusion. Was it necessary for American readers? What words should be included or omitted? Although well out of my level of competence, I made a few suggestions. As proof that I had given it some thought I wrote a little humorous blurb using some of the words of the glossary. Surprising it found its way into the books acknowledgements.

    I was also asked if I would be willing to read and critique the manuscript. That I declined, graciously I hope. Fact is, I not only said no, but actually meant NO WAY. I had read enough to know that the book, among other things, was about a teenage girl, Sydney, with troubles. Having survived a good case of teenage angst in my youth, I was loath to be reminded of that woebegone period. Whats more, my wife and I had raised three of our own and somehow gotten them off the roller coaster and onto the glide path to adulthood in fair condition. While I credit their mother with most of that I, nevertheless did not wish to be reminded. Thus, no way.

    Then one day a package arrived bearing two copies of Sydneys Song. One was a handsome large print edition for easy reading for aging eyes. But I was still reluctant, if curious. I would peruse a few chapters, send a message of thanks to the author, and that would be that. The books would go to our teen and preteen granddaughters. Well, credit Ms. Uaro. She hooked me. I read on, and on and on.

    Sydneys Song is a beautiful and compelling story set in Sydney Australia and Boston, USA. It is about a headstrong young girl who is confronted with life on her own when here parents divorce by mutual agreement simultaneous with her high school graduation (Not especially unusual in Australia the author has since told me). Sydney is left alone in their comfortable upscale home with a beloved dog and her cherished garden. Prior to university, uni in Aussie slang, she gets a job at a transport call center. There she answers telephone queries about all manner of issues relating to public transportation via busses, trains, and related conveyances. Readers will learn more than they ever wanted to know about the Sydney public transportation system. But more importantly they will get a good dose of indoctrination into the lives of those who work there.

    Among them is a group of international roamers, backpackers making their way around the world before settling into maturity. They are lively and raucous crew. Sydney falls into their company but steadfastly resists their lifestyle of drinking binges, sex, and other vivacious pursuits of pleasure. One of the backers is different. Pete from Boston is quiet, self-controlled, handsome, and attracted to Sydney. She soon falls madly in love, as does Pete.

    To say more would gave away too much of the story. Suffice it to say that the writing is crisp, easy to read, and seemingly simplistic floating along on plateaus of lifes ordinary routines until suddenly something happens that takes it another level. Each time this happens the suspense heightens in anticipation of another bolt from the blue that almost changes everything..

    Critics might say that there is too much Pollyanna here, that Sydney and Pete are just too good to be true. Well, maybe. But what is wrong with a fairy tale. They always spring from a moral base. Sydneys Song is no exception. If Sydney is determined to avoid the fun and the consequences of binge drinking and prudish in the eyes of some about saving herself sexually for marriage what is wrong with a story that offers different options from modern societies norms of behavior? if Pete believes that marriage, even under conditions that happen as the story proceeds, still remains at the most efficacious way to the good society, doesnt that point of view deserve airing in todays morally confused world. I think so, as does the author, although she fairly presents many examples of other views.



    Sydney's Song is handsomely illustrated with tasteful drawings that exemplify the tale. I am delighted to recommend it to adult readers who may think that they are done with all that angst of the young. My bet is that you will be pleasantly surprised, as was I.