Sunset Ridge

Sunset Ridge 1

by Nicole Alexander

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 02/09/2013

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From Nicole Alexander, the 'heart of Australian storytelling', comes an epic historical novel that takes three brothers from the drought-stricken outback of Queensland to the horror of the trenches in World War One. They went to war and fought for love ... Although Madeleine has grown up in the shadow of her grandfather, the renowned artist David Harrow, she knows little about him. For David died long before she was born, and his paintings sold off to save the family property, Sunset Ridge. Now, decades on, with the possibility of a retrospective of David s work, Madeleine races to unravel the remarkable life of her grandfather, a veteran of the Great War, unaware that his legacy extends far beyond the boundaries of the family property It s 1916, and as Europe descends further into bloodshed, three Queensland brothers -Thaddeus, Luther and David Harrow - choose freedom over their restricted lives at Sunset Ridge. A freedom that sees them bound for the hell of the trenches. With the world on fire around them, the brothers bear witness to both remarkable courage and shocking carnage. But they also come to understand the healing power of love love for
ISBN:
9781864712773
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
02-09-2013
Publisher:
Transworld Publishers (Division of Random House Australia)
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
480
Dimensions (mm):
235x156x36mm
Weight:
0.55kg
Nicole Alexander

A fourth-generation grazier, Nicole returned to her family's property in the early 1990s. She is currently the business manager there.

Nicole has a Master of Letters in creative writing and her novels, poetry, travel and genealogy articles have been published in Australia, Germany, America and Singapore.

She is the author of six novels: The Bark Cutters, A Changing Land, Absolution Creek, Sunset Ridge, The Great Plains and Wild Lands.

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    Sunset Ridge is huge in scope both chronological and geographical. Set in the years between 1916 and 2000, the journey takes us from South East Queensland to Saint-Omer in Northern France, to Ypres, Verdun and the Somme.

    Madeleine grows up in the shadow of her grandfather David Harrows artistic talent and no-one can understand why she doesnt know more about her illustrious ancestor. The Harrow family are an old SE Queensland grazing family and Madeleines brother is the current custodian of the family property and heritage, Sunset Ridge. Not for the first time, Sunset Ridge is experiencing drought and the accompanying cash flow problems. When Davids daughter Jude was custodian of Sunset Ridge, the property was saved through the sale of Davids paintings; can an exhibition of his works in 2000 keep the property in the Harrow family?

    The Harrow world is populated by other families, the Evans, the Lawrence, the Jackson, the Cummins, the Shaw and the French Chessy families all have stories which add to the whole; the young men go to war, the mothers, fathers, young women write and wait. The descriptions of World War I locations and battles have a gritty reality which left me in admiration of the many hours Nicole must have spent researching the factual themes of the novel.

    So is Sunset Ridge a war story? Is it a family saga? Is it a journey through the Art world? Well it is all these and more it is also a love story, or more particularly love stories, woven together into a seamless whole by a wonderful story teller.