Are you a reader? Do you love sitting down and losing yourself in a good book?
I do. It’s my indulgence… one I don’t do often enough really. When you juggle lots of things (as I do, and as I suspect many of you do too) that ‘time out’ to slide into another world for a while is a rich reward.
Which is why I was so excited when this arrived in my mailbox…
It’s best-selling Aussie author* Fleur McDonald’s fifth novel and explores the intriguing stories of two main characters – modern-day Laura who runs her family’s sheep property in WA, and Thomas whose awful childhood seventy years earlier sets the wheels in motion for events that shape Laura’s world. And her world in Crimson Dawn is an ever-changing place, with family secrets, farming dramas, personal demons and the hint of illicit drugs to deal with.
I have long been a Fleur McDonald fan – I love that her writing lifts you into a world she so clearly loves. I love that her characters are full and colourful and flawed enough to feel like you truly know them. And I love that she doesn’t adhere to the conventional ‘romance’ writing formulas – she explores many relationships in her books, including romantic love, but there is so much more going on.
Crimson Dawn follows Laura and Thomas’ story throughout – and through its twists and turns, keeps you engaged and intrigued til the end. (I promise you won’t pick what happens!)
If you are already a Fleur McDonald fan you will adore this book – I tried to slow down but finished it within 48 hours. (Yes I am greedy like that!) I loved the descriptions of the West Australian landscapes and characters that are so Australian without being ‘ocker’.
I should admit also that I have been lucky enough to meet Fleur in real life*, and can attest she is as real and empathetic as her writing indicates.
If you have never read Fleur, or tried ‘Bush Lit’ before, please grab this and let yourself enjoy an adventure in the bush with a woman who knows bush adventure intimately!
Crimson Dawn is in bookshops from today! You deserve a few hours of down-time – grab this book, the beverage of your choice, a comfy chair and and ENJOY.
*Disclaimer: while I do know Fleur in ‘real life’ I would never give a positive review to something I didn’t like. I love this book. Actually, I am about to read it again! I also had no idea she was going to do this:
I am probably going to frame this page!