This is the multi-generational story of one family. There is hippie Jess and her husband who is suffering Parkinson’s and PTSD; their daughter Nirvana (otherwise known as Jamie) and her daughter, CJ.
The author has created characters of all ages that we fall in love with, who are relatable and real. We travel back in time to the Vietnam war and the agony of Jess sending her love away to fight when it is everything she’s opposed to; we witness the trauma experienced by Jamie when her beloved doesn’t want the same life as her and she needs to go it alone, and how this makes her the person she becomes. Then there is 17-year-old CJ who experiences her first love with traumatic consequences.
It’s about love, loss, complying and the messiness of life. Tess is skilled at capturing emotion perfectly. It’s touching, heart-warming and heartbreaking all at the same time. An absolute joy. (LF)
Mel, a GP, lives with her anaesthetist husband, Adam, and their two children in an exclusive Perth suburb. When she boards a flight to Melbourne for a girls' weekend, the last thing she expects is to feel an overwhelming attraction to another passenger as soon as she locks eyes with him. Not only is physiotherapist Matt nine years her junior, he is also engaged and lives on the other side of the country. But as the pair connect on far more than just a physical level, they have to decide are they willing to put everything on the line for one another. Full of raw emotion and confronting issues, this well-crafted debut told from both perspectives will intrigue readers, right up to its unpredictable ending.