By Pamela Cook

Blackwattle Lake

Womens Rural Fiction (2012)

For Eve Nicholls, walking up the driveway of her childhood home stirs up a whirlwind of emotion. The horses she loved still dot the paddocks but the house is empty, and the silence allows the past to come flooding back. She’s glad to have her best friend Banjo the kelpie with her, along with a bottle of bourbon. Her plan is simple: sell the farm, grab the cash and get the hell out. Within days of her return Eve runs into all the people she hoped to avoid. Sorting through a lifetime of clutter provides a distraction and slowly, she begins to discover the girl she used to be. Angie Flanagan: adventurous, animal-loving, vulnerable. When tragedy strikes once more, Eve realises that changing her name all those years ago has not changed who she really is or the truth of what happened all those years ago. 


An engaging debut for those who long to uncover who they used to be, and who they might still become.


Beautifully written, I have found another Australian author who has moved into my favourites. Highly recommended.

– Brenda (Goodreads October 2014)

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