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The Sunnyvale Girls de Fiona Palmer
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The Sunnyvale Girls (edició 2019)

de Fiona Palmer (Autor)

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Three generations of Stewart women share a deep connection to their family farm, but a secret from the past threatens to tear them apart.Widowed matriarch Maggie remembers a time when the Italian prisoners of war came to work on their land, changing her heart and her home forever. Single mum Toni has been tied to the place for as long as she can recall, although farming was never her dream. and Flick is as passionate about the farm as a young girl could be, despite the limited opportunities for love.When a letter from 1946 is unearthed in an old cottage on the property, the Sunnyvale girls find themselves on a journey deep into their own hearts and all the way across the world. Their quest to solve a mystery leads to incredible discoveries about each other, and about themselves. Praise for Fiona Palmer'Palmer's passion for the land bleeds into the story, and her scenes are vivid and genuine, just as her characters are.' Book'd Out'Fiona Palmer has well and truly earned her place as a leading writer of one of Australia's much loved genres.' Countryman.… (més)
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Títol:The Sunnyvale Girls
Autors:Fiona Palmer (Autor)
Informació:W. F. Howes Ltd (2019)
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I would have written this review as soon as I finished reading, but it was near midnight when I finished this lovely story of three women on the land! I don’t think my thoughts would have been coherent at this stage, so hopefully my ‘morning after’ thoughts will encourage you to read this novel by Fiona Palmer, which takes a forgotten part of Western Australia history and weaves it into a spellbinding narrative.

The story is already close to my heart because of its setting – a farm, Sunnyvale, near Pingaring, a tiny town in country Western Australia. It’s not far from where my godmother grew up and where my grandparents lived many years ago. Being a proud West Aussie, I’m always on the lookout for great W.A. stories – how could I have missed Fiona Palmer’s books before? Sunnyvale is home to three generations of Stewart women – the matriarch Maggie, her daughter Toni and granddaughter Flick. All work hard on the farm, from feeding the shearers (this brought back stories of my mum talking about how my Nan made cakes/biscuits/slices for smoko) to organising the sheep for shearing. It’s a busy life that doesn’t really allow for interruptions. Flick is content to work on the farm forever, but Toni wants her to see some of the world. When Flick finds letters in the old homestead addressed to Maggie, Toni gets her wish – but not as she thought it would happen. The letters are from Rocco, a former Italian prisoner of war who was based at Sunnyvale during World War II, to Maggie. The letters are unopened, but their finding reveals a secret buried deep in Maggie’s fast. Suddenly life at Sunnyvale is turned upside down, and Flick and Toni make the journey to Italy to search for Rocco. Will the Sunnyvale women be able to make sense of the new revelations in their lives and open themselves to love?

I really enjoyed this book to the point where I was disappointed that an appointment I had didn’t run later (hence the reading late into the night). Fiona Palmer writes the West Australian farming setting perfectly, which set off my own set of reminisces about my childhood holidays on the farm. You can see the crops growing, hear the sheep baa-ing and feel the heat coming up through the red dust as you read. When the action moves to Italy, it’s as if another world had opened up to me – I could picture the gorgeous vistas, taste the fresh pasta with truffle and see the handsome young men walking around towns bathed in history. This brings me to the character of Stefano, who Toni and Flick meet in Italy. He’s gorgeous, both inside and out. He’s a worthy hero to feisty, independent Flick and calms down her eagerness to do everything right here, right now. When Stefano entered the narrative, I fell in love. The Italian section of the novel was very well done and the icing on the cake was when Fiona told the tale of her own research into Italy for this book. Truly enchanting!

Another thing I enjoyed about The Sunnyvale Girls was the chapters that went back in time to Maggie’s youth while Rocco and Giulio were working on the farm. It was a great insight into the past and not one that is often talked about generally. It was interesting that people had stories to tell about the Italian POWs at the talk I went to, which was fascinating. We need to talk about this more before it’s too late! The reaction of Maggie’s mother to the POWs was jarring in contrast with the more tolerant attitude to different nationalities today and what she did to Maggie? Unspeakable. I’m surprised that Maggie wasn’t angrier. However, Maggie does get her happy ending. Toni does too – it’s lovely to see women of all ages represented equally in this book, making it appealing to all generations of women in your family.

In summary, The Sunnyvale Girls is a wonderfully authentic read that celebrates family, love and history in an exceptionally well-rendered setting.

Thank you to Penguin Australia and The Reading Room for the ARC. Thank you to Fiona Palmer for sharing with a number of readers about the research that went into this book.

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  birdsam0610 | Sep 28, 2014 |
The Sunnyvale Girls, Fiona Palmer’s sixth novel, is an engaging story about family, self discovery, and romance.

‘Sunnyvale’, a sheep and wheat farm in regional Western Australia, is home to three generations of women, matriarch Maggie, her daughter Antonia (Toni) and granddaughter, twenty year old Felicity (Flick).

A dual narrative featuring a contemporary and historical timeline has become a popular element in recent rural romance novels. In The Sunnyvale Girls, Felicity discovers a hidden cache of unopened letters addressed to Maggie, and unearths a secret Maggie has kept for over 50 years. Through Maggie’s memories, we learn the origins of that secret – a forbidden wartime romance between Maggie and a young, handsome Italian POW billeted to Sunnyvale during the last years of World War Two. Toni is shocked by Maggie’s revelation, but Felicity reacts to the news with excitement and convinces Toni to accompany her to Italy to try and find Maggie’s lost love.

Both timelines feature family drama, romance and a hint of mystery. Palmer explores the individual journey’s of the three women with a deft hand by challenging her characters emotionally.
Maggie’s story reveals a bittersweet tale of first love, thwarted by prejudice and circumstance. Her secret is easily guessed, but the storyline is sweet, the historical details are interesting and I was eager to find out why Rocco never returned for Maggie as promised.
Toni, already simmering with long held resentments and low self esteem, is furious with her mother when Maggie’s secret is revealed. It makes her question the choices she has made in the past and forces her to confront the decisions she needs to make about her future, especially where Jimmy, Sunnyvale’s farm hand, is concerned.
Felicity is simply curious about Maggie’s past and excited at the prospect of reuniting her grandmother with her lost love. Having fought her mother’s attempts to get Felicity to explore the world beyond the boundaries of Sunnyvale, Italy is a revelation for Felicity, especially when she meets a handsome Italian waiter.

Palmer has always had success with creating a strong sense of place in her novels, drawing on her familiarity with the Australian rural landscape. The author’s descriptions of Italy, particularly of the village of Montone in which Maggie and Flick stay, are similarly evocative. (Check out Fiona’s guest post at Book’d Out to learn about her research trip to Italy.)

A lovely rural romance, with appealing characters, a strong storyline, and a historical twist, The Sunnyvale Girls is another enjoyable novel from Fiona Palmer. ( )
  shelleyraec | Sep 25, 2014 |
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Three generations of Stewart women share a deep connection to their family farm, but a secret from the past threatens to tear them apart.Widowed matriarch Maggie remembers a time when the Italian prisoners of war came to work on their land, changing her heart and her home forever. Single mum Toni has been tied to the place for as long as she can recall, although farming was never her dream. and Flick is as passionate about the farm as a young girl could be, despite the limited opportunities for love.When a letter from 1946 is unearthed in an old cottage on the property, the Sunnyvale girls find themselves on a journey deep into their own hearts and all the way across the world. Their quest to solve a mystery leads to incredible discoveries about each other, and about themselves. Praise for Fiona Palmer'Palmer's passion for the land bleeds into the story, and her scenes are vivid and genuine, just as her characters are.' Book'd Out'Fiona Palmer has well and truly earned her place as a leading writer of one of Australia's much loved genres.' Countryman.

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