Title: The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club
Author: Sophie Green
Pages: 417 Pages
Publisher: Little Brown Book Group
In 1978 the Northern Territory in Australia has begun to self-govern and telephones are not yet a common fixture. Life is hard and people are isolated, but these five women find a way to connect.
Sybil, the matriarch of Fairvale Station, misses her eldest son and is looking for a distraction.
Kate, Sybil’s daughter-in-law, is thousands of miles away from home and finding it difficult to adjust to life at Fairvale.
Sallyanne, mother of three, dreams of a life far removed from the dusty town where she lives with her difficult husband.
Rita, Sybil’s oldest friend, is living far away in Alice Springs and working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
And Della, who left Texas for Australia looking for adventure and work on the land, needs some purpose in her life.
Sybil comes up with a way to give them all companionship: they all love to read, and she forms a book club. As these five women bond over their love of books, they form friendships that will last a lifetime.
Warm-hearted, comforting and richly told, this is the perfect feel-good read for book lovers everywhere.
I have always wanted to be part of a book club. I have read many stories with a book club at the heart of them and it just makes me yearn to be a part of one. At the moment, I wish I had a time machine so I could go back to the late 70s/early 80s and join the Fairvale Ladies Book Club.
Sophie Green’s sweeping story of the lives of five women in the Podunk pockets of Australia is truly fascinating. Their removal from the everyday conveniences that we take for granted is a brilliant backdrop to honour the resilience and power enriched in the lives of these five characters. Not only did it provide an amazing setting but it made me, the reader, feel the complete claustrophobia that the wide open plains gave some of its characters.
Often, the ladies of the book club (Sybil, Rita, Della, Kate and Sallyanne) are seen as complete opposites of each other. It is a wonder how they all come together and help fix each other but their differences hold their power. It is amazing to watch them grow, learn and live with all the trials and tribulations of life going on around them. It is even more heartening to see them bond through a mutual love of books.
I didn’t expect to love The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club as much as I did but it really was a story that took me on an emotional journey.
The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green is available from March 1st 2018.
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