The Inaugural Meeting Of The Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green

Life, Death And Everything In Between

The Inaugural Meeting Of The Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green is a wonderful historical novel about life, death and everything in between.

Set from 1978-1981, I hesitated to use the term ‘historical’ but realised there are many years separating then and now and the world is quite a different place. Each new year recaps the important events, setting the scene for the reader with the references that follow. This wonderful book is a snapshot in time.

The novel takes place in the Northern Territory, Australia. It is an unforgiving landscape. Life can be hard and isolating.

The book follows a group of women as they band together to share their love of books (many of which I had heard of and some I had read). They form so much more than just a book club. They offer a lifeline for each other. From various continents and of different ages and life experiences, these women become a group of friends. They share life’s ups and downs – births, deaths, divorces, new loves, old loves, jobs, children – the list goes on.

I loved this book. The women, all with their unique personalities became my friends. I celebrated with them. I mourned with them.

This is a book with universal appeal, celebrating friendships. I have not been to Australia. I do not know the places they referred to but that did not matter. The women’s lives were a microcosm for the macrocosm of women’s lives everywhere at every time.

A wonderful book that will sink into your heart.

I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.


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