A captivating story about learning to forgive.
For Eve Nicholls, walking up the driveway of her childhood home brings up many emotions, and not all good. The horses that she loved still dot the paddocks but the house is empty, and the silence inside allows her memories to flood back. She s glad to have her best friend Banjo the kelpie with her ... and a bottle of bourbon. Her plan is simple: sell the farm, grab the cash and get the hell out.
Despite Eve s desire to keep a low profile, within days of her return she runs into all the people she hoped to avoid. At the house she is surrounded by memories and worse. But with a lifetime of clutter to sort out, there s plenty to take her mind off it all. Slowly, she begins to discover the girl she used to be: Angie Flanagan adventurous, animal-loving, vulnerable. When tragedy strikes, Eve realises that changing her name all those years ago in an attempt to hide from her past has not changed the truth of what happened or who she really is.
BLACKWATTLE LAKE is an engaging debut for those who long to uncover who they used to be, and who they might still become.
'Pamela Cook has created a feisty new character in Eve, the heroine of BLACKWATTLE LAKE.' - Sarina Gale, Australian Bookseller & Publisher
Pamela Cook is a city girl with a country lifestyle and too many horses. Her rural fiction novels feature feisty women, tangled family relationships and a healthy dose of romance. Her first novel, Blackwattle Lake, was published in 2012 after being selected for the Queensland Writers' Centre/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. Blackwattle Lake was followed by Essie's Way (2013) and Close To Home (2015) and her fourth book, The Crossroads, is due for release in December 2016. An eclectic reader, Pamela also enjoys writing poetry, memoir pieces and literary fiction and is proud to be a Writer Ambassador for Room to Read, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes literacy and gender equality in developing countries. When she's not writing she wastes as much time as possible riding her handsome quarter horse, Morocco.
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