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Book Bird rating: 5 Birds

5 words: Compelling story about people and place.

Who will love this: Readers of literary fiction, short stories and Australian historical fiction.

Favourite character and why: Hard to pick one as the story is told over four centuries, and by 5 different characters, but Bel’s innocence and Lola’s determination are favourites. The land itself, the NSW Lake Illawarra district, is a character in itself and a favourite.

Best bit: The clever way the different stories meld seamlessly together.

Last word: This fabulous novel is made up of a number of interwoven short stories that span four centuries. The stories are linked by the land, especially  caves, the lake, and island and a fig tree. The writing is fresh and the story compelling. Loved it.

Reviewed by Sue