Home Fires by fiona lowe
Published by Bolinda/HarperCollins Audio
Read by Rebecca Macauley
Audiobooks are best listened to when walking. They’re pretty good when driving too, but especially great when walking. Today I walked the ‘long block’ around my neighbourhood so I could finish Home Fires. I had to know how it ended.
Fiona Lowe has a way with characters. In Home Fires, she writes from four unique points of view. Each one believable and each one relatable. I was brought to tears on more than one occasion as I learned about each woman’s personal struggle after fires ripped through their home town of Myrtle. The story is set two years post fires with added perspective through the use of flashbacks. Four women’s stories are told and each woman shows enviable strength in the face of tragedy.
Julie, a community leader and well established CWA member is mourning the loss of her son Hugo and her best friend Heather. She doesn’t think that her husband or daughter could take any more bad news and so she keeps the newly discovered lump in her breast a secret.
The fires devastated the town on the day of Claire’s wedding. Instead of the memorable day she had planned, it became the anniversary of her parent’s death. Now she doesn’t think she can face having children of her own. She worries that if she tells her fiancé Matt, he will leave her.
Sophie is trying to keep her family from sinking. They lost their newly built dream home and are now living out of a shed with the cost of rebuilding blown far from their budget. Her husband has lost his job. He won’t talk to her, let alone touch her and her dreams of being a stay-at-home mum seem completely out of reach.
Bec, a poster wife for the well-known building company tries to support her severely burnt husband who is lauded for being a hero on the day of the fires. Nobody knows how controlling and possessive he really is, and Bec works hard to keep up appearances.
The women form a sub-branch of the CWA in an effort to rebuild the town and ‘Put Myrtle on the map’. What begins as a way to escape their domestic worries becomes a blossoming friendship filled with support and love. Together, they help each other to overcome the obstacles that the fires created.
This is a must read (or listen to) novel.
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