Once again this author has not disappointed. I know this book is classified as fiction, but just reading the Author’s Note that Nicole includes will show you it is so much more. As always, it is the historical reality that makes reading a Nicole Alexander story such a pleasure.
The clear and sometimes shocking differences that existed between the lives and cultures of the colonials compared to the Aboriginal people in the early 1800’s is so well told.
Kate Carter, at the tender age of seventeen, is a truly brave character. Her naiveté, combined with the male characters’ guidance, lands Kate in an environment that would challenge a person twice her age. Kate not only survives, she sees through the misdirection and grows to be a strong character who’s final decision made me, the reader, so proud of her.
Bronzewing was raised by an aboriginal tribe and lives a unique life–one that from the start seems destined to cross paths with Kate. The lessons learned by Kate, as a result of their meeting, have a considerable affect on Kate’s future.
This story is powerful and one to definitely add to your reading list.
Wild Lands by Nicole Alexander.
Published by: Random House Aust. Free reading sample
This review placed on
Australian Women Writers Challenge 2015 review site.