Season of Shadow and Light…
Sometime this season…
The secret keeper must tell.
The betrayed must trust.
The hurt must heal.
When it seems everything Paige trusts is beginning to betray her, she leaves her husband at home and sets off on a road trip with six year old Matilda, and Nana Alice in tow.
But stranded amid rising floodwaters, on a detour to the tiny town of Coolabah Tree Gully, Paige discovers the greatest betrayal of all happened there twenty years earlier.
Someone knows that truth can wash away the darkest shadows, but…
Are some secrets best kept for the sake of others?
With a cast of colourful characters and a plot as twisting as a country mountain road, Season of Shadow and Light is a beautiful story of love and acceptance played out against the backdrop of a quaint country town.
There are many lives intersecting within the pages of this story, but Jenn manages to weave it all together in a coherent and intriguing way that keeps you engaged from start to finish. Without giving any of the plot away, two things had me loving this book more than anything else, and both were related to the concept of deep connection: Alice’s devotion to her loved ones and that of an old horse.
Season of Shadow and Light is a wonderful slice of country Australia that tackles some serious themes in a sensitive manner. It also has a beautiful ending. Well done Jenn and thanks for a wonderful read.
2 thoughts on “Book Review: Season of Shadow and Light by Jenn J. McLeod”
How wonderful to see this. I follow your reviews so your very lovely comments mean so much. I’ll let you in on a little secret I tell the audiences at my library events. The original draft of this story had no Alice! Can you believe it? I brought her in as a Nana, because after writing the first draft I heard advice: “Never write a baby of child into a story unless you account for them in every scene.” Apparrently the very well-known author had done so and readers wrote to her saying ‘the mother was irresponsible. Where is the child?’ Ha! So, I wrote in Nana Alice and the rest is what happens when you write by the seat of your pants. I admit this is a very favourite story.
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I always love hearing how characters ‘drop’ into a story! Fancy no Alice!! I’m glad you let me in on that secret, because unless you’re planning a library talk in Mount Isa, I’d never have known!
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