Joy Rhoades is a skilful writer who draws reader in with a story that twists and turns.
A novel about endurance and a stubborn will to survive, it is written with passion and intensity that is hugely attractive.
A story of survival and forbidden love, this hooks you in from the atmospheric first pages, and will have you rooting for the feisty heroine.
Sunday Mirror (UK)
A heart-breaking love story from a great new voice.
Its honesty and truth shine through on every page, and it deserves the highest recommendation.
Historical Novels Review
Longhope Railway Station, New South Wales
10 January 1945
The train carrying the prisoners of war was overdue. Kate sheltered in the shade of the station shed, wary, and watchful of her father, who stood along the tracks with the other graziers. Beyond them, pepperina trees flanked the road. The train tracks ran on across the valley bed with its handful of myalls and eucalypt gums, climbed up into the low hills at the edge of the tablelands and disappeared in a glint of summer heat on the southern horizon.
With her gloved hand Kate brushed away a fly. A drop of sweat ran between her shoulder blades and caught at the waist of her good frock, the wool crepe prickly and damp. Her father had asked Kate to come with him today and she’d worn her pink striped dress when he’d asked, her pearls too: it was easier to do as he said. But she felt like a barber’s pole in the dress.Continue Reading