Ripples on a Pond
Author: Joy Dettman
Released: 1 March 2013
Introducing our lovely book reviewer Christine who had the opportunity to read and review the new book from Joy Dettman, Ripples on a Pond. Here’s what Christine thought….
Ripples on a Pond, the latest book in the Woody Creek series demonstrates again what a skilled storyteller Joy Dettman is.
The characters of Woody Creek and beyond have grown in number and years as the 1970s begin. Some through old age or misadventure have departed Woody Creek leaving behind a legacy which survives to be woven into the lives of those who carry on. As well as death and all that it leaves behind, birth has brought new lives into a changing world to mix with those who find themselves forever linked to the characters of Woody Creek by marriage or by chance.
The depth of the book cover design combined with the promotional brief provides sufficient intrigue to ignite interest for the reader to lift the cover and look inside. The concise synopsis of the characters at the front of the book and the description of how their lives have progressed through the decades provides the reader with instant recall of the previous books and reintroduces the characters to the reader. This is a great platform to go forward into the story well armed with the story so far. A great advantage to the reader if there has been a gap between books. Added to this synopsis Joy Dettman masterfully weaves into the story subtle reminders of events past linking them so intrinsically with the present.
As the characters of Woody Creek have grown and connected with others both in Australia and across the world their lives have intertwined with unexpected and disturbing consequences. There are chapters in this sequel to Wind in the Wires where the lives of the characters associated with Woody Creek are so damaged and twisted by coincidence that the reader must remember that it is a work of fiction. Joy Dettman portrays to the reader through fiction the possible extremes to which a dysfunctional family can be broken. Adeptly Joy Dettman entices the reader into these fictional lives and situations and the relationship the reader has with the characters is such that their anxiety is felt as real and makes for compelling reading. The book is wholly absorbing and hard to put down.
The title Ripples on a Pond with its unique Australian view appropriately describes the whole Woody Creek series, this book continues to illustrate the precarious situation that can arise from one event that while having happened decades before continues to radiate out to over the years to include and challenge the characters and their descendants in encounters of love, loss, jealousy and deception just like ripples on a pond.
This competition is now closed 🙂
Thanks to Pan Macmillan we are giving away the entire Woody Creek series by Joy Dettman which includes 5 books and is valued at $109.95!
Just leave a comment below telling me why you would love to read this fabulous series by Joy Dettman.
Competition ends 15 March 2013 and full terms and conditions can be found here.
Disclaimer: As with ALL products reviewed – no payment was received however Christine was supplied with the Woody Creek Series (including Ripples on a Pond) to review. The ideas and views expressed in this review are Christine’s own – good and bad.