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Kerrie, in her 40s, has just lost her famous sculptor husband who had been the centre of her existence and for whom she sacrificed her own art career. Now she needs to find the courage to rekindle her dreams.

Shirley, approaching 80, believes she was betrayed by her former lover many years ago and has retreated from the world, becoming a recluse living in an underground dugout. Her new friends cause her to reassess what she’s done with her life.

Anna, 20, has a promising athletic career but is torn between the commitment to her sport, which could carry her to the Olympics, and the other challenges in her life. Will running away solve her problems?

The friendship that develops between these three women who meet in the strangely beautiful but desolate landscape of Opal Lake helps them deal with the next stage of their lives.

This book focused more on Kerrie than Shirley or Anna, and we don’t meet Anna until towards the end of the novel. I found it to be quite intruiguing. It made me realise how important it is to do what we need to do, and what we want to do, to be happy. This book actually inspired me to get back into painting! I really enjoyed this novel, and can’t wait to read another of Di’s books in the near future.

4/5

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