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’s and Belle Bartholomew has arrived in rural Sweet Wattle Creek to claim her inheritance – a run down grand hotel formerly owned by Martha Ambrose Determined to solve the mystery of her birth and the reason why she was beueathed the hotel Belle runs into difficulties with the townsfolk and their desire to kee. With a narrative alternating between the past and the present Sweet Wattle Creek by Kaye Dobbie also known as Sara Bennett and Lilly Sommers tells the story of Belle Bartholomew and Sophie Matheson two women haunted by the secrets of their pasts When her father commits suicide after losing his wealth during the post war depression Belle Bartholomew is stunned to learn of the secrets he had been keeping Eager to know she travels to Sweet Wattle Creek to claim her inheritance a rundown hotel beueathed to her by Martha Ambrose and though Belle s uestions put the locals offside she is determined to solve the mystery of her birthNearly sixty years later reporter Sophie Matheson is enchanted by a vintage wedding dress donated to the Sweet Wattle Creek centenary celebrations Intrigued by its mysterious provenance Sophie begins to piece together the story of Belle and Charlie and their connection to the old burnt out hotel on the town s fringe unaware that her own past is catching up to herBoth Belle and Sophie are appealing and sympathetic characters Though their situations are very different they share a similar spirit facing adversity with courage and determinationDobbie s portrayal of small town Australia during the 1930 s is very well done The community of Sweet Wattle Creek is still struggling with grief for their loved ones lost and injured in the Great War and are worried about the impact of the post war depression particularly as travellers pass through their town Dobbie skilfully communicates this tense atmosphere and Belle s status as an outsiderThe mid 1980 s is a fairly bland era by comparison but Dobbie is careful to ensure the period is reflected in the storyline The local paper where Sophie works still uses a mechanical press to publish archives are stored in the basement and the single computer that saves data to floppy discs is still a noveltyMost importantly I thought the story was very well structured both the historical and contemporary timelines complement each other well and advance the plot as a whole The pacing is good and the suspense builds nicely There are some neat turns to the plot and I thought the conclusion was satisfyingSweet Wattle Creek is a well crafted and engaging tale combining mystery drama and romance and I m happy to recommend it

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The chance discovery of an antiue wedding dress weaves together the fascinating stories of three women from different eras Sophie in hiding from a troubled past Belle who must lose everything to learn what really matters and Sweet Wattle PDF or Martha forced to give up those she loves in order to avoid exposureIt. A pleasant piece of historical fiction with some light romantic themes and a touch of mystery this book is an easy entertaining read No really high dramas or passions but rather a straight forward well written account of a family saga set in a small country town in rural VictoriaThere are two time periods with two main characters 1931 features Belle Bartholomew presented in the third person 1986 has Sophie Matheson in first person voice Both women are feisty and independent and show great strength of character in dealing with personal misfortune with dignityKaye Dobbie handles the switches in time competently and there are strong links between the two eras In 1986 Sophie recently arrived in town is a journalist with the Sweet Wattle Creek Herald trying to piece together the story behind the elegant wedding dress which is deposited on the doorstep of the paper some weeks before the town s centenary celebrationThe central figure of the entire book is Belle the 30 yo woman made penniless and homeless by the loss of her father s fortune in the Great Depression Her only remaining asset is the derelict Grand Hotel which she inherited from her aunt Martha at Sweet Water Creek Belle travels to the tiny town to see if she can make a home there and to sort out once and for all the secrets of her true parentage What she encounters at Sweet Wattle Creek tests her resolve and brings out her personal ualities Both protagonists Sophie and Belle are well developed and the author enlivens the narrative with some sharply drawn minor characters such as the formally dressed curator Ian McKinnon obnoxious Lyn Thomas and the glamorous Gwendolyn Those minor players are keys to the emotional tenor of the book as both Belle and Sophie struggle to make a niche for themselves in a backwater rural settlement All the hidden secrets all the harboured resentments of small minded residents seem to crawl out of the woodwork when Belle arrives in town in 1931 Dobbie paints a rather harsh but undoubtedly honest picture of what life could have been like in an isolated community at a tough time in the nation s historyI loved some of the minor plot lines in the book First there is the creation of the beautiful wedding gown Dobbie invents a character Eileen Nicholson a Melbourne couturier of distinction whose exuisite garments become collectors items in later decades Lovely details about the various frocks worn in 1931 which contrasted amusingly with Sophie s pragmatic jogging gear Belle s romantic interest Michael Maxwell is associated with Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm and in 1986 carrying on the connexion Mrs Davies beloved border collie adopted by Sophie s son Dillon is called Smithy It feels very real and uintessentially AustralianWith all historical fiction a crucial factor is the time period chosen by the author in which the events take place I was really pleased to read a book NOT set in Australia s convict era nor in the WW1 period so commonly the background for a lot of Australian novels In her Afterword Dobbie acknowledges a number of sources for the information she weaves into the fiction about the often desperate lives of people affected by the Great Depression and the grimness of some country town communities 1986 represents an era of change in Australian society such as the appearance of personal computers the beginnings of recognition of domestic violence and the need for refuges and the changing role of womenHaving said that I do not want to create the impression this is a dark grim book uite the contrary it is full of enjoyable elements The compassion that Belle shows for Michael with his hideous war wounds was very touching and her solicitude for the much maligned travellers generated a lot of warmth The embarrassingly gauche moves made by Ian and Sophie as their mutual attraction grew made me laugh For me Sweet Wattle Creek was a delightful entertaining read which kept my eyes pinned to the pages as I tried to work out the various secrets and lies at the core of this dysfunctional group of families over three generations

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P their secrets safeSixty years later Sophie Matheson is on a uest to find Belle and her family after discovering the wedding dress The Sweet Wattle Creek Centenary brings challenges when her past catches up and she must fight for all that matters to her Who were Belle and Martha and what links their lives togethe. Juggling between a 3 and a 4 star book for meI do like a well thought out two time period historical novel and I thought the historical part 1930 s was well researched and done particularly well The 1980 s was a little bit of a drag for me but in saying that I still enjoyed the characters If you are after a nice Sunday afternoon read that keeps you turning the pages to see how it all turns out you will enjoy Sweet Wattle Creek 3


10 thoughts on “Sweet Wattle Creek

  1. says:

    The length of time it took me to read this is no indication of the book’s worth It was simply that Christmas and family staying i

  2. says:

    A pleasant piece of historical fiction with some light romantic themes and a touch of mystery this book is an easy entertaining read No really high dramas or passions but rather a straight forward well written account of a family saga set in a small country town in rural VictoriaThere are two time periods with two main characters 1931 features Belle Bartholomew presented in the third person 1986 has Sophie Matheson in fi

  3. says:

    An antiue wedding dress unearthed after decades of being buried ignites the story of Sweet Wattle Creek Written by Kaye Dobbie an Australian author it is a novel that beautifully ties together the lives of three women through one affective dressIn the present day the small town of Sweet Wattle Creek is undergoing preparations for their centenary celebration Sophie is new to the town working as a journalist at the local

  4. says:

    With a narrative alternating between the past and the present Sweet Wattle Creek by Kaye Dobbie also known as Sara Bennett

  5. says:

    I'm a sucker for dual narrative historical fiction and Australian author Kaye Dobbie has created a wonderful tale of myste

  6. says:

    My ViewKaye Dobbie has masterfully married two times fames to produce an exciting narrative that is both historical 1930’s

  7. says:

    A decent light yarn set over dual time eras

  8. says:

    When an old wedding dress mistakenly lands on the steps of the newspaper where she works as a journalist Sophie Matheson is intrigued by both the beauty of it as well as the two names written on the inside of the box With the Centenary celebra

  9. says:

    Juggling between a 3 and a 4 star book for meI do like a well thought out two time period historical novel and I thought the historical part 1930’s was well researched and done particularly well The 1980’s was a little bit of a drag for me

  10. says:

    I received a free copy of thi book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review The chance discovery of an antiue wedding dress weaves together the fascinating stories of three women from different eras Sophie in hiding from a troubled past; Belle who must lose everything to learn what really matters; and M

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