WINDS FROM DANYARI
Wings E-Press, Inc.
403 Wallace Court, Richmond, Kentucky 40475
Rating: 4 cups
Joe Hennessey’s story begins in 1885 when, at the age of sixteen, he escapes his abusive father. He heads to Wyndham to search for wealth in the gold fields. Instead, he finds providing necessities to the miners is a more lucrative business than panning for gold. A series of several jobs gives him the opportunities he desires—a sheep station and family of his own.
Alicia Pennington is a well-raised young lady of twenty-five when she first meets Joe Hennessey. Her mother encourages her to marry a proper Englishman with a good pedigree, but Alicia desires Joe above and beyond all others. After a few secret encounters she agrees to marry him, but Walara—the sheep station—is not the life she imagined it would be.
This is the story of the Hennessey family. Joe Hennessey creates a life which is vastly different from his childhood. After meeting Alicia and taking her away from her snobbish family, he attempts to make her happy at Walara. Life in the Aboriginal boundaries is hard and not quite what Alicia expects. The Aborigines' way of life is at odds with the Hennessey family’s, and trouble is bound to occur. Joe and his descendants face many trials in a harsh land that proves to be as unforgiving as the natives.
This is a story of such wonderful and vivid individuals. The land is a character in its own right and proves a worthy opponent for the Hennesseys. The charm of these people and this place truly spills over to the reader, moving them to keep reading. I am amazed at how immersed I became in the story unfolding on the pages before me. I found I finished this book without really noticing I was turning the pages. Ms. Lamperd takes the reader on an adventure of a lifetime in a few short hours, and I am glad I was invited along.
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