I’m Australian and I live in the south of the country which is full of wonderful eucalypts or “gum trees” as we call them. We used to have damp winters and hot, dry summers. Over the last twenty years our winters have been getting drier, our summers hotter and wildfires more frequent, hotter and far more deadly. Temperate rainforest that has never burned before is burning and our wonderful gum trees explode, spreading fire far and wide.
So what does that mean? Well, for many of us, it leaves us on high alert like our Californian and other West Coast cousins. It means where we live becomes a stressor and this impacts on not just our way of life, but our mental health. As someone who has been affected by wildfire personally and professionally, HOME FIRES was the novel I had to write. If you know anyone affected by wildfires, then this is the book you need to read. I promise you it ends in hope!
It’s a best seller in Australia and now I’m excited to bring it to my US/UK and rest of the world readers. So what’s it about? The blurb says ....
When a deadly wildfire tears through Myrtle, nestled along Australia’s breathtaking Great Ocean Road, the town’s buildings — and the lives of its residents — are left as smoldering ash. Eighteen months later, Myrtle stands restored, shiny and new. But is the outside polish just a veneer?
For four women in particular, the fire fractured their lives and their relationships. Julie thinks tourism could bring some financial stability to their town and soon prods Claire, Bec and Sophie into joining her community group.
But the scars of trauma run deep and as secrets emerge and each woman faces the damage the wildfire wrought, a shocking truth will emerge that will shake the town to its newly rebuilt foundations…
With her sharp eye for human flaws, bestselling author Fiona Lowe writes an evocative tale of everyday people fighting for themselves, their families and their town.
What are people saying about Home Fires?
“Fiona Lowe’s ability to create atmosphere and tension and real relationship dynamics is a gift.” —Sally Hepworth, bestselling author of The Mother-in-Law on Home Fires
“Lowe breathes real life into her characters…Home Fires is a profoundly hopeful tale, one of re-generation, of the strength gained from women supporting women, and of a community pulling together.” Better Reading
Home Fires is available in print, ebook and audio book wherever you buy your books.
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