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The Girl from Snowy River Matilda Saga #2The year is 1919 Thirty years have passed since the man from Snowy River made his famous ride But World War I still casts its shadow across a valley in the heart of Australia particularly for orphaned sixteen year old Flinty McAlpine who lost a brother when the Snowy River men marched away to warWhy has the man Flinty loves returned from the war so changed. French's books help to put heart into history Her characters are so real and warm you can just about feel their pulse; they are people you get to know and after reading their story a part of them lives on in youThis third instalment of her Matilda Saga narrates an experience of World War I for those left behind Told through the eyes of seventeen year old Flinty McAlpine the novel starts with her frustration at not being able to find out what the war was really like Then as we get to know her and her siblings and neighbours a new and initially surprising element is introduced in the figure of a young man from the future with whom Flinty is able to converse While a little disconcerting at first his presence allows some apt comparisons between the attitudes and experiences of the early and later 20th century and somehow his appearance doesn't feel inconsistent with mountain folk loreOther staples of French's stories feature here as well a strong female character whose strength is not merely bestowed by the author but earned through a life of struggle; a wonderful holistic romance that has its ups and downs but ultimately works everything for the good; and it poses the kind of uestions about history that one has always wanted to ask dealing with it as something real and lived through rather than mere text book factsFrench has now announced the series will contain six books spanning from 1894 1972 I'm very much looking forward to reading the next three Reviewed for wwwGoodReadingGuidecom

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And distant Why has her brother Andy ′gone with cattle′ leaving Flinty in charge of their younger brother and sister and with the threat of eviction from the farm she loves so dearlyA brumby muster held under the watchful eye of the legendary Clancy of the Overflow offers hope Now Flinty must ride to save her farm her family and the valley she lovesSe. See this review and on my blog ’ve started to fall in love with historical fiction and Jackie French’s books set in past Australia are particularly appealing at the momentThis is the story of Flinty McAlpine a girl living in the mountains post World War I Australia When the boys came back from the war nothing was the same–Sandy her sweetheart wouldn’t talk to her Andy her brother left the farm to go droving in ueensland leaving her to look after her younger brother and sister Then there are the boys who didn’t come back like her brother Jeff No one will talk about the war until Flinty meets a soldier ghost from the future who gives her an idea of what her friends went through He also bears a warning that for Flinty the worst is yet to come–but the best is tooChock full of Australianisms this book might reuire an Australian dictionary close at hand if you don’t have an Australian in the room to ask But that’s what makes this book so engrossing With brumbies and chooks and billies and whatever else it couldn’t be set anywhere but Australia I think that makes it fresh too–Australia is often overlooked by most and it’s not often you come across a book set here even when you’re living in the countryThe characters were lovable and well written Flinty standing out as strong and curious; Mrs Mack the uintessential caring housewife; Kirsty a girl who’s had to take on too much too soon but remains upbeat nonetheless Flinty is surrounded by strong women who help and encourage her–like Miss Matilda previously seen in A Waltz for Matilda who owns the largest farm in the district Flinty draws strength from all of them in her time of need and it’s that which gets her throughI did think that this was a book begging to be written in first person Each chapter started with a diary entry from Flinty in first person of course It then transitioned to third person and I admit I stumbled sometimes over the “she”s meant to be Flinty as I constantly thought of her as “I” Not to say it didn’t work this way too but it would be interesting to see it all in first person and see what difference it madeThis book was well worth the read especially if you’re interested in Australian history or if you just like historical fiction and are looking for a new setting Can’t wait to sink my teeth into A Rose for the Anzac Boys next

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REVIEW The Girl from Snowy River Matilda Saga #2 107 Ý The year is 1919 Thirty years have passed since the man from Snowy River made his famous ride But World War I still casts its shadow across a valley in the heart of Australia particularly for orphaned sixteen year old Flinty McAlpine who lost a brother when the Snowy River men marchedT among the landscapes of the great poems of Australia this book is a love song to the Snowy Mountains and a tribute to Australia′s poets who immortalised so much of our land The Girl from Snowy River combines passion heartbreak history and an enduring love and rich understanding of our land It continues the grand saga that began with A Waltz for Matilda. It was a bit hard to rate this one cos I read it at work in my break and not every day so it was a bit of a disrupted read over what seemed like a long time I did enjoy it though I wish I had read the series in order I still like the final book in the series the best