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  1. I was tempted to make The Valley my first DNF for the year but I slogged through it to the end. I feel like I should have enjoyed the story, after all I live in The Valley that this book describes - Hungerford is Taree renamed and Di Morrissey and her husband live the next town away just near Wingham (which Di calls Cedartown).It was good to read about my town and its familiar environs and fun to recognise even some of the characters (including the couple at the cafe) she includes - but really [...]

  2. This book was so hard to get through, I read it on and off over months and months, The only reason I kept going was because it was a gift from my mother-in-law.

  3. Danni needs a lifestyle change and has decided that she wants to try painting full time, to see if she has a talent for it. After some discussion with her mother Lara she decides to go to Cedartown – a town in the Hunter Valley Region that was the original settlement for her great grandparents Harold and Emily and where her grandmother Elizabeth grew up. When Danni gets there she falls in love with the place, then her mother Lara decides to join her to find out some of her family history, Lara [...]

  4. Nothing to love here for me.Insipid characters. Slow plot with no real turning point. Clear from the start everyone will live happily ever after.

  5. I picked this book up at the library not expecting to like it because I am always put off by an author being a best seller (it usually means it's rubbish). However, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Plenty of undeveloped characters, pedestrian plots and contrived connections, all of which I expected. But it did trot along at a reasonable pace and Morrissey managed to convey the atmosphere of several different periods of history quite convincingly. She'd obviously done her homework. I ha [...]

  6. This is about Dani, a 30ish divorcee who quits her job as a graphic designer in Sydney and moves to the peaceful valley in New South Wales where her mother was born, to ""find herself"" through becoming a painter. Initially she leaves her 8 year old son Tim behind with her mother, Lara, which I found odd and rather selfish. She befriends a range of local characters and begins to find out more about Isabella Kelly, an infamous landowner of the 1840s. Isabella's story, and that of various other ch [...]

  7. Worst book I've ever tried to read. This is the fourth book of Di Morrissey's I've attempted trying to find out why she's considered one of Australia's best authors. I'm sure her research is great but if she can't hold a readers interest what's the point. Don't publishers read authors works after the first book is a success? Seems not because I don't understand how she's managed to have so many published. Would not recommend this author.

  8. Quite the saga. Got a bit of everything. Bit OTT re political correctness but still interesting. Gives some interesting insight into the appalling treatment of women and the indigenous in the early 1900.The main female character demented me. Enjoyed the process of searching family history the book contained. Enjoy.

  9. Di Morrissey is an Australian author. Her books aren't too difficult to read and she always writes about a place. The Valley is set in the Australina bush and it is story of an early female pioneer and the troubles she met when establishing her home in the Valley.

  10. I had a hard time reading this book, I usually love Di Morrissey books but found that while I enjoyed certain parts of it, it was a hard slog.The setting kept me interested enough to keep reading but at the end I wondered if I should have bothered. I was glad to be finished.

  11. I recently finished "the silent country" and forgot I had read this a year or two ago. Very good. Very similar to 'the secret river' by Kate Grenville. Character re-discovers her family history. Based in NSW.

  12. This book sucked me in more and more as I got into it. I found the characters intriguing and so incredibly believable that I felt I knew them personally.The only thing is the ending was so predictable and that spoilt it a bit.

  13. Not as good as the Tears of the Moon series, but interesting in the desires to keep Australia from being over developed.

  14. A good story. Di writes like a journalist. I can imagine the long list of research she's done for her books. Love books based on real people and places.

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