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    Beautifully written and emotive

    No Place in Eden highlights a time when vows were meant to be kept and loyalty in marriage was to be unquestioned. How was it then that Olympia Steiner received the wrong end of the stick? She married for convenience, keeping secrets that weren't hers to keep, nurturing and caring for a family that was never her own. When the chips were down, she was the one that had to face the day to day indignities of caring for an invalid husband who abused her, all the while recogising that her future on the farm hung in the balance. Olympia's pain and loneliness are evident in every page until one small spark ignites and nothing is ever the same again. Olympia was doing her duty as a wife and mother and one can only admire her inner strength, all the while feeling her desperation and longing for something more in life. Her husband's death heralds a new era in Olympia's life, but it is accompanied by more pain and indignities. At that point the reader is almost desperate to assist Olympia in taking the leap of faith to strike out on her own. Right through the book, the one spark of light and the reason for Olympia's existence is Ella, who in her own way puts her stamp on the story and a reality check when it is most need. This is a beautifully written pre-World War II novel, depicting the times and lifestyle of rural New Zealand, just before all hell broke loose on the world and nothing would ever be the same again. This book is going to linger in my mind for some time to come. I received this book for free from eBook Discovery. I voluntarily post this review. This is my honest review.

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