Fire in the Heartland - Tina Haralambakis - Book Editors Club, The Society of Women Writers WA
From the moment I started reading, I couldn't put it down. In fact, from start to finish I was totally engrossed with the pace, suspense, and action of the narrative. Yet equally absorbing was the subtle, yet poignant story of the Darcy family that slowly unraveled to reveal the reasons behind Clarrie's courage and determination to save Bawldy, the brumbies, and herd of Herefords.
Helen's realistic portrayal of an Australian bushifre, construction of characters, plot and subplots, combined with the author's moving account of the burdened animnals are overwhelmingly felt by the reader. Oddly enough, the reader becomes part of the scenario, swept into the narrative with all its tensions and conflicts, not to mention the plausible account of an out-of-control bushfire, and its ravaging effects on the physical and social environment ...
A fabulous read I recommend both to young adults and adults.