Some fantastic reviews are rolling in for A Greater World. I’m going to quote at length from one of them as it’s so generous! (blushes and looks away) – but it also gives a good idea of what I was hoping to achieve with the book. It’s from Anne Caborn – who does know me – but earlier in the review said she was gearing herself up to be diplomatic to let me down gently – and was surprised when she didn’t need to.
“..it is a classic, extremely well-executed reflection of the genre and human triumph over adversity. It gives readers the familiar hooks of injustice, dishonour; the subverted morality and arrogance of social class and the mistimed and sometimes misconstrued components of human attraction and sexual tension. But she brings to these essential elements a new deftness and some additional twists and turns that keep the reader guessing and open the page on fresh emotions and experiences.
With the exception of the dastardly husband of the heroine’s sister, the characters are not black and white. We are given a somewhat modern opportunity to see good where there is bad and vice versa. These truly are ‘shades of grey’. Her characters evolve and grow with her plot, which takes us from the end of the Great War to the eve of the Second and from England to Australia; from coal to cocaine, from mean streets to wealthy drawing rooms and subtly calibrated stops along the way.
Michael, from doughty, mining stock is a classic hero. Elizabeth, our heroine, may have come from a more refined background but she toughens up admirably as the plot delivers its body blows. You crave a happy ending but the author is very clever in keeping you guessing and guessing and with enough plot shifts against type to keep the ultimate denouement deliciously uncertain.”