While Sydney woman, Lauren, is ecstatic about her writing career taking off, her relationship is heading in the opposite direction. When she realises there is no going back, she accepts the long extended invitation from her friend and mentor, Emma, a married middle-aged woman she met through the Internet, who lives in Mountain Creek in the Yarra Valley region of Victoria.
For Lauren, the better part of her life is just beginning. Emma, on the other hand, is going through mid-life crisis, and dealing with the emptiness and boredom in her life caused by her grown up sons moving away. She hopes that Lauren, who is younger and from a very different background will bring some excitement into her life.
On her arrival, Lauren is enchanted with the country and her new lifestyle. However, she soon becomes attracted to the local vet Susan, a well-to-do, well-educated and rather solitary enigmatic person with many secrets in her life. It doesn’t take long for them to realise that the attraction is mutual; however, both have to overcome their initial apprehension before they can embark on a relationship.
The peaceful neighbourhood is shaken firstly by strange goings-on on the ‘haunted’ property that once belonged to a woman who is now known to the locals as ‘Lady of the Creek’, whose spiritual songs everyone misinterprets as lament songs that keep reminding them of the myth that was spun around her decades ago, and for which they are keeping a fearful distance to her part of the bush. Later things are getting worse when an old hippie disappears and one of the neighbours is assaulted.
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About the Author
I live on the outskirts of Nuremberg, and I love walking with my dog in the forest, which starts just across the road. My greatest passions are the English language, writing, reading, and my aquariums. I also love photographing, digital painting and creating digital art, crocheting, singing, travelling, learning languages, watching documentaries, etc. In short, I love being creative and I'm interested in a vast variety of subjects. Some of my photos and digital paintings can be viewed here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/sophiadeluna
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After breaking up with her girlfriend Lauren moves to the quiet town of Mountain Creek. She stays with her friend Emma who introduces her to an interesting cast of characters, most importantly the local vet, Susan. Lauren is smitten from the start. Lauren and the rest of the gang get involved in a mystery while Susan is faced with threats of death... The book started out a bit slowly but became quite engaging as it went along. I really liked the plot and the various personalities of the different characters. It was really great that Ms DeLuna used all their personal experiences and not just that of one or two. The development of the characters was also wonderful. It was lovely to watch them change and find what they needed while maintaining friendships. I think the relationships between the friends was the core element to the story in spite of the mystery and romance. There were a few sex scenes but they were mostly kissing then fade to black. It was a perfect way handle them in this book. I've not had the pleasure to read anything by Ms. DeLuna before but the next book I read will be hers.