If Blood Should Stain The Wattle
The Matilda Saga
1972, Australia. As the Labor Party led by Gough Whitlam gathers momentum across the country and political turmoil sweeps the nation, the community in Gibberís Creek must fight their own battles. Jed, still haunted by the glimpses of a future with Nicholas finds herself torn between two loves, old and new. As tensions rise with the upcoming election, Jed must find her place in the community and in the lives of those who she loves. Meanwhile, Scarlett is drawn to a mysterious stranger who claims that she can walk again, if she only follows him away from Gibberís Creek...
The Matilda Saga continues to astound me with its insight into Australiaís history, and the intricate connections between the characters within all the books. If Blood Should Stain the Wattle is a superb novel, with fantastically real characters and their equally real struggles. I laughed and cried equally while reading this book, and cannot recommend it (or the entire series) enough. Jackie French is a true master or her craft, and like so many of her books, If Blood Should Stain the Wattle is more than just an enjoyable read - itís an exploration and education of the history of our country, especially parts that might not be so well known but are still very important. As always, a powerful and compelling narrative thatís well worth the time taken to read.
Corinna, age 18
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