Entertainment

Book review: Waratah House

1880’s Sydney recreated - A must read.
1880’s Sydney recreated - A must read. Contributed

BOOK: Waratah House
AUTHOR:  Ann Whitehead
PUBLISHER: Penguin Aust
RRP: $29.95



ELEVEN-year-old Marina immigrates to Australia and a new life with her parents, but disease breaks out on the ship and leaves her an orphan.

Now in the care of Sarah Smithson, who proves bitter and unrelenting, she is determined to overcome her sorrow and come to grips with her new life, wholly different to the one she left behind.

Author Ann Whitehead vividly re-creates the Sydney of the 1880s and the life and times at Waratah House where Marina is put to work.

A mansion in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, she finds a new family among the servants in this stately home and settles in happily. But there are dark undercurrents at work.

Fast forward to Marina's daughter Emily who discovers that the past has a way of repeating itself.

She in turn must fight for her chance at happiness.

Whitehead effectively evokes the colonial period and working-class era but while some of the characters are real enough, many are not fleshed out in enough detail.

For me, the plot unravelled with too many love and hate relationships, creating a tangled web of intrigue and complexity that was hard to follow.

Topics:  book review



Family farming in the Goomburra Valley

Rohan and Fiona will be at this Saturday’s Seasonal Feast Market in Warwick, in the Art Gallery courtyard, with their pork products.

“We have learned about the value of breeds for flavour.”

More than 100 passengers affected by train derailment

A freight train has derailed at Raglan.

Emergency services respond to freight train accident

Warwick woman's amazing photo wins competition

Helena Moore's I Am Summer competition winning photo.

Helena Moore of Warwick is the winner of the I Am Summer competition

Local Partners

Clifton in election carve up

Clifton could become part of a new seat by the next Queensland election in a shake-up of political boundaries.


4 things you can't miss this week

Winners Stunned Mullets and runners-up Marbuck's XI after the final of the Condamine Sports Club Australia Day Cricket Carnival. Photo Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily News

Here are 4 things you can't miss this week

Events you need to be at this week...

Andrew Lange races at Warwick Dragway.

No Prep Kaos drag racing open to all

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

Why The Walking Dead cast are paid a pittance

Despite massive ratings the cast haven't been shown the money

50 Shades Dornan on why he hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Chris Hemsworth’s X-rated compliment to former co-star

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015.

THOR star once paid former Home and Away actress a lewd compliment.

'I can't keep my mouth shut any longer'

Singer George Michael.

George Michael’s cousin blasts singer’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.

Fresh faces: NCIS gets a shake up with new cast members

The new cast of NCIS, from left, Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito.

THREE new characters join naval drama for season 14.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Looking back, looking ahead in Noosa

NEVER-ENDING GLORY: Looking towards Laguna Bay and Hastings St from Noosa National Park.

Natural appeal of Noosa continues to attract buyers

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!