A Distant Journey

A Distant Journey In Cindy drops out of college to impulsively marry an Australian grazier moving from the glamorous world of Palm Springs California to an isolated sheep station on the sweeping plains of the R

  • Title: A Distant Journey
  • Author: Di Morrissey
  • ISBN: 9781743535684
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1962 Cindy drops out of college to impulsively marry an Australian grazier, moving from the glamorous world of Palm Springs, California, to an isolated sheep station on the sweeping plains of the Riverina in New South Wales Cindy s new life at Kingsley Downs station is not what she d imagined as she is flung into a strange and challenging world Natural disasters and tIn 1962 Cindy drops out of college to impulsively marry an Australian grazier, moving from the glamorous world of Palm Springs, California, to an isolated sheep station on the sweeping plains of the Riverina in New South Wales Cindy s new life at Kingsley Downs station is not what she d imagined as she is flung into a strange and challenging world Natural disasters and the caprices of the wool industry shape her destiny and though she tries hard to fit in, she finds she is always the outsider Adjusting to her new life, Cindy discovers that her new family comes with secrets and a mystery that haunts them all When Cindy uncovers the shocking truth, the consequences lead to tragedy and Cindy must fight to save her family.

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    1. Celebrated Australian storyteller Di Morrissey is back with her usual Christmas release, a new novel titled A Distant Journey. In her twenty fifth year of writing novels, A Distant Journey is a novel that harks back to where Morrissey’s writing career began. It is not too dissimilar to Morrissey’s first novel, Heart of the Dreaming. Both novels are examples of great outback sagas.A Distant Journey begins in the 1960’s, in the picturesque Palm Springs, California. The reader is first introd [...]

    2. A Distant Journey celebrates 25 years of Storytelling by Di Morrissey.It’s a tribute to the real Australia we all know and love so well and also dedicated to Nevada, California and Palm Desert.The novel begins in Palm Desert, California where we are taken to ritzier places like Palm Springs where famous film stars can often be seen gathering around a sparkling blue pool enjoying a party, perhaps with a cocktail in hand and dressed in glittery sequinned fabrics.During the daytime it’s a diffe [...]

    3. This is definitely not one of her best books, but I still enjoyed the story. I initially thought the story was about Babs, but the focus then shifted to Cindy. I'm still not sure why Babs featured so heavily in the beginning of this book.

    4. If I had to describe Di Morrissey's writing style in this book (and this is my first book by her so it might be the case in general etc) it would be "paint by numbers". There's something awfully formulaic about it. It must work for her though, she sells tonnes of books and every holiday house seems to have one or more languishing and gathering dust in book shelf corners. It's also extremely predictable. When you've pegged the twist about of a third of the way in, it ends up being sort of disappo [...]

    5. A great book that I could completely immerse myself in. It started off slow, but with each chapter I needed to know more.

    6. A good yarn. Pretty spot on observations about rural Australia, the sheep industry and women up-rooting themselves from the familiar to follow their heart and settle in a new environment and then refashion themselves as they forge a new existence. It touches on domestic violence and changing social attitudes. While it was a good read, the ending was somewhat predictable, it just took a long long time to get there. From the time Rose's disappearance was mentioned and the family circumstances were [...]

    7. The story started with a large introduction of Cindy's family before we got to her, and in fact i was starting to wonder if we were ever going to meet Cindy by the time she was introduced into the story. Cindy drops out of university when she meet an Australian farmer on holiday. She longs to travel and live a life of more colour than her current surrounds of Desert Palms and even more colourful that her home town Spokane.Off to Australia she moves and has a colourful life, not quite the beautif [...]

    8. Not a favourite.Starts off with the story of Babs, not sure why really.Then shifts to Cindy who goes on to meet and marry an Australian sheep farmer called Murray.The story seems to move in decades or more, one minute she is miscarrying a baby, next she has a couple of adult kids. She's very interested in the disappearance of Murray's mother, Rose, many years ago. Her father in law doesn't really take to her, and Murray seems quite weak in standing up to his dominant father.Can't say it was a ve [...]

    9. I liked it but found it a little light weight compared to others of hers that I have read. A grand picture of the Wool Industry in Australia when wool was king from the perspective of a family who ran one of the larger stations. A family of a few generations rearing sheep. Lawrence the stern unyielding father who believed he always knew best. A son working to secure his family's future but given no say. Cindy openly disliked by her father-in-law. A secret she was determined to uncover and hopefu [...]

    10. 4 star read. Cindy drops out of college and runs away to Palm Springs to live with her Aunt Babs. There she meets Australian Murray Parnell, marries him quickly and goes to live on his father's sheep station in the Riverine area of Australia. Murray's father is cold and rude to her, but her love of Murray is strong. Over the years of drought, raising a family and building the sheep station, their marriage grows stronger. But his father's secretive and arrogant ways could bring disaster to them a [...]

    11. I didn't enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed other books by the same author. Di Morrissey is excellent at making her characters very real and in setting the scene. I could just imagine Kingsley Downs and the surrounding countryside. I enjoyed the story of Cindy coming to Australia and I think she certainly put maximum effort into settling in. It must have been very difficult for her. I loved Babs.

    12. 3.5 stars. Nearly gave it 4 but it was missing that pizazz that a book needs to get 4. Very enjoyable nevertheless. I didn't find "the fight for the family" much of the story given the big drama didn't occur until right at the end. The story was centered on Cindy and how she copes with moving so far from home. The disappearance of Rose isn't hard to work out either. I liked it though. It was a lovely story

    13. Yesree with other comments a bit boring at timesessed the end not far into the book. Also agree that a lot of attention is paid to Babs and Alice in the beginning and then went nowhere with them.But still, Di Morrissey has enormous talent judging from most of her books that I have read and I am eagerly looking forward to the next book. I really have no right to be critical of one of our Aussie legends.

    14. Loved this book enjoyed the journey of Cindy from Palm Springs California marrying Murray and then travelling to Australia settling at Kingsley Downs NSW. Living with Murray's father Lawrence on the farm causes Cindy many problems and the story continues like a well written family saga about family, sheep farming, hardships and finally solving a family mystery

    15. it was ok. an inkling back at some of her first books she wrote and definately better than some of her last books.I too enjoyed babs and joeys story and thought she would have featured more throughout the book. don't understand why roses family wouldnt have looked a little harder for herund the jumps in time happened without notice so felt like some bits were missing

    16. My first Di Morrissey - it was heaven ! I love Australia (being half Australian) and inspired me to read more from her collection. It was so well written I feel like I've seen the movie. Highly recommend.

    17. This was a great book. I loved all the connections with the family and they didn’t go on and on about every detail. They just skipped a few years at a time and you still knew what was going on. Well,written.

    18. I enjoyed this book but definitely not one of her best. Liked Cindy the main character but found the others a bit weak especially Murray.

    19. I really enjoyed this book. A little slow at the start but picked up quickly once the story came to Australia.

    20. Disappointing!! The story was good, but certainly very long winded at times and very predictable. Read all the books and thoroughly enjoyed, but this one

    21. Di Morrissey is one of my favourite authors, so I was completely excited about getting into this one, her latest release! Morrissey has the most engaging style of writing which always gets me in from the first sentence. This is the story of two sisters who move from Portland, Oregon to Palm Desert in the 60s and combine their sewing skills and business savvy to start a clothing boutique in the lobby of a hotel. The contrast between gentle Babs and the outlandish Alice is fun to read, and the gro [...]

    22. Easy read that hooks you into the life on a remote sheep station and the difficulties that go along with the lifestyle. Characters were described well. I did find some of the scenarios finished abruptly and then flicked through several years to begin the next scenario.

    23. It's been a long time since I read Di Morrissey. This was a gift so I read the whole thing. If it was a library book I would have ditched it during the first third.The American bit at the start is pretty poor but the last half of the book is better.ok for a holiday read.

    24. Great story. Finally Di Morrissey has written a book like she used to in the beginning of her writing career I.e. Heart of the Dreaming The Last Rose of Summer etc. another page turner where you want to get to the end but you truly don't want the story to end.

    25. First Di Morrissey book I've ever read and enjoyed it. Lucky for me hubby got me a voucher from a book store so I'll be buying more from this author. Happy Days!

    26. This is a book I could not put down, a great Australian holiday read set between Palm Springs USA and somewhere near Deniliquin NSW

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