This book makes an appealing gift for those who enjoy an historical romantic escape. An anthology is a great way to read works from a variety of different authors, and since I enjoy historical fiction, I was thankful to receive a copy gifted by one of the authors of ‘The Captive Brides’.
The standout story for me was by Lucy Thompson. Her wit adds sour to sweet. She snatches the title of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and gilds her tale as an icon before we ever start the story. This is bold, but she pulls it off with a humour unashamedly Australian.
This collection is a light hearted glimpse into another era, albeit a mostly unrealistic one. A modern tolerant ethos woven into a time far more heartless makes for a feel good read but doesn’t ring true for that period. Faithful adherence to the everyday foods, literacy standards and social mores would have made this stick to my ribs.