Redemption by Tracie Griffith
Publisher: self published
Publication Date: 9th July 2017
Source: paperback from the Author
'There were no waves; just a gentle lapping at the shoreline. He stared at the inert body of water curiously. The stillness and silence were eerie, as though this was somehow the calm before the storm - a warning, rather than a respite.'
After nearly two decades in prison, Mark Wilson is given a second chance when his estranged aunt offers him a home in the coastal township of Port Fairy and a job on a dairy farm. While the close-knit rural community struggles to accept the presence of a convicted killer, Mark discovers friendship, warmth and an unexpected feeling of belonging. When love strikes from out of nowhere, he can't believe his good fortune. Has he escaped both his reputation and his crimes? Or is he really a man that no one should love?
As Mark finally allows himself to believe in his capacity for renewal, he discovers the awful truth...
In a small town there's nowhere to hide
Redemption is the debut novel of Australian author Tracie Griffith.
Redemption centres on the life of Mark Wilson recently released from prison after 18 years. With the help of his elderly aunt, Margaret, he starts a new life in the quiet Victorian coastal town of Port Fairy.
Mark tries to build a new life as he fights against distractions and prejudice, occasionally going off the rails but always in the back of his mind is the hope that he will find love.
I love books with a distinct Australian feel and the setting of the small town of Port Fairy was perfectly painted by Griffith’s descriptions. The day to day life on a dairy farm and it’s demanding lifestyle was interesting reading and well depicted.
The pace of the story is slow and none of the characters are particularly endearing, besides Aunt Margaret, however Griffith does an excellent job of conveying her character’s introspection through much soul searching and angst which gives the reader real empathy for Mark.
As mark comes to grips with his freedom he is befriended by his new boss and his wife although nothing comes easily to an ex con as friendships are abused and the local police try every trick to run him out of town.
Mark finds he cannot escape his past and the road to redemption is never easy.
Some readers may not like the ending but I felt it was very realistic.
I received a copy from the author through Goodreads giveaways.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the author:
Debut author with a paperback and ebook to sell. Etc, etc, etc.
Paperback available from my website within Australia (price includes GST and postage).
Ebook currently available from Amazon/Kindle.