Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Darker Music by Maris Morton

A quick peek…

Mary Lanyon is the temporary housekeeper at Downe, Western Australia, a famous Merino stud. When she arrives, she discovers the owner’s wife, Clio, has been very sick and the house is a mess, dirty and filled with secrets.

Mary’s recognises straight away that there are many puzzling questions needing answered. Though as an employed staff member, she doesn’t want to pry into the family’s problems, yet finds herself in the thick of the unravelling thread.

Some thoughts …

Some things in our lives can eat away at us like a cancer, it’s so important to deal with our issues and move forward in life. If a writer was never allowed to write or a musician never allowed to play music. Our souls begin to die if we never feed the inner self, the very thing that gives us the most pleasure which creates joy in our lives. When this is fulfilled, abundant joy in our lives overflows and we can reach out to others.

Creative skill…

Maris takes us on a journey to unravel the mysterious family tapestry of silence, blame, neglect, dysfunction and grief. Her words compel us to turn every page, hoping for some more information to piece the ‘Downe’ puzzle together. Morton draws us in with intriguing facts about the wool industry, fossils and wildflowers. Her descriptive prose intoxicates the senses with her vivid depiction of rural Western Australia. As she illustrates the timeless musical greats, I could imagine the string section tuning up, and her ability to portray the many meals served throughout the book will have you salivating.

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  1. This sounds like an intriguing read. I always like it when an author works factual research into a novel. It gives the story such authenticity with that layer of reality.

  2. Oh, I like the sound of this book. I like the setting too :)

  3. Sounds good. I really want to read it now ...)

  4. Sounds like a fantastic book! Thank you!

  5. Does sound good, writing this one down.


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