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In Falling Snow

Mary-Rose MacColl    
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Pages: 448
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In Falling Snow


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A vivid and compelling story of love, war and secrets, set against the backdrop of WWI France


'In the beginning, it was the summers I remembered - long warm days under the palest blue skies, the cornflowers and forget-me-nots lining the road through the Lys forest, the buzz of insects going about their work, Violet telling me lies.'

Iris is getting old. A widow, her days are spent living quietly and worrying about her granddaughter, Grace, a headstrong young doctor. It's a small sort of life. But one day an invitation comes for Iris through the post to a reunion in France, where she served in a hospital during WWI.

Determined to go, Iris is overcome by the memories of the past, when as a shy, naive young woman she followed her fifteen-year-old brother, Tom, to France in 1914 intending to bring him home.

On her way to find Tom, Iris comes across the charismatic Miss Ivens, who is setting up a field hospital in the old abbey of Royaumont, north of Paris. Putting her fears aside, Iris decides to stay at Royaumont, and it is there that she truly comes of age, finding her capability and her strength, discovering her passion for medicine, making friends with the vivacious Violet and falling in love.

But war is a brutal thing, and when the ultimate tragedy happens, there is a terrible price that Iris has to pay, a price that will echo down the generations.

A moving and uplifting novel about the small, unsung acts of heroism of which love makes us capable.

Mary-Rose MacColl is an Australian writer with current interests in families, children and mountains. She spent most of 2011 working on In Falling Snow, her fourth novel, on a residency in Banff, Canada. Her first novel, No Safe Place, was runner-up in the 1995 Australian Vogel literary award and her first non-fiction book, The Birth Wars, was a finalist in the 2009 Walkley Awards. She lives in Brisbane with her husband and young son.

ISBN: 9781743311219
Australian Pub.: October 2012
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Subject: Literary fiction
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Reader reviews

'The first half of the story is a gentle read and setting up of the background of everyone. The pace picks up during the second half of the book where everything comes together and the pieces fall into place. I was never quite sure of the ending until I reached it and that was quite satisfying.

'Really a lovely gentle read, great to pick up for a rainy day or to escape with on a holiday.' - M. Pratt, SA

'This book hooked me in until the very end!  Ironing and housework got put aside, and I grabbed every opportunity to read.  The characters are so real, and I loved going back in time so see what life was like during the war for those nurses and doctors.  Marvelous twist at the end :)  The reality is that there are secrets in everyone's past! Great book - thanks for publishing it, and I am going to look out for the other books by this author!' - G. Vance, QLD

'So when does the movie come out!!!! That was my thought as I stared at the blank piece of page at the end of In Falling Snow by Mary-Rose MacColl... I guess we'll have to have patience. And patience is what you will happily exercise to take up residence in this book. You won't want to hurry the quotidian realities of these worlds. As in wartime, every moment with the living is precious. And these characters do "live". They "act", they don't always "say".  Iris was of a generation, where some things were better left unsaid. Herein lie the dramatic consequences of war and unknown acts of heroism that are felt through generations.

'Take your time to read the said and the unsaid, and experience the softness and the flint of your new companions. You'll be rewarded with a truly satisfying conclusion, and you'll treasure this book like a letter in war-time!' - A. Deborde, QLD

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