Hello From The Gillespies opening line: It was December the first.
And Angela Gillespie is doing what she has done for the past 33 years, she is writing her Christmas letter. But this year, everything is different. Her daughters are not growing up to be the adults she thinks they should be, her ‘late arrival’ son has not outgrown his childhood imaginary friend and her husband is not talking to her about what is going on. Instead, he is talking to another woman on Skype, and becoming wrapped up in his family tree, rather than being a part of their family. Life is no longer as she knows it and Angela writes the truth but only to vent, and not to send out. However, things don’t happen as she plans and the letter goes out to the hundreds of people on her mailing list and the result kept me turning the pages wanting to read more about this family.
I can highly recommend this book which took me no time at all to work my way through. The family are believable and the situations each one finds themselves in so totally relate-able. It will introduce you to life on an Australian sheep station situated in the middle of nowhere and how complicated life can be and how a community can rally together.
First published by the Penguin Group Austrlia in 2014
Paperback – 516 pages
Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Books South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.
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