Birds of a feather is Tricia Stringer’s fourteenth book that I found heart-warming and hard to put down. The characters, the location, and the storyline felt incredibly real and just so relatable. Intrigued by the cover and the blurb, straight away I had a good feeling about this book.
The first chapter opens with a bang. You are taken back to 1988 where you meet Eve Monk and are given a glimpse into her background. When she and her husband Rex had two young boys and were partners in Wallaby Bay’s prawn fishing fleet with their friend Spiro.
The story then comes back to the present day, the pandemic is easing and Eve is now 70 years old. She still lives in Wallaby Bay and is still partners with Spiro in the prawn business.
You meet her friend Gert who has started to act strangely and her archnemesis Audrey who seems to be determined to make Eve’s life as miserable as possible. You also meet the other two main characters Julia (who is Eve’s goddaughter) and Lucy, a new arrival in town.
By this point I was totally absorbed in the book and it was only the third chapter! I like Eve who is a straight talker and was curious to know what Audrey has said and done to virtually ostracise Eve from her own town.
Julia is a researcher in Melbourne in a confusing relationship who comes across as a loner but also as lonely. When the research company gets closed down she decides to return home to Wallaby Bay and surprise Eve.
Lucy is a mum to two kids with a husband Alec who works on a FIFO basis. She used to be a nurse but is currently not working and so they have come to Wallaby Bay as it is where he grew up and his parents still live there.
When Eve damages her shoulder her independence is sorely tested and she suddenly needs to rely on others to help her. Lucy is hired to become Eve’s carer despite her reluctance to return to work and then Julia arrives to stay so she can think about what she wants to do next. It becomes an interesting trio as they are all prickly, don’t seem to trust easily, and don’t like to depend on others. On top of this, Eve starts being pressured by Spiro to sell the business.
Everyone thinks at her age it is a smart idea and along with her shoulder operation recovery, she starts to feel old, vulnerable, and very alone.
I absolutely loved this book and found it really easy to read. I enjoyed that in each chapter you would find out a little more about each character’s back story and this allowed me to really get invested in each character. Why doesn’t Lucy want to go back to work and why is she so overprotective even paranoid about the children?
Why is Julia so unsure about her relationship and what exactly happened between Audrey and Eve? Can these three women stop looking at the past to start moving forward and finally get along? Put this all together and it makes for a compelling story that I found really satisfying.
Thank you to Beauty and Lace and to Harlequin / Harper Collins for the generosity and opportunity to read this fabulous book!
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