BOOK CLUB: Trails in the Dust

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Author: Joy Dettman
ISBN:9781760784867
RRP: $32.99
Publication Date: 25 June 2019
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

Thank you Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read it!


I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully written Australian saga. It was very hard to put down.

This is a story about Jenny who has had a very difficult upbringing in life.

She would dearly like to find her long lost son. Many people don’t realise how hard her life has been and what she’s had to endure, All the secrets and all the lies she’s had to keep and tell so they wouldn’t hurt other people. Jenny has always had to put on a brave face for others.

Jenny has an adopted daughter Trudy that has been in a very abusive relationship for many years and she’s worried that she won’t be able to get her twin boys away from him.

Tragedy strikes Jennys own life So she decides to sell up and have a holiday overseas. But will she find what she’s looking for?

This guest review was submitted by Judy, one of our Beauty and Lace Club members. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us Judy.

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Thanks to Pan Macmillan 15 of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are currently reading Trails in the Dust and you can read their thoughts on the book in the comments below, please be aware there may be spoilers.

12 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: Trails in the Dust

  1. I am sorry I didn’t enjoy Trails in The Dust.
    I found it was a bit disjointed and jumped around and was hard to follow.
    There were parts that were brilliant and easy to read and I enjoyed sections,
    but overall not a good read for me.

  2. I think i really needed to read the series of books that led up to this one to get a full grasp of this book.
    There was no shortage of drama, twists and turns but it took me longer to read because i felt I needed to know and understand more about everyone beforehand.
    Bit of a slower read for me but I did enjoy most parts of this book.
    Thank you for the opportunity to read!

  3. I liked this book but had trouble following at times. Especially in the first half. Sometimes I lost track of who people were. It is part of a series and I wonder if that was part of the problem. The story, itself had lots of twists and turns. Maybe a second reading would be a good idea.

  4. Trails in theDust by Joy Dettman is the final book in the Woody Creek series and the first book of Dettmans I’ve read.
    It took me awhile to get into the book, there were so many characters and assumed knowledge of characters and events from previous books I found it very confusing, but I did enjoy it more as I got into the book and started to connect characters.
    The story follows Jenny Hooper an elderly lady who has not had an easy life. After suffering yet another tragedy she sets about righting some of the wrong in her pasts and revealing some long held secrets to her children. Jenny also has the added worry of her adopted daughter Trudy who is an abusive relationship with two young sons. Jenny is determined to make contact with her long lost son and tell him the truth but she may be setting herself up for another disappointment.
    The story had some twists I wasn’t expecting, I’m pretty sure this was the last book in the series but it ended like it could be continued!
    I think the book might have been better to read if I’d read the other books in series, there were so many characters to try and sift through to start off with! I’m a bit intrigued to read the rest of the series now!
    Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillian fortune chance to read and review Trails in the Dust.

  5. Thankyou Beautyandlace and Pan Macmillan for the opportunity to review ‘Trails In The Dust’ by Joy Dettman.
    Jenny Hooper is almost 80years old, she lives in Woody Creek a fictional Victorian town. A writer under the name of Juliana Conti she arrives home after an outing with friends on a visit to Willama.
    She is feeling the silence in her home after having her adopted daughter Trudy and her twins staying, on arriving home she finds her husband Jim is missing.
    Jenny has led a very complicated and eventful life, has two daughters and a son from whom she is estranged.
    This is a book in a series so it took some time to figure out who was who.
    Once I sorted out the relationships I found the book absorbing, I really enjoy Joy Dettman’s style of writing, so natural and at times very witty.
    Because this book is the seventh in the Woody Creek series I think I should have read the earlier books so I could have followed the characters and their lives straight away.

    I would like the series to continue but not sure if there will be any follow up. In the meantime I’ll be reading the earlier books in this series.
    An excellent read.

  6. Trails In The Dust by Joy Dettman.
    Thank you Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read it!

    I thoroughly enjoy this beautifully written Australian saga. It was very hard to put down.
    This is a story about Jenny who has had a very difficult upbringing in life.
    She would dearly like to find her long lost son. Many people don’t realise how hard her life has been and what she’s had to endure, All the secrets and all the lies she’s had to keep and tell so they wouldn’t hurt other people. Jenny has always had to put on a brave face for others.
    Jenny has an adopted daughter Trudy that has been in a very abusive relationship for many years and she’s worried that she won’t be able to get her twin boys away from him.
    Tragedy strikes Jennys own life So she decides to sell up and have a holiday overseas. But will she find what she’s looking for?

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  7. It took me a while to get into this book, which is really well written. I didn’t know it was part of a series, as I hadn’t read any of Joy Dettman’s books. I felt that I was missing bits and got confused. I still enjoyed the story and was cheering Jenny on. Read it yes, but start with the first one in the series, to get a better understanding of what is going on.

  8. Thank you to Beauty and Lace for the opportunity to read and review Trails in the Dust by Joy Dettman.

    I found this book, which is number seven in a series, very hard to get into. The story kept jumping between several characters and because I had not read any other books in the series, I was getting lost. As the story progressed, it became easier. The writing was good, and towards the end I became very involved in the story. Maybe I will try to find some earlier books in the series, to know the characters better.

    I have read two of her stand alone novels which I thoroughly enjoyed, so I was a bit disappointed with this one.

  9. Thanks Beauty & lace & Pan MacMillan for the opportunity to read & review Trials in the Dust

    Really hard to get into as being the seventh in the series I found confusion in the characters until further into the book.It was a good read with a good storyline but feel I would have been better reading earlier books to thoroughly enjoy the read

    I could recommend but only if other readers have read earlier books in the series

  10. I absolutely recommend Trails In The Dust by Joy Dettman to those that have read her previous novels and those new to this series.
    Trails In The Dust is book seven in this series but after taking a little time to get my head around the story and characters it was a book I thoroughly enjoyed.
    As a lover of Australian novels this really appealed to me.
    This is the story of Jenny ,who after a difficult younger life , now wants to find her long lost son.
    A story of secrets and lies, tradegy and abusive relationships and the hope a new beginning can bring.
    I recommend this novel as it was one that I felt most people would enjoy
    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillan for allowing me to read and review this great novel.

  11. I loved this book Trails in the Dust by Joy Dettman but I have read all the other books in the series and I can understand why some people had trouble sorting out the characters.
    The story follows Jenny Hooper after a tragedy strikes her life and the secrets and lies that have been a part of her life. The perfect ending to The Woody Creek series of books – loved it and all the other ones – highly recommend completing the series beginning with Pearl in the Cage.

  12. Neither the cover of this book, nor the blurb mention that this is part a series, so when I picked it up I was thoroughly confused about who was who and there are a lot of characters.
    I did catch on after a while and grew to enjoy the characters and the story, but found if I put it down for a few days, I had to relearn the characters relationships.
    I will have to read this series from the beginning to truly understand everything within this saga.
    Thanks to Beauty and Lace Book Club and Pan Macmillan Australia for a copy in return for an honest review.

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