Ache – Eliza Henry-Jones

A year ago, a devastating bushfire ripped Annie’s world apart – killing her grandmother, traumatising her young daughter and leaving her mother’s home in the mountains half destroyed. Annie fled back to the city, but the mountain continues to haunt her. Now, drawn by a call for help from her uncle, she’s going back to the place she loves most in the world, to try to heal herself, her marriage, her daughter and her mother.
A heart-wrenching, tender and lovely novel about loss, grief and regeneration, Ache is not only a story of how we can be broken, but how we can put ourselves back together.

I received this book free from the publisher via in exchange for an honest review.

It’s not often I read Australian novels, or novels set in Australia. A majority tend to be set in America, or somewhere overseas or in a fantasy world, which is fantastic and fascinating but it’s nice to learn about your own backyard.

Ache is a beautifully written, well paced tale of belonging and learning to put yourself back together after trauma just about destroys you.

With all the devastating bush fires Australia has endured, it’s nice to hear the stories of people who have survived and have gone on to find peace. You can imagine these stories are not to different from those of the real survivors.

Do yourself a favour and get a copy of Ache as soon as possible.


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