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The Other Side of the Season - Jenn J. Mcleod

The Other Side of the Season

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Everything has a reflection...

And there’s another side to every story.

When offering to drive her brother to Byron Bay to escape the bitter Blue Mountain’s winter, Sidney neglects to mention her planned detour to the small seaside town of Watercolour Cove.

Thirty-five years earlier, Watercolour Cove is a very different place. Two brothers are working the steep, snake-infested slopes of a Coffs Coast banana plantation. Seventeen-year-old David does his share, but the budding artist spends too much time daydreaming about becoming the next Pro Hart and skiving off with the teasing and tantalisingly pretty Tilly from the neighbouring property. His older brother, Matthew, has no time for such infatuations. His future is on the land and he plans to take over the Greenhill plantation from his father.

Life is simple on top of the mountain for David, Matthew and Tilly until the winter of 1979 when tragedy strikes, starting a chain reaction that will ruin lives for years to come. Those who can, escape the Greenhill plantation. One stays—trapped on the mountain and haunted by memories and lost dreams. That is until the arrival of a curious young woman, named Sidney, whose love of family shows everyone the truth can heal, what’s wrong can be righted, the lost can be found, and...

...there’s another side to every story.

About the Author

When Jenn J. McLeod quit Sydney’s corporate communications chaos, she bought a little café in a small town and ran a unique, dog-friendly B&B in country New South Wales. Home is now a fifth wheeler caravan, and her days are spent writing heartwarming tales of Australian country life that weave intricate tapestries of friendship, family, love, and contemporary issues. Readers and reviewers alike enthusiastically received Jenn’s debut, House for all Seasons, placing it at Number 5 on the 2013 Nielsen’s Best Selling Debut Novel list. Simmering Season is the second book in her Seasons Collection, followed by her third novel, Season of Shadow and Light.

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  • Page turner (5)
  • Well written (5)
  • Deserves multiple readings (3)

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5.0

A wonderful read

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from Coffs Harbour, NSW

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  • Page Turner
  • Well Written

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      Comments about The Other Side of the Season:

      Jenn J McLeod's story resonated with me on many levels. Her characterisation is superb, and she skilfully reveals the layers of each character as we see some of them in two time periods. Her setting is beautiful, and I could easily imagine Watercolour Cove.Her depiction of artistic sensitivity and the works described add to the many layers of this book. Human error tinged by tragedy and the loyalty of family, and enduring love make this a top shelf read.

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      5.0

      I am now officially a Jenn J McLeod fan!

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      from Sydney, Australia

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      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Engaging Characters
      • Page Turner
      • Well Written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gift
        • Older Readers
        • Travel Reading
        • Younger Readers

        Comments about The Other Side of the Season:

        The Other Side of The Season is the second book I have read by Jenn J McLeod and I have to say, that I am now officially a fan. Jenn lives out on the Australian road, and it really shows with her detailed settings of small towns, placing you right in the thick of a family story and in a setting so detailed, you feel like you live there as a local.

        The Other Side of The Season is a family tale full of secrets, regrets, redemption and a twist that even I didn't see coming. The book flicks between 1979 and 2005. A generation of 'sliding doors' moments. A tragedy occurs at a Coffs Coast Banana Plantation, triggering choices made for the right reasons and some for incredibly selfish ones, which all have a fallout leaving scars, heartbreak and opportunity.

        The book centres around a mother and daughter. Tilly, a headstrong girl with a difficult past, who wants nothing more than to escape the small town she feels trapped in; and Sidney (named after the Australian artist Sidney Nolan), just as headstrong, who leaves a bad relationship and a cold Blue Mountains winter by taking her younger brother on a road trip to Byron Bay. She just doesn't tell him that there will be a small detour to solve a family secret. With each conversation, the secrets rise ever closer to the surface and what was once buried, resurfaces at Watercolour Cove.

        Jenn writes in a style that takes you down hillsides, beaches and coves, into warm kitchens and art galleries, where you pick up threads of a story and weave them together as you turn the pages. Just when you think you have it all mapped out, bang! Jenn surprises you and takes you on another journey.

        I felt real rage and dislike for one of the characters, real empathy and heartbreak for another, and one I wanted to shake a bit! I think a book that can stir up emotion towards it's characters is the sign of a bloody good one!

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        5.0

        Memorable Characters with compelling family drama

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        from Brisbane, Qld

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        Pros

        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Engaging Characters
        • Page Turner
        • Suspenseful
        • Well Written

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          • Gift
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          • Travel Reading

          Comments about The Other Side of the Season:

          This well written novel starts with a character that is writing a letter. To who or why, we won't now till further on. This book also takes us through one year of 1979 and another 36 years later in 2015. Sometimes I can get confused when this happens but not with Jenn's writing. I somehow figured through the first chapters that the characters are going to be entwined somehow.
          We learn about a fictional place called Watercolour Cove in 2015 and we meet the characters of Sid and her younger brother Jake. Both characters I fell in love with straight away. I found the character of Jake making me laugh at his antics and his hilarious throw back remarks to his sister which kept me entertained from beginning to the end. Jake reminded me of my own older brother with joking around. Just as we follow why they are heading to Watercolour Cove we then start a new chapter in Greenfill Banana Plantation 1979.
          In 1979 we meet a lot of characters and some I would love and some I would think were horrible. It's not till further on, that my opinions will change for some of them.
          On reading about Watercolour Cove it did remind me of Nambucca Heads where I had a few holidays there in my younger days and it wasn't till the end of the book on reading Jenn's thank yous that I saw that the V.Wall from Nambucca Heads featured in the book. It is always lovely reading a book of places that you know and love.
          This storyline totally moved me in every way with all the memorable characters, the compelling family drama with dark threads and secrets entwined through the pages, lies, love and death. I could not put the book down as I was totally captivated in reading and finishing such an enjoyable book.
          We learn from this book that long held secrets from the past never stay hidden and will eventually come to the surface.
          I wasn't ready for the ending and I will warn now, that tissues should be on hand for those that feel strong emotions.
          Jenn brings her characters to life.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great book

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          from Australia

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          • Engaging Characters
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          • Well Written

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            Comments about The Other Side of the Season:

            Great book

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Another great read by Jenn J McLeod.

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            from Queanbeyan, NSW

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            Pros

            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Engaging Characters
            • Page Turner
            • Well Written

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gift
              • Older Readers
              • Travel Reading
              • Younger Readers

              Comments about The Other Side of the Season:

              Thoroughly enjoyable fourth book by Jenn J. McLeod. Characters are all interesting but 'real' and there is an unexpected twist.

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              ISBN: 9781925030310
              ISBN-10: 1925030318
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Published: 1st May 2016
              Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
              Country of Publication: AU
              Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 3.0
              Weight (kg): 0.52